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[edit] Milkymist

  • We decided to market Milkymist One as a video synthesizer, not interactive VJ station as planned before. Almost everybody on the project felt that video synthesizer would get more people to understand quicker what the product does, and lead them in the right direction with their second question, whereas interactive VJ station would send them in all sorts of different directions.
  • Yi Zhang took a series of Milkymist One product shots at the Mayray photo studio in Shanghai.
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One of many new features and improvements in Milkymist One.
Milkymist One at labSurlab in Medellín, Colombia, April 7, 2011
  • Xiangfu Liu added a screenshot feature to Milkymist One, here's a collection of screenshots.
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  • Real-time video synthesis is an exciting feature of Milkymist One. There are still few recordings of performances, because nobody has a VGA grabber, and real-time encoding and streaming into formats such as Ogg Theora or WebM is possible but will require substantial work. Kristian Paul has recorded a small segment with a second video camera... (another one from Sebastien)
Kpaul m1 video-in sample.ogv
Video-in with Milkymist One. [0:27 min, 19.6 MB]
  • Xiangfu Liu demonstrated Open Sound Control ("OSC") with his Milkymist One. OSC is another promising way to control Milkymist One, with nice clients on popular smartphones and tablets.
TouchOSC-control-m1-performence.ogv
Controlling Milkymist One from an Android phone over OSC (Note: video without sound). [0:57 min, 6.5 MB]
  • Slashdot carried a post about our soon-to-be launched open CPU - Milkymist. [1]
  • Sebastien started writing a nice Wikipedia article about the Milkymist project. [2]
  • Sebastien managed to get a clarification from Google that they are not planning to release open and free sources for their WebM hardware codec. [3]
  • Two threads on the mailing list discussed plans about adding a MMU to the Milkymist SoC. [4], [5]
  • Hong Kong based Sharism Ltd, manufacturer of the Milkymist One, sold out its batch of Milkymist One RC2 units. A big THANKS! to all supportive buyers who believed in this product at such an early stage. RC3 will be available soon...
  • Adam Wang reported on the latest Milkymist One RC3 production status. [6]

[edit] NanoNote

Ben UBB VGA.ogv
Ben NanoNote and external VGA display. [0:27 min, 4.8 MB]
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Ben and Ben talking. [3:30 min, 14.9 MB]
(background info: the video was cut using the command-line melt utility from the MTL framework, sound track P97 made with Korg Kaossilator, scripts)
  • Tuxbrain continued with ben-wpan production, PCBs have been made (see picture), component mounting date (SMT) is scheduled for next week.
Tuxbrain's ben-wpan PCBs.
  • kyak proposed a Russian keyboard layout for the NanoNote, Jane took it one step further and hacked her keyboard into a Colemak layout! [9]
Russian keyboard layout proposed by kyak.
Fabric paint as adhesive.
Jane's finished Colemak keyboard layout.
  • viric has been (for a while already) maintaining nanonixos, a Nix package manager based distribution for the Ben NanoNote. [10]
  • Mark Tuson reported running Debian Wheezy on his NanoNote. [11]
  • David Kuehling added hardware acceleration to the MPlayer video player, which can now play most files in Ogg Theora and WebM formats up to 320x240 and 30fps, and most audio except for surround-sound. Smaller video files are automatically played back full-screen by using the CPU's hardware-scaler. [12]
Big Buck Bunny from the Blender Foundation running on Ben NanoNote.
  • Hans Bezemer released 4tH v3.61.1 for the Ben Nanonote. Changelog
4tH on Ben, thanks to Hans Bezemer
Ben NanoNote OpenWrt 2011-05-28 image after bootup.
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