Just a few days ago it was officially 6 months since the release of Ultibo, in fact at almost the exact time of the first announcement we were on a plane heading to Sydney to talk about what Ultibo is and what you can use it for.
That got us thinking and we realized that in just 6 months Ultibo has opened up a whole new world of options for creating the kinds of things you have been wanting to create.
Take a couple of recent examples, in June we announced support for I2C and SPI devices amongst many other things. If you’ve ever had a look at the websites of suppliers like Adafruit or Pimoroni you might have noticed just how many useful addons like sensors, displays and controllers use these protocols to communicate. So now if you have access to a datasheet or some example code most of these cool gadgets are available to use in your Ultibo projects.
The other announcement that quietly came and went was support for connecting Arduino devices to your Ultibo projects and allowing you to communicate with them. At first glance that might not seem revolutionary but think about the possibilities that come from combining the world of Arduino with the power of Raspberry Pi and Ultibo and at the same time removing the limits imposed by an operating system.
A project like Ultibo has no end, no point at which it is complete because there will always be more to add and new things we want to support. The best time to start creating your own exciting world of gadgets is today so why not just get started.
We’re very pleased that the Australian Delphi Users Group (ADUG) has invited Ultibo to present at their annual symposium, here’s the announcement from Ultibo and ADUG member Paul.
Australian Delphi Users Group (ADUG) are pleased to announce that Garry Wood (Ultibo’s co-creator) will be speaking on Ultibo at this years Symposium.
The symposiums, while mainly based around Delphi (Lazarus’s commercial cousin), present on a range of delphi and pascal related topics. They are one day events held, this year, in Sydney and Melbourne in the first week of August.
For those people in the general neighbourhoods it will a good time to pick the creator’s brain and also meet the delphi/pascal programming community.
So much has happened since we released Ultibo core it almost seems like a lot more than just a few months. We’ve been busy adding support for the Raspberry Pi 3, adding new features and drivers to support more hardware as well as squashing a few unwanted bugs along the way.
To make sure it remains as easy as ever to get started with Ultibo we’ve updated the Windows installer to include all of the latest features as of now. You can see more info about what else has changed by going to the announcement in the forum but in simple terms it includes everything that has happened since the previous release.
You can download the latest version of the installer by visiting the download page and use it to update your existing installation or to install Ultibo core from scratch.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes the only way to really explain something is to show it. To help everyone make the most of what Ultibo core has to offer we’ve started a new video series called Discovering Ultibo.
In each episode we’ll cover a different topic which could be anything from a simple code example to hints and tips you might not have found yet. The first two episodes in the series are now available and of course episode 1 covers the all important getting started, in episode 2 we open up the world of possibilites created by having USB support and show that just because Ultibo core doesn’t use an operating system it doesn’t have to be lacking in functionality.
We hope you enjoy the videos and look forward to hearing your suggestions for future topics, you can find the latest episode of Discovering Ultibo by clicking on the YouTube icon at the bottom of every page on the website.
It’s been a couple of months now since Ultibo core was released and we’ve noticed lately that the comments and questions have started to turn from exploring to thinking about how to do certain tasks.
Ultibo member Ron from Germany told us about his Z80 CP/M emulator that he built with Ultibo core, some may not remember the Z80 processor but it found its way into many of the products we all knew. Things like the Radio Shack TRS-80, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and even the hugely popular GameBoy was based on a version of the Z80. In fact variations of it are still being made today, so you can see it is pretty awesome that Ron made his own emulator using Ultibo core.
We’d love to hear about what you are working on. It doesn’t have to be the latest and greatest idea, it could even be a work in progress.
So tell us about your projects, post a short description, a photo or a screenshot. Whatever it is we’re always excited to hear about it and you never know who else might be too, maybe it really will be the next big thing.
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