NASA Software Catalog Now Available to All and Free

NASA Software Catalog Available Now

No one can deny the importance of NASA’s scientific contributions, where thanks to their research and discoveries for publish NASA Software Catalog and we have been able to understand a little more where we are and what is around us, among many other achievements for the human race. For some years NASA has changed its policies, since being a publicly-funded agency, much of what they do must also be available to all citizens.

And so it has been, for example, all their images are in the public domain, and in August last year they published more than 850 investigations so that anyone could access them for free. Today NASA, following this policy, is releasing much of the software they have developed and made it available to (almost) anyone.

Free Download NASA Software Catalog

This is the third time NASA publishes software, something that the agency has done since April 2014 and has served for students and companies, as well as for other agencies that have found useful tools and curiosity.

This new software catalog from NASA includes a host of programs for all platforms, including iOS and Android. To be downloaded we must fill out a form where we will give our name and the use we will give the program, because due to the nature of these tools, some can only be used in the United States, but here it is necessary to emphasize that everything is available for free.

The programs are divided into 15 categories, where we can find things that will not be very useful, such as software for the launch of spacecraft, to true jewels such as Earth monitoring systems, ship simulators and environments for astronauts in the ISS, as well as a large number of 3D models, images, textures, and atmospheric references for some bodies of the solar system.

Also, we will find software that will provide us with reports of the meteorological activity of our planet, with coronal mass ejections and masses and changes in the magnetosphere. In general these are tools that will serve for educational and research tasks, where the best thing is that we will not have to pay a penny for them.

Source: NASA

This is The Raspberry Pi Smartwatch Using Windows 98

A user has created a Smartwatch with Windows 98 as an operating system, and has explained in his blog the steps he has taken so that anyone can do it. Raspberry Pi Smartwatch size and design make it not a device that you are going to take to the street, but it seems a project appropriate for these times of technological nostalgia.

This curious smartwatch has been created by the user of Reddit: LordofBone, who has shared in this community a blog post explaining what the process has been. The fundamental hardware to get it has been a Raspberry Pi, since after installing Windows 98 on it decided to go further and create a wrist wearable with it.

“I’ve always had a weakness with Windows 98, even though it brings me back to the madness of days with my old Pentium II system with 64 MB of RAM and using some awful graphics,” says the author. “But on top of that I love wearables and nowadays I have the ability to do things like this. So I thought, would not it be ridiculous and awesome to have Windows 98 on my wrist?”

Raspberry Pi Smartwatch: A project for everyone

Raspberry Pi Smartwatch Windows 98 OS

On its website, LordofBone also explains in detail what are all the materials needed to create this wearable, and gives links to be able to buy each of them, from the housing to the touch screen of 2.4 inches, passing through a battery of 1000 MAh, a circuit to charge it or physical buttons to perform different actions.

To put Windows 98 in the Raspberry Pi only had to follow a guide published two years ago in official forums, and then go slowly joining all the pieces to compose his wristband and configuring the operating system to make use of them. If you are a creator and want to replicate the experiment, your blog explains all the steps and commands to perform and enter to get to this point.

The end result is significantly more robust than the time a user put Windows 95 in an Apple Watch, but it is another proof of the infinite possibilities offered by a Raspberry Pi. LordofBone has said in Reddit that for the moment he has only run a screensaver and the minesweeper, but has ensured that his next project is to install Doom and be able to throw a few games in his nostalgic wearable over the next few days.

MiJia Walkie-Talkie FM Radio From Xiaomi Launched

What Xiaomi dare to show new devices is not a surprise, because of their famous smartphones, its product range significantly expanded, where we saw from electric scooters to folding bikes. But today they are bringing a new product category: Walkie-Talkie.

Xiaomi presents the Mijia Walkie-Talkie, a communications device where the Chinese company bets on design and a wide range of features, all at an attractive price. We know the details.

Xiaomi Mijia Walkie-Talkie

MiJia Walkie-Talkie With Radio FM

They are equipped with a wide network compatibility UHF and VHF (136-174 MHz and 403-) 470 MHz) as well as lock channels for private calls. With this guarantee that it can be used in remote places, for example in cities, where the saturation of the radio signals is.

It comes with support for FM radio, so you can always be present in any available transmitter, plus it has a feature to share our position, which can either be sent to another walkie-talkie or a smartphone through an application.

The most attractive point is that of autonomy, since Xiaomi will charge your battery after us constant use of almost 17 hours, but if you increase the power saving mode this autonomy will be increased to eight days. According to the specifications, the battery is charged from 0 to 100 in just three hours, and thanks to its USB C connector is compatible with a wide range of chargers and even external batteries.

As is customary in Xiaomi, this walkie-talkie only sold in China, whose price is over $36 and is not specified whether it contains one or two devices, as well as no news of an international availability.

Xiaomi has been adding many devices to its portfolio in the past few months. While the company is widely known for its affordable smartphones which are sold around the world, Xiaomi is popular in China due to its Mi Home products sold under the MiJia brand. Its Mi Home ecosystem contains a wide variety of products including rice cookers, air purifiers, security cameras and even a robot vacuum cleaner. The company also recently invested in multiple startups which sell their products under the Xiaomi brand.