26 Dec '15, 3am

Little Helper: Open Source Hardware Hacker Multitool

We love a good multitool. There’s something seductive about knowing that if, for some reason, you need to saw down a tree on a moment’s notice, you have a tiny saw in your pocket. We also like electronic versions of the multitool: gadgets that serve a lot of purposes as you develop and debug hardware. One of the most polished-looking ones we’ve seen is [Phillip Schuster’s] Little Helper . The open source gadget looks like an iPod (if an iPod had header pins sticking out of it). It has basic analog I/O capability, can generate PWM pulses, sniff I2C traffic, and do lots of other features. It is open source, so you can always add more capabilities if you need them. Even if you don’t care about the Little Helper’s functionality, it is a great study in making a device that looks like an iPod with a similar interface. There have been plenty of similar designs floating around for...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2015/12/25/little-helper-open-source-...

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