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2014 People's Choice Award: Cast your vote

Vote now for the 2014 People's Choice Award

We're happy to announce the nominees for this year's People Choice Award. Each year Opensource.com enjoys recognizing our top contributors as a way to celebrate our community. Those people who submit their open source stories to us and become authors on the site are a big part of what makes our community vibrant and inspirational. They invest time in sharing their knowledge and thoughts with us, so the People Choice Award is one way we can give back and recognize them. » Read more

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Arduinos, 3D printing, and more at Red Hat open hardware day

Opensource.com 3D printed coin

The Opensource.com team gathered in one of the large conference rooms at Red Hat tower in Raleigh on March 21 to make an open hardware day of it. » Read more

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Open source hardware takes flight

Flying with open source

This past Friday, we celebrated our Open Hardware Week here at Opensource.com with a staff open hardware workshop. Among the many fun things ranging from 3D printing to tinkering with Arduino boards and related electronics, I brought in a tiny remote control quadcopter which got back in December. It isn’t open hardware per se, but I figured buying a cheaper version would be a good option for me before I made the commitment to invest in pricier hardware for a DIY approach. The verdict? Totally fun! We had some nice minorly-destructive crashes inside Red Hat Tower before calling it a day. » Read more

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Digitize any book in the public domain

open up

A form of poetry in India called Vachana sahitya is part of the popular Indian language, Kannada. It evolved in the 11th century and flourished in the 12th as part of the religious Lingayatha movement. Since that time, more than 259 Vachana writers, called Vachanakaru, have compiled over 11,000 Vachanas (verses).

21,000 of these verses were digitally published into 15 volumes, called Samagra Vachana Samputa, by the government of Karnataka. These volumes were then turned into a standalone project called Vachana Sanchaya; this project was taken on by two Kannada Wikimedians, a Kannada linguist, and the author O. L. Nagabhushana Swamy—to enrich the Kannada WikiSource. This team used Unicode, a standard of consistency for converting text (and code) into a new format. » Read more

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Book of fun and easy electronics projects

Arduino open electronics

"When you go to a store and buy an electronic gizmo, does it ever occur to you that you could make one yourself? Or even that it would be FUN to make one yourself?" This is how John Baichtal's Arduino for Beginners: Essential Skills Every Maker Needs begins, and that same curiosity and ingenuity flows through the entire book.

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Six open electronics littleBits community projects

open electronics littleBits

littleBits makes electronic modules that snap together with magnets—no soldering, wiring or programming required. We believe in the power of open innovation—our designs are publicly available so that anyone can see and use them, and we foster a community of contributors who experiment, share online and learn from each other’s creativity.

Our growing community consists of engineers, designers, artists, educators, makers, hackers, kids and parents—the list goes on! » Read more

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Going to the extreme to make 3D printers open source

Lulzbot 3D printer cluster

The best way to explain 3D printing to someone is to show them. But since Jeff Moe can’t carry around one of his Lulzbot 3D printers, he has taken to packing 3D-printed parts in his pocket so that he can show them off when he runs into people who aren't familiar with the concept.

"A lot of time when you're explaining it, people are thinking of a 3D movie or something like that," said Moe, CEO of Aleph Objects, the largest manufacturer of open source 3D printers. "I literally carry around parts with me and show people the different things that 3D printers can do because that explains it a lot better," Moe said. » Read more

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Small group of makers transforms a big idea into a community of users

belief

Belief in a more collaborative process. Perseverence to make things better. Shared knowledge and access for all. These are the things that come to mind when I think about the work the e-NABLE community is doing.

Though they're on a trajectory without a clear future, their vision is crystal. To share what they've created with the world and allow the natural course of innovation and invention to change lives—without the obstacles of patents and the barriers of cost. » Read more

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pedalSHIELD designed using the open source tool KiCad

open source music

JR wrote to us to share his open hardware project: pedalSHIELD. It's a great example of open hardware + open source software + open instructions and tutorials.

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There are a good number of nice programmable DIY guitar pedals out there. So, the pedalSHIELD is nothing new, except for the fact that I think we've strived harder than the rest to keep the project open, simple, supported, and affordable. The idea was to design a platform for Arduino users to learn about digital signal processing, effects, and synthesizers—also to experiment without a deep knowledge in electronics or programming.

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TinyCircuits for big projects with small open hardware needs

tinycircuit for tracking your cata

Need a technology podcast to add to your queue? Check out Dave and Gunnar's show at dgshow.org.

Dave is the Chief Technologist for Red Hat's US Public Sector group and a self-described drum playing, motorcycle riding computer geek, husband, dad, and catechist.

Gunnar is the Chief Strategist for Red Hat's US Public Sector group whose ears perk up around discussions about cross-domain security, edge innovation, and interagency collaboration through the open source model. » Read more

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