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Open source hardware holds the same promise as software

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I see SparkFun Electronics mentioned often in my social media stream, so I jumped at the chance to interview Chris Clark, the company's Director of Information Technology.

From their website: SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. Our ever-growing product catalog boasts over 3,500 components and widgets designed to help you unleash your inner inventor... Through our Department of Education, SparkFun offers classes and online tutorials designed to help educate individuals in the wonderful world of embedded electronics... We believe an open market is a healthy market and we open source all of our product designs. SparkFun subscribes to the belief that open source tech encourages innovation and creativity, while helping empower individuals to build the projects they want.

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Arduino and the (tinker) light workshop

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Last month, Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino project, held a workshop at the Foundation Achille Castiglioni in Milan called: Arduino and the light.

Participants created an interactive lamp digitally manufactured and designed by Habits Studio. After an introduction about the potentiality of Arduino and to the fundamentals of interactivity, Massimo Banzi led participants through exercises to discover the basis of Arduino and some sensors. Then, over the weekend, everyone built their own lamp, making it interactive by using the components of TinkerKit!—a collection of different sensors and actuators to make prototyping much easier as you can directly hook them up to the Arduino.

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Five Questions with LadyAda (Limor Fried)

Five Questions

This 5-questions interview is with Limor Fried (Ladyada of Adafruit Industries), and in it I ask some questions about open hardware and, more specifically, the Flora, her newest open hardware creation. » Read more

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