Chris Clark is the IT director at SparkFun Electronics in Boulder, Colorado. He talked with Opensource.com community manager Jason Hibbets, late last year during the All Things Open conference about open hardware. He answers a lot of awesome questions about open hardware, where it's going and where... Read more
Earlier this year, I shared my story about open source designs and my 3D printed prosthetic hand to a room of 4,600+ at Intel’s Annual International Sales Conference in Las Vegas. I joined Jon Schull on stage, the founder of e-NABLE, an online group dedicated to open source 3D printable assistive... Read more
Jason Kridner is the co-founder of BeagleBoard.org, where he has helped create open source development tools such as BeagleBone Black, BeagleBone, BeagleBoard, and BeagleBoard-xM. Kridner is also a software architecture manager for embedded processors at Texas Instruments (TI).
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When you walk into the cavernous, old tire plant of Canal Place in Akron, Ohio, the last thing that you'd expect to find in this big building is such a "tiny" treasure. Unexpected though it may be, this is where Ken Burns and the TinyCircuits team has set up shop, and it's where they make tiny open... Read more
One of my favorite quotes is "We are what we celebrate." Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics, says this and it comes up on an almost daily basis one way or another in my work in open source hardware and education. One of the challenges of getting more young people into engineering and computer... Read more
If you're looking around for 3D printers that are both inexpensive and open source friendly, the Printrbot Simple Kit will probably catch your attention. This Kit sells for close to $300, and for our team required a full-day of DIY assembly, though skilled makers might be able to put it together in... Read more
Kids are quick learners and have great imaginations. When pursuing an electronic or hardware project with a kid, the most important thing to keep in mind is: keep things playful. As long as their hands are in gunk and they are taking things apart, or there's the possibility of blowing something up... Read more
Last year, Lauren Egts designed and programmed a game (The Great Guinea Pig Escape) using a youth-focused programming language called Scratch. She presented it at the 2013 Cleveland Mini Maker Faire where it caught the eye of Element14's David Hamblin. He was impressed, and in June, Opensource.com ... Read more
This month marks nine years since O'Reilly Media launched Make magazine, which was the first time many who had already been "makers" for some time started using that term. A year later, Maker Faire launched as a place for them to share their creations. Last year 100 Maker Faires were held in on... Read more