I was at the Palmetto Open Source Conference (POSSCON) a few weeks ago and one of the best exhibits was from SparkFun, an electronics company that sells open source hardware, offers classes, and provides online educational tutorials. A massive collection of electronic gadgets drew me to their booth... Read more
Do you remember HeathKit? The company that sold circuit board and resistor kits you could assemble to make your own electronics? Building a HeathKit was no great feat of engineering—it came with a fixed list of parts and the schematic—but it helped you understand how electronics work by letting... Read more
Last month, we put the Raspberry Pi, a tiny $25 Linux computer, in our open source gift guide. It led overwhelmingly as your favorite on the list. But other similar options have been popping up, like the Allwinner A10 ($15) and the CuBox (quite a bit more).
IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, recently carried an article on the history of the popular open hardware microcontroller board, the Arduino.
Peter Kirn at the Create Digital Music blog wants to know about your open source hardware music projects--or even just projects you know about. He writes:
The Open Hardware Summit (OHS), now in its second year, brings together folks from all different backgrounds and truly represents a melting pot of those with interests in the open hardware (open source designs, firmware, software, process) movement. In fact, I’d argue that the open hardware... Read more
If you're interested in open hardware, you should point yourself towards New York next month. Registration has opened for the second Open Hardware Summit, to be held September 15. Conveniently, this again will take place two days before Maker Faire: NYC. Both will be in the New York Hall of Science... Read more
Not long after Nintendo announced its newest handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, gamers began asking the perennial question: Would the device be region locked? And much to the dismay of would-be importers, the answer was an unambiguous "yes": Nintendo does indeed prohibit consoles sold in one geographic... Read more
The Open Source Hardware and Design Aliance (OHANDA) aims to do for hardware what the Creative Commons does for intellectual property and the GPL does for software: open it up. By applying open source principles to trademarks, OHANDA hopes to free devices from some restrictions imposed by patent... Read more
Over at Make: Online last week, Phillip Torrone posted "If You're Going to Kill It, Open Source It!"--his wish list of dead products that he'd like to see given to an open source community for new life. It's a great suggestion--freeing the knowledge that went into a product gives it a little life... Read more