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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

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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

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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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7 favorite Raspberry Pi projects

Raspberry Pi

Having recently co-authored a book about building things with the Raspberry Pi (Raspberry Pi Hacks), I've spent a lot of the last couple of years talking about this credit-card-sized Linux computer and seeing fun things people have used it for.

Originally designed for education, the Raspberry Pi was inspired by 1981's BBC Micro, also created for education. But when it was released, what makers saw was a very small computer, perfect for putting in all kinds of projects due to the abilities it has crammed into such a small space. Here are a few of my favorites: » Read more

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Try your hand at these open hardware projects for beginners

Open Hardware Week

Your friends are going on about Arduino, you know that Raspberry Pi isn't actually a baked good filled with fruit, and you've been following along with Open Hardware Week. But where do you start? How do you teach yourself the basics?

Here are some great starter projects for beginners, ranging from simple electronics projects involving batteries and tape to open source beehives.

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Has open hardware finally made its big splash?

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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 it's been. Plus, a big one for a lot of hardware makers out there right now: » Read more

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A 3D printed hand brings the crowd to their feet

open hardware devices

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 devices.

The reaction we got from our talk was unexpected—and it was one of the most awkward and exhilarating experiences of my life. » Read more

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