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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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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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Interview with Jenn Karson, co-founder of Vermont Makers

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SparkFun’s Department of Education engages in educational outreach all over the country, and we’re always impressed and excited when we run into people and organizations as enthusiastic about electronics as we are. Over the past few years we’ve met a lot of people involved in the maker movement on the east coast, and Vermont continues to stand out as a state invested in furthering STEAM and electronics education in new ways. (In fact, Vermont’s Department of Education recently instituted a grant structure that will give SparkFun Inventor Kits to Career and Technical Education Centers around the state to provide preliminary Arduino training for FIRST Robotics teams!)

One of our friends in Vermont is Jenn Karson, who is on the forefront of the maker and open source movements there, and has worked with SparkFun on several educational endeavors, including the Champlain Mini Maker Faire. We recently caught up with her to talk about her experiences.

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Top 10 open business articles from 2012

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The top story in business this year on opensource.com was the news that Red Hat reached one billion dollars in annual revenue. This is a major win for the open source software industry and the open source movement. "It is a victory for open source advocates everywhere," said CEO Jim Whitehurst. "No billion dollar milestone would be complete without honoring the open source community." And donations were made to several organizations that support the open source movement. » Read more

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Poll: Which Linux board would you use to create your next project?

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Recently, we compared Raspberry Pi, Allwinner and CuBox Linux hardware boards. » Read more

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Make anything into a key with Makey Makey invention kit

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Piano stairs? Water bucket Dance Dance Revolution? Play-Doh Super Mario Brothers! Makey Makey is an invention kit that connects to your computer and uses a special board to turn everyday items into keys. It tricks your computer into thinking that almost anything (that even slightly conducts electricty) is a keyboard. As you can see in this video, the world is your oyster-key-input. » Read more

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Open source hardware: Fast and malleable

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SparkFun is not like BMW. We will never be the company to produce the luxury market version of breakout boards and development tools. I believe the only way SparkFun will survive this quickly changing world is to be malleable. We have to be ready to change. » Read more

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Do you use open source hardware?

Do you use open source hardware?

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.

Which got me thinking... » Read more

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