OpenSprinkler Pi (OSPi) is an open-source sprinkler / irrigation extension board for Raspberry Pi (RPi). It is based on the design of OpenSprinkler, but its ‘brain’ is an RPi instead of an AVR microcontroller.
Ray has published everything you need to create your own OpenSprinkler Pi. Check it out here!
Attendees and viewers at home cast their support for GrowCubes. The idea of stackable greenhouses small enough for a New York City apartment really captured the imagination of the public. And for that they’ll be taking home the $15,000 reader’s prize.
Have you ever looked at your hair dryer and wondered if it could make a killer latte? Or if your desk lamp could double as a projector in a pinch? Probably not, but design student Weilun Tseng dreams of of a future where household appliances can be reconfigured as easily as Lego bricks.
Tseng was inspired by photographer Todd McClellan, who obsessively deconstructs mechanical objects, and a growing personal frustration with the mountains of electronic waste that result from a culture of planned obsolescence. Tseng deconstructed 50 common household gadgets, everything from fans to tea kettles, and realized that you could recreate all of them with five basic modules: a light socket, rotating motor, air heater, immersion heater, and a heated surface.
The Red Cross, internationally, recently began to use open source software and data in all of its projects, he said. Free software reduces or eliminates project “leave behind” costs, or the amount of money required to keep something running after the Red Cross leaves. Any software or data compiled by the Red Cross are now released under an open-source or share-alike license.
Led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines.
Our goal is to drive a more thoughtful, expressive, and open relationship between users, developers, and their phones. To give you the power to decide what your phone does, how it looks, where and what it’s made of, how much it costs, and how long you’ll keep it. Here’s a sneak peek at early designs for Project Ara –
Few hardware companies would dream of giving up their design secrets, but for a growing niche of entrepreneurs, doing just that is a pillar of their business.
The open-source hardware movement is migrating from the garage to the marketplace. Companies that follow an open-source philosophy make their physical designs and software code available to the public. By doing so, these companies engage a wave of makers, hobbyists and designers who don’t just want to buy products, but have a hand in developing them.
The Innovation Act of 2013, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition, offers a host of fixes to the problem of patent trolls—whose abusive litigation has exploded in recent years, putting a drain on our innovation economy and harming innocent end users.
Patent trolls buy up patents and use them offensively against unsuspecting businesses—without creating or selling anything themselves. Making broad claims of infringement based on patents of questionable validity is the troll’s favorite move. Most defendants choose to settle because patent litigation is risky and expensive—and trolls offer settlement amounts that, although still incredibly burdensome, are far cheaper than a lawsuit. Businesses who are targeted—including cafés running Wi-Fi, app developers, offices using scanners, and podcasters—lose both time and money, and innovation suffers.
In a televised question-and-answer session in February, President Obama weighed in. “They don’t actually produce anything themselves,” he said of trolls. “They’re just trying to essentially leverage and hijack somebody else’s idea and see if they can extort some money out of them.”
About a third of the way into the 45-minute “Fireside Hangout,” Obama fielded a question from Limor Fried, an electrical engineer and proprietor of Adafruit Industries, a New York DIY and tool shop. (Google picked the president’s five interlocutors, based largely on their online popularity, and flagged for the White House ahead of time which topics would likely come up.) “When I go around and talk to other entrepreneurs,” Fried explained to Obama, “what I hear is they’re worried that if they become successful they’re going to be targeted by software patent trolls.” Sure, the president and Congress have passed some legislation on patents, she granted. But what about that?
What had been a lawyer-saturated fight between tech-industry giants has become a conversation between the president of the United States and a pink-haired electrical engineer from SoHo.
Why is openness important in hardware? “Because open hardware platforms become the platform where people start to develop their own products,” Banzi told Ars. “For us, it’s important that people can prototype on the BeagleBone [a similar product] or the Arduino, and if they decide to make a product out of it, they can go and buy the processors and use our design as a starting point and make their own product out of it.”
Newark put together a survey of 4,000 professional engineers and over 4,000 students and hobbyists. The result: 56% of the professional engineers said they were more likely to use open-source hardware this year than in the past. Of course, over 80% the students and hobbyists were looking to open-source hardware.
Thirty years ago this month, the GNU system announcementsparked a conversation that has grown into the global free software movement. Now we invite you to join the GNU community in celebrating this important occasion, and creating a future where GNU is stronger than ever.
PirateBox is a self-contained mobile communication and file sharing device. Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movement, PirateBox utilizes Free, Libre and Open Source software (FLOSS) to create mobile wireless file sharing networks where users can anonymously chat and share images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content.
The PirateBox can be built using a number of different configurations depending upon your needs and budget. The basic system consists of a lightweight web server connected to a wireless device. When users join the PirateBox wireless network and open a web browser, they are automatically redirected to the PirateBox welcome page. They can then begin uploading or downloading files.
/u/Masada_ posted several pictures inside his own box, provided a list of parts, and links to other PirateBox building resources. So check it out!
Eagle PCB Design Software it’s hugely adopted across the Open Source Software community: surely many of you already used Eagle to create boards and circuitry and the Eagle format has become sort of a standard in the maker community to share design openly.
Because of this huge penetration in the community, we decided to dig a little more in deep in Eagle Software plans and views to allow our readers to have a more detailed glance about the software future.
For this reason we interviewed CadSoft Computer GmbH managing director Thomas Liratsch.
“We have been prototyping him with the idea of ‘what if these robots were completely open source, if they were completely social – a smartphone equivalent of a robot?’”
Intel has also created another type of robot named Paul, which can talk to Jimmy and interact with it.
Intel will launch its Twenty-first Century Robot project next week at the Maker Faire in New York. From that point, you’ll be able to download material online that gives you steps to build robots like Jimmy, Johnson revealed.
“[Jimmy's] specs are online so you can build your own and 3D print it via open source,” said Johnson, as he excitedly promised a series of future robot maker fairs, where Intel will bring people together and give them robot-building kits, enabling them to eventually share their designs with other people.
“Imagine a future with robots – design them, print them, program them and share them,” Johnson concluded.