Paulo Blikstein How open hardware can revolutionize education (or how we might fail miserably) -
I design and research expressive technologies for learning, especially for underprivileged populations, as well as computational modeling and complexity science. (the talk text) if from his TED talk.
Blikstein’s research focus on how new technologies can deeply transform the learning of science, engineering, and mathematics. He creates and researches cutting-edge technologies for use in inner-city schools, such as computer modeling, robotics, and rapid prototyping, creating constructionist learning environments in which children learn science and mathematics by building sophisticated projects and devices. A recipient of the prestigious NSF Early Career Award, Blikstein holds a PhD. from Northwestern University, an MSc. from the MIT Media Lab, and a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of São Paulo.
Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as “a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced”. With such a big challenge ahead we need to make sure as many people as possible have access to open parallel hardware and development tools.
Inspired by great hardware communities like Raspberry Pi and Arduino, we also see a critical need for a truly open, high-performance computing platform that will enable us to close the knowledge gap in parallel programming.
The goal of the Parallella project is to democratize access to parallel computing through providing an affordable open hardware platform and open source tools, and supporting learning and the development of software which is able to harness the power of parallel systems.
The multicore Propeller microcontroller, kits, and development boards, programmable in Spin. The Parallax P8X32A Propeller chip, introduced in 2006, is a multi-core architecture parallel microcontroller with eight 32-bit RISC CPU cores. The Parallax Propeller microcontroller, Propeller Assembly language, and Spin interpreter were designed by one person, Parallax’s co-founder and president Chip Gracey. The Spin Programming language and “Propeller Tool” integrated development environment were designed by Chip Gracey and Parallax’s software engineer Jeff Martin – Wikipedia.
Harris Kyriakou, Steven Englehardt and Jeffrey V. Nickerson. Traces of Innovation in Thingiverse -
Innovation inside companies is difficult to see. But an emerging online community of inventors who publicly post 3D CAD drawings of their work provide a way to observe – and perhaps amplify – innovation. In this paper we analyze the network structure of Thingiverse, a website oriented toward 3D printing. This form of printing blurs the line between creating information and manufacturing objects: drawings can be sent to devices that build 3D objects out of many materials, including resin, ceramics, and metal . As an exploratory study, we analyzed the structure of Thingiverse links. Our results suggest that analysis of remix network structure may provide ways of tracing innovation processes and detecting the emergence of new ideas, combination of disparate ideas.
The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that enables fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.
Public Lab is a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns. Using inexpensive DIY techniques, we seek to change how people see the world in environmental, social, and political terms.
Jason Huggins Tapsterbot, The Mobile App Testing Robot -
Tapster is a robot for automating mobile applications on a mobile device. Use Tapster to automate apps on mobile devices, such as iPhone or Android. If you’re a software developer, any time you change a line of code, you need to check that every important interaction still works in the app on a real device. Sure, you can manually check things yourself, or have your friends and family do it for you a few times, but that gets old quickly. Life is too short for manual testing – have a robot do it for you!
The NeoLucida is a drawing aid that allows you to trace what you see. It’s the first portable, authentic camera lucida to be manufactured in nearly a century. We love camera lucidas, and we think they can help people understand art history in provocative new ways—so we launched aKickstarter to help make this remarkable device widely available to students, artists, architects, and anyone who loves to draw from life. The response to our Kickstarter was remarkable — we received orders for more than 8500 devices — and so we’re now working to make even more NeoLucidas available. We hope you’ll agree that the NeoLucida allows exciting new ways of drawing, seeing, and thinking about the history of art and technology.
Mathilde Berchon. The State of Open Hardware Entrepreneurship in 2013 -
Welcome on MakingSociety Wiki: Sourcing Open Hardware Companies.
The aim of this wiki is to document the rise of open soure hardware companies.
My talk will be about the state of open hardware entrepreneurship. I noticed a while ago that there were no real data giving a great overview of the open hardware startup movement. I started gathering data that had never been made available before. It’s a 6 minutes talk but I’ll try to make it packed with interesting information. The whole presentation and data will be available on MakingSociety right after the summit.
Ken Burns. Launching an Open Source Hardware Business with Crowdfunding -
TinyCircuits is an Open Source Hardware company specializing in designing and manufacturing very small (Tiny) electronics. Based out of Akron, OH, TinyCircuits was originally started in 2011
by Ken Burns as AkroSense, with the intent to develop cheap, smart (very easy to use) and tiny sensors. During development of the intial sensor prototypes, we realized the need for a host processor platform to use – and the Arduino was the perfect fit. After showing off the prototypes to our friends, we began to shift our focus to building out the TinyDuino platform first, offering a core set of building blocks for makers to use to build cool stuff.
All of our products are built in Ohio, and we hope to grow the company and help to add good quality jobs to our local community here in Akron.
@ohsummit #summit – Amanda W0z “Collective Innovation Enjoy The Mess” – her talk was about project management for large project (open source hardware projects and beyond).You can see and hear some past w0z on “Ask an Engineer” here.
Alice has practiced law in the technology area for over ten years, including as Vice President & Associate General Counsel at Rackspace US, Inc. until 2013. While at Rackspace, Alice helped launch the OpenStack project and Foundation, and served on the Foundation’s Legal Affairs Committee. Alice served on Rackspace’s Technical Change Management Board, and founded and managed its Intellectual Property Committee. Alice began her legal career in banking, and has seven years of experience in banking operations and regulatory matters.
The “open” movements (software, data, hardware) are all gaining momentum globally as the engines of discovery and innovation. The open funding movement (crowdfunding) is trying to keep up.
Kickstarter and other platforms are enabling innovative projects that would not have seen the light of day a few years ago. However, it is still illegal in the United States to offer equity securities through crowdfunding. Founders on Kickerstarter and other platforms cannot offer their investors a return on the investment, only a token of appreciation, such as a ticket to an event, or attribution.
Although Congress passed legislation to legalize crowdfunding on April 5, 2012 as part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, the SEC has been slow to adopt the implementing regulations. There is plenty of public debate about the wisdom of the law, and whether the SEC is legitimately delaying, or is being manipulated by the institutional forces that don’t want a change in the status quo. No need to detail all of that here, and it won’t matter soon since the JOBS act gives the SEC a deadline of September 2013. We should have some regulations soon.
The crowdfunding law, if implemented faithfully, could create investment that is not feasible under the existing financial ethos. Crowdfunders want to invest, not donate, but they may not need a competitive rate of return measured solely by dollars. Community based investors may understand that their investment return includes unmeasurables, such as improvements in their community, the environment, the arts. This orientation toward investing does not compute for many in the financial world, and probably confounds SEC rule makers.
The SEC can scuttle this law by burdening the process with complex rules. The burden of just reading and understanding what is required under existing SEC rules is not insignificant – many thousands of lawyers make an excellent living providing this service for businesses and investors.