Hackaday had an amazing opportunity to sit down with [Ivan Godard] who discussed the Mill CPU development which his company — Out of the Box Computing — has been working on for about a decade. The driving force behind Mill development is that optimizations to existing architectures can only get you so far. At some point you need to come up with a new processor that builds on success and failure of its predecessors.
I didn’t plan to start a company, I just became obsessed with solving a problem: “how do you make electronics modular, scalable and creative?” littleBits is an open source library of modular electronics that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun.
We want people to create their own prototypes, installations or just learn about electronics without any wiring, programming or soldering. Since littleBits was founded two years ago, we’ve created 40+ modules, sold product in over 60 countries, grown our Manhattan-based company to 32 people and raised over $4.5m in funding. My favorite project was the 4 foot interactive installations we created for the MoMA Design Store. And my favorite moment ever was (last week!) when I was standing in a concert at Le Poisson Rouge, listening to Reggie Watts and Nullsleep perform with a synth kit that we made with the incredible KORG! Check out the video here.
For more info, see my TED talk and bio, for more info.
We want to put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone, and help everyone become an inventor. Feel free to AMA!
Today the word “hacker” is returning to its original use; that of a technical genius who likes to explore the technical world and reshape it to his or her desires in a non-destructive way.
No longer unemployable, today’s hackers are in high demand. Law enforcement sees hackers as valuable assets in fighting today’s sophisticated cyber-criminals; companies see hackers as the front-line against complex cyber threats; and nation states see hackers both as a valuable resource and as a marketplace when it comes to building, and defending against, advanced cyber weapons.
We are what we celebrate, hacking is what got us all here and what will continue to propel us. Companies have hack days, there are “hacker scouts” – hackers explore and share. Hardware hacking.. the gov had a Hack day.
Inside Sony headquarters, at the heart of Tokyo’s Shinagawa district, Yasuhiro Ootori is about to reveal something that almost no one outside the Japanese tech giant has ever seen: the inside of a PlayStation 4.
It’s the middle of October, four weeks before the new game console is due to reach stores in the U.S. and Canada, and Ootori — director of the mechanical engineering team in charge of the PS4 — is surrounded by a phalanx of other Sony engineers, several PR handlers, two journalists, and six guys set to capture the moment on video. Not to mention the interpreter who will instantly translate his commentary into English.
The video producer slaps his hands in front of the two cameras — an imitation of an old movie clapboard — and the Sony man spends the next hour and half taking the console apart, piece by sacred piece. He even wears white gloves. It’s the world’s first PlayStation 4 teardown.
Electronic makers will either publish their own tear downs, or just send stuff in advance to iFixit. What’s inside is becoming more interesting and important to people.
The Finding Ada site has an excerpt up from their women in STEM anthology called A Passion For Science: Tales of Discovery and Invention, which is available here. This excerpt, contributed to the book by Sue Nelson, is about Williamina Fleming who identified and catalogued thousands of stars as well as the Horsehead Nebula which was not “discovered” until years after her death. Her story is truly incredible and inspiring- a must read for anyone interested in astronomy.
Within thirty years of what can only be described as an inauspicious start, Fleming had catalogued over 10,000 stars and had discovered 310 variable stars, 10 novae, 52 nebulae and the hot dense stars known as white dwarfs. Long after her death, when the Hubble Space Telescope unveiled the stunningly beautiful Horsehead Nebula in unprecedented detail, history had already noted that it was Williamina Fleming who had first identified the nebula’s unusual shape.
…She established the first photographic standards of magnitude — an important tool for astronomers — that were then used to measure the brightness of variable stars, whose light fluctuated. She also developed a new Pickering-Fleming system to classify stars by their spectra alphabetically, A, B, C and so on, according to the strength of the star’s hydrogen spectral line.
By 1907 Fleming had been appointed an honorary fellow in astronomy at Jump Cannon’s alma mater and was the first American woman to be elected an honorary member of London’s Royal Astronomical Society. In 1910, Fleming published her discovery of stars that have almost exhausted their nuclear fuel. These small stars have expelled their outer layers, creating a planetary nebula and leaving an extremely dense hot core. They were called white dwarfs because the first few discovered were white.
Below is the Hubble Space Telescope’s picture of the Horsehead Nebula. Read More.
On the evening of October 29, 1969 the first data travelled between two nodes of the ARPANET, a key ancestor of the Internet. Even more important, this was one of the first big trials of a then-radical idea: Networking computers to each other. The men who symbolically turned the key on the connected world we know today were two young programmers, Charley Kline at UCLA and Bill Duvall at SRI in Northern California, using special equipment made by BBN in Cambridge, Massachussetts.
One year ago Hurricane Sandy shut down Adafruit and most of lower Manhattan The hurricane left more than 100 people dead and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage. Adafruit had just moved from our previous location which was basically an apartment to our new factory in Soho, it was a big move for us and a hurricane was not something we expected to deal with. For over one week we did not have power or access to our factory, orders could go out, no inbound shipments, nothing. Each day Ladyada and Phil rode their bikes to check up on the factory from the outside, help others that needed assistance at their old location and document the eerie state Sandy left New York.
Without our customers and community Adafruit would not have been able to make it, thank you everyone who supported us through a very tough time.