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Open Hardware and Shareable Design News

Posted in News Roundup at 3:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Recent news about hardware that can be modified and it permissive in that regard


  • Chris Anderson’s Expanding Drone Empire

    At the former Wired editor’s start-up, 3D Robotics, open-source robots take to the skies

  • Out in the Open: Automate Your Home With Your Own Personal SkyNet

    In the meantime, he’s hard at work on a new project called SkyNet Firmware, which will run on the open source Arduino circuit boards, devices you can use to build all sorts of computerized gadgets. “The idea is that you can load SkyNet Firmware on any Arduino compatible device or board,” he says. “The Arduino connects to SkyNet and just waits for commands.” This would let you attach almost anything to SkyNet.

3D Printers

  • MakerBot’s Creative Revolution Runs on Linux

    At the forefront of the 3D printing boom for consumers is MakerBot, whose Linux-based Replicator printers sell for between $1,300 and $3,000 and are small enough to sit on your desktop. Their MakerWare design software runs on any platform and the Thingiverse online community allows more than 13,000 users to download or upload designs in an open source, collaborative model for do-it-yourself manufacturing, according to a sponsored post in The Atlantic.

  • Openknit: a Reprap-inspired open source knitting machine
  • The force of gravity still applies for 3D printers

    So far, in short, I can describe 3D printing as: Building an object, by depositing layers, and creating every layer by drawing it with melted plastic. The key to understanding 3D printing, and thus learning how to do it better, is to think about the objects as a stack of layers. Then, consider how the layers will look like as they are being stacked.

Charles Babcock’s Series of Articles

  • Open-Source Cloud Hardware Grows Up Fast
  • Open Hardware Is Like Linux: True Or False?

    References to Linux come up naturally because it is one of the most successful, sustained, and adopted open-source software projects. New releases of the Linux kernel now appear every 70 days. Each contains up to 10,000 updates and patches, a rate of change that equals 7.14 an hour. Linux’s fame rests not on the fact that it’s frequently modified. Rather, it’s frequently modified and also respected as having a long-term future in the enterprise datacenter. The way things are shaping up, it also very likely has a permanent place in cloud architectures.

  • Open-Source Hardware: Prepare For Disruption

    Facebook, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, and other leading IT users think the open-source movement is ready to shake up the hardware industry the way Linux did in software.


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