Jean Lievens: Open Networking In, What Next?

Design, Hardware
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

Now that networking’s open, what’s next?

Open-source hardware and software from Facebook’s Open Compute Project offer new options, but most enterprises won’t use them for years

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Skorupa expects a third of all IT shops — including the Web-scale players — to adopt open networking. Another third will stick with the tried and true, and the other third may go either way, he said. Read more.

Jean Lievens: Open Source Hardware Changing How We Learn About Electronics

Education, Hardware
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

Open Source Hardware will revolutionize the way we learn Electronics

Just like open source software movement revolutionized the way we learn software – this movement will definitely democratize the way we learn hardware. What I see is people making embedded systems – just like they make softwares independently.

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Sepp Hasslberger: FLOSS (Open Source) Laptop with No Mystery Abusive Software

Hardware
Sepp Hasslberger
Sepp Hasslberger

Finally a laptop geared specifically for open source (free/libre) operating system and software…

Librem 15: A Free/Libre Software Laptop That Respects Your Essential Freedoms

The Purism Librem 15 is the first high-end laptop in the world that ships without mystery software in the kernel, operating system, or any software applications. Every other consumer-grade laptop you can purchase comes with an operating system that includes suspect, proprietary software, and there’s no way for you to know what that software does. The reality is that unless every aspect of your kernel, operating system, and software applications are free/libre and open source, there is no way to know that your computer is truly working in your best interest. Purism is the first to solve this problem. Read more.

Jean Lievens: 32,000 Open Hardware Designs

Hardware
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

32,000 Open Source Hardware Designs

This morning, our community has publicly shared over 32,000 open source hardware designs with the world.

They span the full range of dev boards, power supplies, home automation, solar, picture frames, and wearables.  We can’t speak highly enough of those dedicated to the open source hardware movement, and who choose to share their reference designs, tutorials, and complete layouts so that others can learn and innovate faster.

Jean Lievens: Open Source Hardware Business Models from MakingSociety

Hardware
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

8 Ways to Make a Living with Open Source Hardware

LIST ONLY:

#1 Product – You Sell Your Own
#2 Product – You Sell Products Made by Others
#3 Product – You Sell Products Made with Others
#4 Third-Party – You Sell a Service
#5 Third-Party – You Sell Your Expertise
#6 Knowledge – You Sell Workshops
#7 Donations – You Ask for Donations
#8 Subsidies – You Partner with a Larger Company

Sepp Hasslberger: Rebuilding the Internet as a Commons — Local Mesh First

Access, Autonomous Internet, BTS (Base Transciever Station), Cloud, Design, Hardware, Innovation, P2P / Panarchy, Software, Spectrum
Sepp Hasslberger
Sepp Hasslberger

The internet needs to be re-built from the bottom up. Network locally first and only then connect to the world “out there”.  A local wireless network might be coming to your neighbourhood soon. 

The Rise of the Network Commons, Chapter 1 (draft)

Armin Medosch

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Sepp Hassberger: 3-D Printed Open Source Roadster

Hardware, Innovation, Manufacturing, Materials
Sepp Hasslberger
Sepp Hasslberger

Can local manufacturing compete with automobile mass production? It seems that yes, it can. The technology will improve as time goes on and you can’t beat the price…

3-D Printed Car: NY Daily News Autos gets a ride in the Local Motors “Strati” 3-D printed roadster

The world’s first 3-D printed car is now a reality, and the Daily News Autos got to ride in the car of the future on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Engineered and built by Phoenix-based Local Motors, the 2-passenger roadster, called the “Strati,” can be printed in 44 hours and has a top speed of approximately 50 mph.

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EXTRACT

“This is about simplification and streamlining,” explains Jay Rogers, co-founder and CEO of Local Motors. Rogers was present to give us a tour of the Strati and explain, exactly, 3-D printing tech brings to the automotive world. “All this material you’re looking at,” he says, pointing to the car, “is about $3,500 dollars.”

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Granted, it’s not pretty, but the prototypes ridged edges can be smoothed over with human-powered grinding and sanding. Paint can also be applied to the body-work, though this negates the Strati’s near 100-percent recyclability.

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Jean Lievens: fab labs, open innovation and smart cities

Design, Hardware, Innovation, Manufacturing, Materials
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

4/4 Fabbing & cities: Barcelona Fab City

This post is the fourth of 4 posts about Digital manufacturing (fabbing) environments that we have been publishing weekly on Fridays. In these posts I have shared my research on fab labs, open innovation and smart cities, mainly in Europe and in Spain.

The fourth post is the result of a research on fab labs and their relationship with smartcities. In the last two articles I have written about two recent nodes of the global fab lab network. Although there are other fablabs in Spain, I decided to give visibility to these two initiatives in León and in Sevilla. Among all fab labs in Spain those two are giving a real opportunity to make personal production and digital manufacturing accessible and comprehensible for a wide range of people. However, the most popular manufacturing laboratory in Spain is Fab Lab Barcelona (2008). It is settled in the IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and it is part of the Fab Lab Network. I would like to share my interest in their research on how the digital production ecosystem could make our cities smarter.

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Yoda: Open Source Hardware Association is Officially a Non-Profit Organization!

Hardware, Non-Governmental
Got Crowd? BE the Force!
Got Crowd? BE the Force!

Good, this is.

OSHWA is Officially a Non-Profit Organization!

Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) is thrilled to announce we have just received our official non-profit status!

OSHWA aims to be the voice of the open hardware community, ensuring that technological knowledge is accessible to everyone. We encourage the collaborative development of technology that serves education, environmental sustainability, and human welfare.

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Richard Stallman: FSF and Debian Join Forces — Open Source Software and Hardware Now Joined at the Hip

#OSE Open Source Everything, Hardware, Innovation, Software
Richard Stallman
Richard Stallman

FSF and Debian join forces to help free software users find the hardware they need

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Monday, September 8, 2014 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Debian Project today announced cooperation to expand and enhance h-node, a database to help users learn and share information about computers that work with free software operating systems.

While other databases list hardware that is technically compatible with GNU/Linux, h-node lists hardware as compatible only if it does not require any proprietary software or firmware. Information about hardware that flunks this test is also included, so users know what to avoid. The database lists individual components, like WiFi and video cards, as well as complete notebook systems.

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Sepp Hasslberger: IndieBox Open Source Hardware Lets You Take Your Data Back from Google and Do CISCO-Like Rule-Making Without CISCO

Hardware, P2P / Panarchy, Software
Sepp Hasslberger
Sepp Hasslberger

We are finally seeing the de-centralized internet coming together.  Lots of people are working on this, both on software and hardware (like this computer/personal server) to make it a reality.

Out in the Open: The Tiny Box That Lets You Take Your Data Back From Google | Enterprise | WIRED

From www.wired.com May 14, 9:54 AM

For open source developer Johannes Ernst, what the world really needs is a simple device that anyone can use to take their data back from the wilds of the internet.

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So he designed the Indie Box, a personal web server preloaded with open source software that lets you run your own web services from your home network–and run them with relative ease.

You can’t buy an Indie Box yet, but you can pre-order one through the crowdfunding site Indie GoGo.

The first Indie Box will run off an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and two 1TB hard drives that mirror each other to help protect your data.

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Jean Lievens: Arduinos, 3D printing, and more at Red Hat open hardware day

Hardware
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

Arduinos, 3D printing, and more at Red Hat open hardware day

The Opensource.com team gathered in one of the large conference rooms at Red Hat tower in Raleigh on March 21 to make an open hardware day of it.

We ordered some delicious burritos and discussed how the next few hours would unfold. We decided we’d load up Arduino software on my laptop, switch on the ginormous monitor in the front of the room, and see if we could make some blinky lights happen—maybe even make an LED display come to life with something like: “Opensource.com for the win.” After we ate as much queso dip as possible, we opened up our newly purchased Starter Kit for Redboard and got to work.

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Jean Lievens: Open Source Electronics, 3D Printing, & Robotics Creating a Revolution in Manufacturing

Hardware, Software
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

From www.huffingtonpost.com February 8, 11:16 PM

Three innovations — 3D printing, robotics, and open source electronics — are breaking that mold of manufacturing. They’re ushering in a new era based on customization, on demand manufacturing, and regional, even local manufacturing.

3D Printing Has Started A Revolution

Paul R. Brody

Huffington Post, 30 January 2014

The revolution brewing in electronics is unprecedented — even for an industry that is used to being upended. The rules that defined a century of innovation, design, and production are about to be rewritten. And modern manufacturing will be swept away.

Few companies grasp the coming upheaval. Perhaps because 3D printing, an innovation that can come across as a curiosity, is propelling this disruption. Yet, these printers, which churn out objects by laying thin layer after thin layer of metal, plastics or other materials on top of each other, won’t tip the scale alone.

It’s their collision with two other disruptive technologies — intelligent robotics and open source electronics — that will bring an end to the era of big and complex global supply chains. Together, they’re going to usher in the digitalization of manufacturing, by creating flexible, fast, local supply chains underpinned by software.

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MicroGen: Open Source Vehicles

Design, Hardware
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Open source vehicles get a green light with Tabby

Open hardware is gaining speed. The appetite for open source vehicles is growing. And while we may not have flying cars yet, we do have Tabby—an open source car design released by Open Source Vehicle this October.

Want to swap out an internal combustible engine for an eco-friendly electric? Tabby can do that. And, this open source vehicle is not just for makers—it’s production ready. Tabby will be rolling off the assembly line in early 2014. Will you see Tabby cruising your streets?

In this interview, we found out more about Tabby and got some insight into the open hardware movement from the team at Open Source Vehicle.

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Jean Lievens: Motorola Project Ara, Building Smart Phones From Modular Open Source Hardware

Hardware
Jean Lievens
Jean Lievens

Motorola Wants Everyone To Build Smartphones Like Lego Kits

Introducing Project Ara, an experiment from Motorola aimed to creating smartphones made out of modular open source hardware.

ReadWrite.com,

Google has teased us before. Rumors swirled for months that Motorola would introduce a customizable smartphone that would let consumers decide what kind of hardware—a bigger battery, choice of processor, a better camera—they wanted. The notion of a consumer-grade open hardware platform quickened the heartbeats of geeks across the globe.

What we got instead was the Moto X, a smartphone that can be “customized” by picking your colors, getting an engraving on the back and adding a personalized message to the startup screen. This was not the revolution in smartphone hardware we wanted.

Still, Motorola’s engineers were paying attention. Today the company announced Project Ara, an open hardware platform where users can pick and choose what type of components they want to build their smartphones.

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The Module Connects To The Endoskeleton

Motorola has been thinking about Project Ara for a year. It started the campaign with a project called “Sticky,” a truck wrapped in Velcro and loaded with rooted and hackable Motorola smartphone components and 3D printing equipment. The truck would hold “MakeAThon” events with engineers who would take the raw components and build their own smartphones.

Project Ara aims to take that concept to its logical conclusion. According to Motorola, Project Ara is a “free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.”

The devices are built out of what Motorola calls endoskeletons and modules. The “endo” is the frame of the device, while the modules are the hardware, which could be just about anything that a hardware developer could dream up. Want a smartphone that specializes in barometric readings and air humidity? If someone designs and builds a module focused on sensor capabilities, you could add it to an endoskeleton—although with other modules like a CPU, storage, a camera, a radio and so forth.

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