open source

White House Announces Hacking Event

The White House seems an unlikely place to encourage hacking, but the government just announced the National Day of Civic Hacking. This event is following the popular hackathon format where people come together in an open source type of way to solve problems, in this case, in American cities, communities, and states. Read the Full [...]

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Ford Motor Company Sees Open Source

Ford today announced the launch of its OpenXC vehicle application research platform. Open-source hardware and software toolkits are now available to anybody who’s interested in building hardware and on the OpenXC platform. It is a joint effort with BugLabs (what a great name!). The launch of OpenXC marks the second developer platform to be offered [...]

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Open Source Software Fuels Innovation in Hardware Product Design

Ever the vanguard and herald, O’Reilly Media and Make magazine have announced the Hardware Innovation Workshop. As open source software has ushered in much of the current web environment, open hardware is building on top of those methods and approaches. Hardware startups are announced with near-daily enthusiasm. According to the post at O’Reilly Radar, Dale [...]

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Maker Business — Obama and Young Makers

President Obama gave the order to fire marshmallows during the White House Science Fair. Joey Hudy’s extreme air cannon or marshmallow cannon caught major media attention. President Obama revealed he might not be a maker, but he knows how to break eggs in this ABC News post.  Plus, the White House highlighted new STEM initiatives [...]

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Share What You Make via Instructables

Instructables is a gathering of the DIY community; a place that would have delighted Alice in Wonderland. It is a place for user-created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects. Fun and educational, this is where you can get help with cooking, building, creating, modifying and more. Based, as it is on cooperation and collaboration, Instructables, to me, [...]

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New Open Source Laser Cutter Hits Market

Cofounder of the open source laser cutter Lasersaur is an artist and when she first mooted the idea of it, she was informed that she and co creator Stefan Hechenberger  were “absolutely crazy”. But this didn’t stop the pioneering duo from producing an affordable laser cutter that will cut ½ inch material with up to [...]

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Open Source Electronics DIY Kits with Adafruit

If you’re familiar with the Minty Boost Altoid tin (the unique open source hardware charger) you are already familiar with Limor Fried or “Lady Ada” of Adafruit. She is an inventor, visionary, maker and business owner at Adafuit, a hardware company that assembles and makes kit versions of electronic projects. She believes it is possible [...]

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