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Open Source Question

I have something I would like to release open source to assure it will not be patented. How do i go about doing this? Thanks, C.A.

Topic by gtfoxy    |  last reply

Open-Source Warfare

Open-Source Warfare is an IEEE Spectrum article discussing how information technology and the internet play a pivotal role in accelerating the adaptation of individuals against organizations through asymmetric warfare.Robb calls this new type of conflict "open-source warfare," because the manner in which insurgent groups are organizing themselves, sharing information, and adapting their strategies bears a strong resemblance to the open-source movement in software development. Insurgent groups, like open-source software hackers, tend to form loose and nonhierarchical networks to pursue a common vision, Robb says. United by that vision, they exchange information and work collaboratively on tasks of mutual interest. The reliance on IT also enables open-source groups to identify and respond to problems much more rapidly than a more structured, top-down entity can--be it the Pentagon or a large software company such as Microsoft. According to some estimates, it now takes Iraqi insurgents less than a month to adapt their methods of attack, much faster than coalition troops can respond. "For every move we make, the enemy makes three," U.S. Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez Jr. told attendees at a May conference on IEDs. "The enemy changes techniques, tactics, and procedures every two to three weeks. Our biggest task is staying current and relevant."

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

Open Source Ecology

Member Mikolynn suggested a new link to a site that will be of interest for most of our community: Open Source Ecology

Topic by blkhawk    |  last reply

Open Source Robot

Hi all, im working on an open souce robot design and thought you might like to follow along, Once its finished ill post plans and instructions to the site, but if you want a head start had over toXBR-ONLINE to check it out.The idea is to build a low cost chassis with out a brain or other expensive upgrades , so users can add "read hack" their own systems to the body. This is intended to be a multi purpose body shell with construction options ranging from wood and foam to plastic and aluminium.

Topic by sprocket2cog  

Hydrogen car to be Open Source

The manufacturer of a hydrogen car unveiled in London on Tuesday will make its designs available online so the cars can be built and improved locally.The Riversimple car can go 80km/hr (50mph) and travels 322km (200mi) per re-fuelling, with an efficiency equivalent to 300 miles to the gallon....The company will distribute the engineering designs to the 40 Fires foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that will make the designs "open source".The idea, they say, is to allow local manufacturing in small plants. This stands in contrast to the "economies of scale" that drive current plants to huge sizes and workforces.In addition, designs can be adjusted for local markets, using locally sourced parts or materials.The agreement will be such that if the designs are improved by a local manufacturer, those improvements will be sent back, so that what the company refers to as its "network of manufacturers" can contribute to the overall development of the product line.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Open Source DIY Smartphone

Is it possible to design an open source smartphone, which everyone can build himself? Please tell what you think about it and what ideas you have.

Topic by DELETED_Bachlman    |  last reply

Open Source Design Software?

Hello Instructables forum, I'm wondering if anyone knows of some nice open source design software? I'm in the process of creating my next instructable (a dining table) and would like to design some legs on the computer before making them. Cheers, Chris

Topic by chrismo    |  last reply

Open-source how-to framework

I remember reading about an open-source how-to framework that was being created by people with previous(?) ties to Instructables. Does anybody know what it's called? Basically it was a global, unified structure for how-to's should be written. 

Topic by hughmorris    |  last reply

Open Source Lase Cutter

I have a project running for a open source laser cutter progress has been quite slow but it seems I can bump it up. The idea is to develop a laser cutter you can actually trust for large format cutting. Check out the project blog:

Topic by dannylom  

Open Source Farm Robotics

Not sure where to post this, but it's something that will be of interest to others and use one often comes here for ideas and to get help for this guys project as it has massive potential as its Open Source Tech. if anyone has any ideas or wants to see about forking some stuff back and forth suspect that the Designer will be happy to chat. One was thinking that he hydroponic groups, lighting groups, ardeno enthusiasts, raspberry geeks, hardware hackers etc. However, its getting word out and getting the right people to hear about it... It has potential one feels to help change how we approach Open Source.

Topic by mattadlard    |  last reply

Open-Source Laptop Control

Asus, a sponsor of Instructables, has put together WePC where they are asking for input on their next generation laptops. As part of their sponsorship, they've asked my opinion on various aspects of laptops. Most recently Open-source control of your laptop.The question this week is whether it is better to have simple control mode, advanced mode, or both options. This strikes me as one of those questions where the answer is so obvious that it's actually hard to answer because you're sure the question can't be that simple. Of course you want both! Default to simple, but allow one to switch to advanced to get under the hood to make changes.However, there is a deeper issue here, which is that laptop manufacturers should give greater control over their hardware to their users. They should open up their interfaces and let users write and install Firefox-plugin-like extensions to the laptop.My rant continues here.Finally, I'd like to know what you have thought about this Asus campaign. If you would be kind enough to take this survey, I would really appreciate it. Comments here are also good. Thanks!

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

Open Source Banquet hall

I want help in designing and architect map of Banquet hall.I have provided sketch that I have made but I think that sketch is ordinary so need support from enthusiasm people who want to work on open source project. I am inviting everyone from computer to electronics to architect that is every one is invited to join the project.All the dimension are in foot in the image.Main requirements for Banquet hall are as follows:1:Hall for main ceremony,capacity for at least 300 people and it will also have stage.2:Rest room for at least 200 people separate for men and women.3:Two extra rooms for bride and groom side or for main peoples.4:Kitchen for food production.5:Parking for at least 150 vehicles.6:Separate toilets for men and women.7:Pace for people to eat.8:Building can have 2-3 floors.9:All of the above will be interconnected (IOT) for example: smart water taps,smart parking,led light show,decorative walls,led light screen passage, whole building will be wrapped in LED for great light show,inside lights will be sync with songs floor will or ceiling will be wrapped with gaint led screen for different patterns and motions, flammable fireworks outside and non-flammable fireworks inside during ceremony, led dance floor.10:All of led projects will be diy,taps will be diy,parking will be diy and everthing will be diy.I think this will be largest open source DIY project.Everyone feel free to contact me at: ping me on whatsapp: +91 9616481277 Also need people who can render our ideas from paper to VR and 3D design in any software.

Topic by Raj GauravM    |  last reply

Flippin Open Source Rant

I'm hate open source today!! It started out so easy, too. Download a free script based avi editor called Avisynth? Ok. Try to save the output of your newly edited avi file? Who the bleep knows how? Well, try to install a plugin instead. Download and stick in the plugins folder. Doesn't work. Scrounge around forums looking for a quick answer. Nothing. I read in the readme file somewhere that I need to download a C++ API to get a certain plugin working. OK, go to the website for the API. There's a cryptic list of file names with no descriptions. I pick one at random and download that. Wrong one. I pick a different one. Seems to be the right one. Good. Oh wait, the readme for the plugin says I need to download GCC and run the file to compile the stupid plugin. WHY THE FLIPPIN CRAP DIDN"T YOU FETCHIN POST THE STUPID BINARY!?!?! Get frustrated. Rant here. I really feel like cussing. Stupid GPL. A gazillion versions of open software posted all the time, all on the same page with mountains of text to read through just to try and find which version you need for your OS. Stupid Programmers. Don't know the purpose of a good user interface if it hit them in their blocky heads. AND THEN YOU HAVE TO DOWNLOAD A FRIGGIN COMPILER TO COMPILE THE CRAP YOU JUST DOWNLOADED--THEN FIGURE OUT HOW THE COMPILER WORKS--THEN FIND OUT THE LATEST VERSION OF THE COMPILER HAS A BUG THAT PREVENTS THE stupid thing from compiling. Does every open source programmer assume everyone that uses their stuff is a software engineer? I GUESS SO! AHHHHHHHHH! Linux will never beat windows. Stupid OS. I'm going to buy a freakin MAC with OS X. Then I can run my darn batch files from a terminal AND have a frickin stable GUI. Oh wait, I'd have to sell some blood plasma to afford a frickin' Mac. Great. Can't even run a useful batch file under Windows. Back to the GPL crap and Linux. *sigh* I should have bought Quicktime Pro months ago . . . or killed a rich uncle and inherited his fortune so I could buy programs that work and pay someone to maintain them on my system.

Topic by royalestel    |  last reply

IP protection for open source hardware?

If my solar condenser ends up working I'm wanting to make it open source. I realise that this means effectively giving up all ownership of it, and that's fine, but the last thing I want is for someone else to go and patent it and stop anyone else from using it. What protections are available for this kind of thing? Patents obviously, but is there anything a little less intensive? I'll be looking into copyleft and creative commons and all that, but if someone can point in the right general direction first it'll save me some time.

Topic by SolarFlower_org    |  last reply

"Open source" marketing research, anyone?

                                  Calling any and all market research buffs!   "I need help finding my target market, but I can't afford to pay the giants in the business who have many many years of experience and probably have an agenda."   I'm sure that has been said, and heard, many times, and now its my turn. I had a thought recently about how I could find a market for a product I'm working on. Since I intend to release it openly, I want most of the side stuff the project spits out along the way to be open as well.   My idea centers around a collaborative and "smart" marketing research system. Of course there would be problems inherent to the system (trolls and SPAM, for instance) that could be remedied in a similar fashion to Wikipedia or Kickstarter. Now that I've put this idea out there, who wants to make it happen?

Topic by The Ideanator    |  last reply

Where is the open source code for

Last year, a URL shortener similar to and announced that it was going open source and giving its code to the world. Does anyone know where to actually get it?

Question by Marsh    |  last reply

FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated  Free feel to contact me Cheers Tom

Topic by TomP117    |  last reply

The Metalbot Project: an open source initiative...

Hi everyone! I would like to introduce the Metalbot Project, the first ever effort to design and make an open source 3D Metal Printer... I am sure many of you have heard of 3D Printers, perhaps even used them. The issue with 3D Printing has always been strength of materials. We are hoping to over come this issue with the Metalbot. We are in need of people with a wide range of skills in machining, DIY'ing, electronics, programming, physics, software etc... If you have any questions about the project, I will be more than glad to answer them! Best regards, Jethro.

Topic by Metalbot    |  last reply

Open Source Hardware Design Project?

I have designed and built 10 of these Urban Utility Transport scooters. So let's call them UUT's Here is my website which was designed a few years ago. Needs updates. I have tried, with my limited financial resources, to market them but my problem is the high production costs and lack of finances. So I have been thinking about giving the idea away for free as an open source hardware design.  I am planning to start a community of people developing the idea and maintaining the design.  My strengts are design and problem solving. I have improved the original prototypes so now the current design has got not many bugs or flaws.  As I got the idea for my UUT from a design in Finland and they no patent either, the idea can not be patented.  And since I have not benn able to commercialize my idea, I am keen to give it away as an open source design. How to go about it?

Question by pellepeloton    |  last reply

Open-Source Kinect coming on market.

Remember Adafruit's bounty for cracking the Kinect? They might have been a bit hasty paying out for the hacks, since the Israeli developers of the technology within the Kinect have decided to sell similar devices themselves, called PrimeSensor, and release their code on an open license. One of the first licensees has been computer maker Asus which has paired the PrimeSensor with two devices that stream data from a PC to a TV via wireless. This lets owners get at the media on that PC using gestures rather than a mouse. Lithium Rain will be delighted... PrimeSense website Asus. BBC story.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

FEEDBACK WANTED - Open Source Yacht

G’day Everyone My name is Tom and I am an Industrial Design Student from New Zealand. I am currently working on my Honors project and I need your input! My main research Question is “What is the potential for applying new technologies to traditional yacht construction?” Basically I aim to develop an Open Source Design for a small sail boat that is both affordable and achievable. As a student I love making rather than buying and I really want the maker community and culture to shine through this project. If you have the time I would love to hear from you! What does the maker community mean to you? Where do you make/construct/build? What are your views on sharing design and open source? What access to digital fabrication do you have? (Lasercutting 3D printing etc) What do you look for when choosing what to make next? Have you attempted to build a boat before? How did it go? Would you ever consider making your own boat? What would hold you back? Any feedback or stories in relation to this would be greatly appreciated Free feel to contact me Cheers Tom

Topic by TomP117  

Grand Opening!

Hello all!, is now up and operational. Please come check us out and let us know what you guys think of it! Thanks.

Topic by boxaproject    |  last reply

Cloud University: Open Source Education

I've been spending lots of time surfing the web recently trying to learn new things and to apply that knowledge to the various projects I have going at any given time. Lately I've been spending quite a bit of time scanning through various Linux forums and at I was thinking about how the Internet has changed into something really amazing. It has become a medium of great synergy, where people can work together to accomplish things much greater than they could alone, or even in organizations of various sizes that have existed throughout human history. I am truly impressed by the synergy that has developed on the web, and wanted to develop some way of directing those energies towards a positive end. I was trying to think of something useful when I realized I shouldn't be working alone to develop this, it should be brainstormed by the Internet community. I realized that it would be hard to agree upon a direction to take, since everyone has their own concepts of what issues are most pressing, and since there is such strong disagreement about what can be done to solve those problems. I thought there would need to be a lot of dialogue, a sharing of information, and much deliberation before a plan could be reached. Then I realized that that should be the plan: education. If people could come together at a website laid out similarly to a social networking site and share information the oblique benefits would be enormous. I realize there are already sites like this. Wikipedia is fantastic. But there is only so much knowledge you can gain from reading information on a page. I was thinking this online learning institution could use tools employed by higher education already. It could have rooms where people could meet and have live chats, video, and shared presentations. Instructors could develop class pages in a simple GUI layout similar to Myspace with course information, forums, and feedback. We could even have tiered learning where an instructor requires verification that a student has sufficent skill in prerequisite classes before moving on. This could be a place where experts in various fields could come together to discuss their fields and continue to progress as well as place where curious minds could find help. Students in traditional universities could use it as a study guide to help in their course work. Of course, this would require that people with knowledge in their field donate their energies, but I don't think this is asking too much. If many people just donate a little bit of time it would have a huge impact. By working together the cost for any one person would be small, while the benefit to every single person would be enormous. I intend to pursue this vision, but I cannot do it alone. The obvious first step will be to start developing a website with a forum. I'll start working on this. If anyone has any suggestions or wants to help, please let me know.

Topic by Sam the Wizer    |  last reply

Ember's Mechanical Designs are now Open-Source

We released the mechanical design files for the Autodesk Ember 3D printer in Fusion 360. Here's what I wrote about it on Ember's blog: The full design of Ember in Fusion 360 is now available for you to freely view, download, inspect and modify.  I've been having a blast with the explode model function! We're sharing these designs under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, the same license Arduino uses to share their design files. Just like the formulation for our resin, we're explicitly inviting you to understand, remix, and remake Ember.   Ember's Mechanical Designs are now Open-Source

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

Open Source Air Guitar Hero on Xbox Kinect

Now that the Kinect has been Kracked, people are starting to experiment. How's this for a prototype? Chris O'Shea has hacked together a virtual version of a Guitar Hero style game - stand in front, wave your arms, and play chords. Nice. Air Guitar prototype with Kinect from Chris O'Shea on Vimeo.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

designing an easy to build open source 3D printer

Hi, I'm trying to design an open source 3D printer that should be easy to build, doesn't require any 3D printed parts (all custom parts should be made out of plates) and the other parts should be standard parts (CNC) you can easily buy on ebay. I'm as well playing with the idea that you could make the custom parts out of cardboard (since they are so simple) and then print parts that are similar to reprap's, so one design would be made with 3D printed parts. It's supposed to be a low cost (300-500$) printer. I wanted to build a cheap open source 3D printer but didn't find anything I liked so I decided to design a simple printer I would like. If I'm already designing it I can as well make it open source for others. I tried to put together some concepts in SketchUp, this is how it looks so far, what do you think, tips, suggestions? the collection of the designs: the gallery with bigger pictures: or;=14686367

Topic by 3dnio  

Mozilla wants its users to help re design Firefox

The article pretty much explains it. "The Mozilla Labs, which acts as the idea wing for the organization behind Firefox, is expanding its call for open-source contributions to those outside its base of community-minded coders and techies. Now, they want to get designers and creative types in on the deal."

Topic by Ferrite    |  last reply

Lego CAD software

I just thought that the Lego-ers (?) would like to know about Ldraw, open source CAD software specifically for designing Lego models. Have a look at this BBC News story to see a chap who built a model of St Pancras' railway station to a scale suitable for minifigs. Of course, you may not wish to go "open" with your software (I doubt that Ldraw has been as thoroughly debugged as Firefox, for instance), so you may with to use the official Lego CAD software. 

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Open source tracking solar concentrator is go.

Meant to update on this here a while back. For nearly two years now I've been developing the prototype for a solar energy device makeable from scrap and recycled materials, using very basic tools and skills. It's now working, details available here: Facebook group here. This has been possible largely due to the awesome help and support I received through this site. Currently I'm back in New Zealand, preparing the first free workshop on the device's construction and use, taking place the three weekends after Easter at the Tui community, Golden Bay. Then back to Europe for the summer and tour this thing around. Animated tutorials will be available at as soon as I find a spare second to do them and finish the website. My God I'm busy.

Topic by SolarFlower_org    |  last reply

Chrome open source browser available now!

At the moment, the only thing available for people anticipating Google's new open source browser, chrome, is screenshots and a comic book explaining why it was made. LinkyBut it is supposed to be available for download later today. Rumor is it will become available at 2 PM ET today. No word yet on whether it will steal your identity like Microsoft's IE.Hooray for opensource browsers! If it does become available today as planned, I'll link to the download page.Corrected link: Download linkSorry it took so long, I was scrubbing a toilet and simply lost track of the time...EDIT:Go here for adblocker, gmail, etc, GM scripts to run in chrome.

Topic by Lithium Rain    |  last reply

The Growlie Project - Open Source Beer Goodness

Greatings Instructables community.   I am new to the MAKE/Instructuables space, but a long time tinkerer and I thought I would share a cool new project that myself and another long time MAKE person have started. It is called the Growlie Project and it was launched yesterday on  If you have a moment, please stop and check it out.  We would love to have your thoughts and input on how we can make this great open-source project as good as it can be! Cheers from the Growlie Team!

Topic by jlmeredith  

MakerBeam Crowdfunded Open Source Building Kit

MakerBeam is a project to build a toy and tool for the open source imagination. Based on Mini-T, a new open source standard, MakerBeam will develop a construction toy for our times: open source precision hardware equally at home doing desktop fabrication or serving as a drawbridged castle for action figures.The fully developed MakerBeam line of connectors will make for an unsurpassed builder's toy and maker kit. Connectors, pivots, hinges, pulleys, cables, wheels, slot-in PCBs, and ALL of it open source, with the models published under Creative Commons licenses. Mini-T is a scaled-down version of T-slot, a building system widely used in automation, prototyping, and machining. This miniature building system will bring the strength and precision of T-slot to a modeling system, allowing serious robotics, CNC machines, and more to be built at a desktop scale. MakerBeam is being built now; we are raising funds and building our Alpha and Beta teams through Kickstarter, an innovative site for crowdfunding. We are nearly 80% of the way to our funding goal, and every extra dollar we raise will go to improving the project for public release, aiming for Maker Faire 2010.For more details including 3-d video of MakerBeam in action check out our Kickstarter page. Alpha kits, which are going fast, ship by Christmas, while Beta kits are projected for February. For even more info, and to contact, stop by the main site.

Topic by atman    |  last reply

Where would you host a collaborative, open-source electronics project

I have an idea for an open-source electronics project, that would involve some fairly simple hardware and some initially not-too-complicated software. I think it's an idea that could have a significant impact on a lot of people's lives, if it works, and it's a project that would work a lot better if I could attract some collaborative help. Now if this were a software-only project, I'd look at creating a public repository on github, but since there's a hardware aspect, I'm not so sure that'd work. Does anyone know of a free project hosting site that's oriented towards electronics hardware, that includes blogging and forum functionality?

Topic by jdege    |  last reply

Help in my Final Project

Hi, My name is Ziv. I'm doing my final project in "Product Design". The project is about taking open-source projects which are considering popular (by # of downloads, 'shares', 'Likes' etc...) and re-design them to be easier to build/use. In other words: I'm looking for cool projects/ objects that you would've been happy to build and own if they were easier to build or better-looking..  I'm hoping to find 3-5 objects and use 3D prototyping, laser-cutting and ready-made parts to build the new objects. of-course the new design will be open-source and free to use. I really believe that by collaborating with others, I could get to a much better results! Thanks, Ziv

Topic by ziv tu    |  last reply

Would it be spam if...? Answered

Ok, I'm writing an ible on something I intend to sell at some point and I'm certain that that would be considered spamming, but there is a lot more to it. It's on the adventure through the whole process of taking your idea from your head and onto a production line and having it be 'open' and then attempt to sell it at the end of the ible and/or pepper hints throughout it. I'm pretty sure the way I'm doing the ible isn't spammy at all, but I just want to make sure.

Question by The Ideanator    |  last reply

Instructables Restaurant at PICNIC 2010

I was honored to be asked to open an Instructables Restaurant in Amsterdam as part of the 2010 PICNIC festival.  Faithfully following recipes submitted to our Pizza contest, chefs from Eetcafe De Zwijger served three different types of pizza in an intimate setting within the festival, next to the mobile Fablab.  Each day, the crew served around 50 pizzas split equally between Homemade Pizza Margherita, Rose Garden Pizza, and Flammkuchen - the other type of pizza. The Instructables Restaurant is a combination concept art piece and experimental business model.  What would an open-source restaurant look like?  Can an open-source menu allow patrons to form a deeper relationship with the chef and the food?  Would people show up just to learn how to do it themselves?  With funding from the Waag Society, the creators of the restaurant, Arne Hendricks and Bas van Abel, are trying to answer these questions.  With my permission, they chose to leverage the Instructables brand in their initial "pop-up" restaurants, which have included a Cheesecake cart, DIY BBQ, and a soup night in addition to the Pizza restaurant -- all described on their Instructables Restaurant Blog. The space created for the restaurant at Picnic was great, and probably better than any live event I've ever organized for Instructables.  Two things that worked really well deserve to be specifically pointed out:  handing out comment sheets with each slice of pizza, and tear-away handouts with the recipes and instructions for furniture and decorations.  In one of the images below, you can see a collection of comments about the pizza submitted by tasters.  The handouts had links to the website and short forms of the step-by-step instructions emphasizing that anyone could make the pizza, furniture, or lighting themselves.  (The pads of handouts were especially appealing to me, because literally the next day at NYC Maker Faire, the wind was threatening to blow our business-card-format project cards all over.)  Scanned versions of the handouts are included in the slideshow below: See this slideshow here:  Instructables Restaurant Handouts Arne calls the Instructables Restaurant a "question."  If the answer to his question is yes there is something to an open-source restaurant, he has a spot in mind for a fixed-location version.  I can't wait to eat there. A brief aside: I'm a few inches above average height in the US, but in Holland, I'm short! The Dutch are enormous, as you can see in the group image with the five of us at the restaurant. Looking up to meet people's eyes was an interesting and fun change. More images of the Instructables Restaurant here on Flickr.

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

Multi-Source power?

Hello all, i'm thinking on a very easy way to support more than 1 power source for my electronic circuits.Below you can see the schematic. It's very basic. Each source have a rectifier diode to disallow inverse currents for each one.When both sources have the same output, both diodes will work and the output is Vin - 0.7When one of them is bigger than the other (the case on the schematic), diode on smaller source will open circuit, and the bigger is the one to be used. The output will be 7-0.7 = 6.3V.The problem i found is when there is little difference, this is less than 0.7V.This way both diodes will work but there is a difference on voltage between the two sources.Do you think that having a small resistance like 10Ohm and high dissipation in one line will solve this?Do you think this design is valid?thanks for the help in advance.

Topic by Tigrezno  

Adafruit's Open Kinect Project

Adafruit has posted a $2,000 bounty for open-source drivers and/or an application for the Kinect X-Box 360 controller. The first person or team to post their succesful open-source documentation to Github can claim the glory and loot. For full details, check out this link:

Topic by randofo    |  last reply

Free Software Sources

. I'll kick this off with my all time favorite, SourceForge. "The world's largest Open Source software development web site.". No matter what you want to do, you can probably find a free program that will do it at SourceForge.. Quality of the programs varies widely, but if you pay attention to last revision dates (be wary if it hasn't been updated in a few years or hasn't been updated since it was posted) and the number of downloads (more is usually better), you can skip over the lesser stuff.. Not sure how they handle malware prevention, but I've never been infected by any of the plethora of stuff I've downloaded.. . 2008-04-26. Here's the sources others have contributed, in a handy list with links. MS Visual BASIC (Brennn10) Softpedia (LinuxH4x0r, ll.13) MajorGeeks (Goodhart) (CNET/ZDNET) (Goodhart, ll.13) The Pirate Bay (ll.13)

Topic by NachoMahma    |  last reply

Open Source Hardware Requirements NEEDED UPDATE for Compilers

Hi Open Source Hardware is getting talked about in the news a lot. Have you thought about recreating a open source hardware design for the learning process or improve on it? If you have have you gotten frustrated because your design has to be different and very from the previous design because you had to work your way around limited documentation? Can you realy make a improvement if more than one change is made fallowing the scientific method. For example lets look at a recipe: You are going to make a cookie. You will need these ingredients. What are their manufactures , manufacturer part numbers and suppliers? These should have sources on the internet because you are expecting some one to build off of this. You use measurement devices to put the ingredients together in steps. You mention the settings you set the oven and cutters at and how long. 3d printers and electronics I have seen not have the parts list look at the open source electronics designs by DIY Drones or prusa i3 or prusa air 2 printer it does not have a parts list that is orderable for the metal rods.

Topic by josheeg    |  last reply

Taking an Open-Source Approach to Hardware - Instructables in the WSJ

The Instructables Arduino contest gets a mention in the Wall Street Journal's Taking an Open-Source Approach to Hardware. Open-source hardware applies the same idea to physical things. There are a number of recent open-source hardware initiatives, including the Chumby, a clock-radio sized device that runs software "widgets" to display the weather or stream music, and Bug, a system of snap-together modules that can be used to make a variety of computing devices. So far, the Arduino has been the most successful. In the space of an hour, a layman can make it blink an LED, run a motor or send a temperature reading to a computer monitor. With a little practice, people have been able to do much more. Using Arduino hardware, tinkerers have recently created everything from a word clock to a radio-controlled lawnmower for a contest hosted by the Web site More news and press about Instructables here.

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Master thesis Open Source Hardware-Arduino products

Hi everyone, I am an Italian student graduating at Bocconi University, writing a final thesis about Open Source Hardware opportunities for users’ innovation - with a special focus on Arduino-based projects. Consequently, I am collecting the experiences of users who developed AND commercialized their projects based on Open Source Hardware (Arduino and/or similar).Therefore, if you want to learn more about my research, and you wish to collaborate with me for a short interview by email or by phone/Skype, please do not hesitate to contact me at remo.a [at] Of course, at the end of my research - if you will find it interesting - I will be more than welcome to send the outcome to you, given that some results may help you to develop your business. I really hope to find some of you available to collaborate in my academic research. Thanks, Remo

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UK members : Open Source Hardware Camp 2012

Http:// In the north of England a day of talks, and a day of workshops relateed to Android ADK, Raspberry Pi (got mine, doesn't work yet...), Arduino, 3d printing etc etc. 10 quid a ticket.

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what's a good open source networking engine (in C++ )? Answered

I'm trying to make a 3d game in c++ with irrlicht, I want to make the game multiplayer so am going to need a networking engine( or however that is called). It has to be in C++ ,preferably open source or free as my budget for this game is (for now) quite low. It would also be very useful if there are some tutorials on how to get it working with irrlicht. Can you tell me which networking engine I could use best? Thanks.

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Instructazine? Good/Bad idea? (Open sourced by the way :) )

What is Instructazine you all say? Well it’s pretty much this…A magazine by the makers for the makersThere should be a little section in this website that contains 3 subsections...> A instructazine development wiki> 'The current issue of Instructazine> And an archive of past InstructazinesThe Making Of Instructazine:Radical eh?Well the open sourced bit of this idea is that anybody within this community (that’s you and me!) can contribute towards the next issue of the Instructazine. This is much like wikipedia, but working towards the next magazine.Once everyone has contributed within the deadlines, others would start compile these pages together and released it in multiple formats. (Html, Pdf, Jpg, A physical hard copy magazine)The Link System:The link to the current issue is provided by Instructables free of charge. However if you want to support Instructables, it would be very nice if you could order a physical copy of the Instructazine, in which you are paying for the print and an optional donation to Instructables depending on how much you think you should donate. (Although I personally wouldn’t mind if there is a minimum of a dollar donation)Sound pretty cool isn’t it?Too bad it doesn’t exist yet!>Now lets see if anybody here think it’s a good idea?>Also if such initiative would go ahead by the owner of this site, will you gladly do you bit to help out?-Signed Akimbomidget

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DIY/Open-Source multicamera sensor module build??

I'm trying to figure out how to DIY a multisensor camera similar to "". Using multiple camera modules to take a picture then stitch them together to create a higher quality photo. I can't seem to find anything close enough except for multiplexing raspberry pi camera modules and I want to stitch the images together. I don't want to be limited to using just raspberry pi in case it's not powerful or fast enough to stitch multiple images into one.

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Would you like your own satellite? (Contest with $1500 prize)

Oh the joy of Twitter!  I just found out about this very cool contest from Discover Magazine via BoingBoing: Imagine having your own personal satellite orbiting the Earth. It’s got cameras and sensors galore, and you can use it to run experiments, take pictures, and even beam messages back to the blue marble. Well, that geek fantasy will become a reality if the ArduSat project, which you can see here on Kickstarter, reaches its funding goal. The general public will be able to rent time on this small satellite and use it for whatever they please, courtesy of its Arduino processor. [The folks] at Discover Magazine think this is pretty neat. And [they'd] like to give away a development kit worth $1500 to the Kickstarter donor who submits the best idea for an in-space experiment before July 15th, 2012. The kit includes Arduinos and an advanced sensor suite shipped to your home address, as well as one week of up-time on the satellite to run any experiment. You’ll be able to build the experiment yourself and have it be sent up on ArduSat when it takes to the skies. Here’s what you have to do to enter the (drumroll) Discover Space Challenge: (1) Fund the ArduSat project, for however much or little as you desire. You’ll receive a personal code that identifies you as a donor. (2) Read the contest guidelines here to learn about how you should design and submit your idea. (3) Enter with this entry form, making sure to include your personal code. (4) Wait for winners to be announced on July 20th, after judging by Discover blogger Phil Plait, Discover Editor-in-Chief Corey Powell, and an expert panel of judges. (5) Rejoice!  

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OggVOSH: The (soon-to-be) Open-Source Ogg Vorbis Player

I've been eying the VS1000, a little bitty chip that is basically an all-in-one Ogg Vorbis player, just add a crystal & memory. Its so beutiful, so tiny yet so complex... it even has a great default firmware. I've finnally got around to making this. I'm sending the PCB off to be made, and getting parts to prototype. Stats? Size: 2.19"x1.48", roughly twice the size of a new shuffle, or half the size of a new nano. I haven't figured out depth, but it uses li-on batteries, so it will not have a lump on the back, it should be comparably thin.Capacity: uses microSD cardsConnections: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, microSD card, and miniUSB. Via miniUSB, you can charge the battery, as well as read/write to the SD card.Audio Support: Only Ogg Vorbis, but then again, it is the best codec, you can convert everything to it ;-) Max bit rate: 500 (beat that Apple!)No screen :-(Cost:This is tricky. For me, if I didn't buy any spare parts, its going to cost me $100. If I had an SD card, it'd only be $80. If I semi-mass produce them (more than 20), I know I can cut at least $10 off that price.So, it pretty much beats the Daisy, our, the OS/DIY community's, current audio device all around. Except one thing... it isn't a beginners project, involving nearly all SMD components, the only exception being the headphone jack. And the main chip is a bit of a pain to solder -- 12 pins on each 1 cm side ;-)Still, I think this is promising... along with my micro-POV... in making things smaller, like the "real" devices :P

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