Tag Archive | Hardware

Phonebloks

This post is about a unique approach on phones.

A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it’s often just one part which killed it we throw everything away since it’s almost impossible to repair or upgrade.

The design

Phonebloks Open

The design of the phone is innovative : anyone can build a phone from exactly the blocks they want, and when there is problem with a block, the solution is to replace only the needed module.

The approach

For more information visit www.phonebloks.com .

DJ decks made of… paper

This is a video from TED about paper and technology.

“I love paper, and I love technology,” says physicist and former sheep herder Kate Stone, who’s spent the past decade working to unite the two. Her experiments combine regular paper with conductive inks and tiny circuit boards to offer a unique, magical experience. To date, applications include a newspaper embedded with audio and video, posters that display energy usage in real-time, and the extremely nifty paper drumkit and set of DJ decks she demonstrates on-stage.

Play with smart materials

This is an interesting video from TED about playing with smart materials using open source methodology.

Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: It’s time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we’ll figure out what they’re good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.

Making DIY Look Easy

Can we use make DIY electronics using open source hardware ?

The founder of Adafruit Industries offers insights into how she managed to build an empire from castaway altoid tins and other common household items.

More information in the next video from Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Forum 2012

Limor Fried, Founder of Adafruit Industries, discusses the power and potential of DIY electronics at the 2012 Innovation Forum.

3D Printed Robot InMoov Open Source

In this interesting video we can find out more about a robot built using a 3D printer.

Inmoov Robo

Inmoov Robot

You can follow the progress of this project and download the printable parts on:

 

Image Credit: http://inmoov.blogspot.com

Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

Here is a great video from TED about the open-source micro controller board named Arduino.

This is how wikipedia defines Arduino:

Arduino is a popular open-sourcesingle-board microcontroller, descendant of the open-source Wiring platform,[2][3] designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. The hardware consists of a simple open hardware design for the Arduino board with an Atmel AVR processor and on-board input/output support. The software consists of a standard programming language compiler and the boot loader that runs on the board.[4]

Arduino hardware is programmed using a Wiring-based language (syntax and libraries), similar to C++ with some slight simplifications and modifications, and a Processing-based integrated development environment.

Current versions can be purchased pre-assembled; hardware design information is available for those who would like to assemble an Arduino by hand. Additionally, variations of the Italian-made Arduino—with varying levels of compatibility—have been released by third parties; some of them are programmed using the Arduino software.

More information about the video from TED :

Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source micro controller that’s inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine — from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to make something great.”