Tag Archive | open source

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 .

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Architecture for the People by the People

How do we design buildings using architecture for people ?

Architect Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses?

The concept is at the heart of Wikihouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.

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

The Art of Creative Coding

Here is a video about some things that don’t intersect each other that often : art and programming .

Programming plays a huge role in the world that surrounds us, and though its uses are often purely functional, there is a growing community of artists who use the language of code as their medium. To simplify the coding process, several platforms and libraries have been assembled to allow coders to cut through the nitty-gritty of programming and focus on the creative aspects of the project. These platforms all share a strong open source philosophy that encourages growth and experimentation, creating a rich community of artists that share their strategies and work with unprecedented openness.

Build yourself

This is a video about a man how thought to open source industrial equipment.

In the farmlands of Missouri, an unlikely Polish physicist is developing affordable, easy to build industrial machines and sharing his designs on the Internet for free.

Further reading in GitHub

TED Blog

The open-source programming world has a lot to teach democracy, says Clay Shirky.

In this fascinating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, Shirky harkens back to the early days of the printing press. At the time, a group of “natural philosophers” (who would later adopt the term “scientists”) called the Invisible College realized that the press could offer a new way to share and debate their work. However, because printing books would be far too slow for this purpose, they came up with a new invention — the scientific journal.

So what does this mean for us today?

Shirky explains, “If I had to pick a group that I think is our Invisible College — our generation’s collection of people trying to take new tools and press them into the service of, not more arguments, but better arguments — I’d pick the open-source programmers.”

Shirky explains a fact that any programmer…

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BackTrack Review by Example

A BackTrack 5 R3 review from Linux Action Show.

We use BackTrack 5 R3 to hack a remote box, and get root access. We cover the high and low points of the security toolbox distribution.
Plus – The outreach from the Linux community helping one of our own receive life saving medical treatments.
Then it’s your feedback…
And so much more!

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.”