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Cameron Sinclair: A call for open-source architecture

Cameron Sinclair: A call for open-source architecture
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Puzzlebox Orbit: Brain-Controlled Helicopter by Puzzlebox For the past two years Puzzlebox has been producing brain-controlled helicopters for classrooms and television. Now comes the chance to fly your own. The Purpose Join the experiment. We are building and selling this crazy new toy. Then we show everyone how we made it. Our overall goal is to explore an Open approach to Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology. Then we start the next experiment. The Product Puzzlebox Orbit features a unique spherical design that protects helicopter blades from unintended impact with objects such as walls and ceilings, while lending a pleasantly technical aesthetic. We offer two models, the first designed to be used with mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Puzzlebox Pyramid is supplied with our second, self-contained model. With either edition the user can select a "flight path" for the helicopter (such as "hover in place" or "fly across the room") to be carried out whenever a targetted personal mental state is detected and maintained. The Process

Why public education must be preserved - The Answer Sheet Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011 Oct 04, 2011 08:00 AM EDT TheWashingtonPost This was written by Peggy Zugibe, a member of the Haverstraw-Stony Point (N.Y.) Board of Education. By Peggy Zugibe People often ask me why I’m a school board member. But I love being a school board member because I believe in public education. Our Founding Fathers believed in public education. In the 1800s, when our country took in more immigrants and it became more diverse, education reformers saw public education as a means of creating productive citizens, ending poverty and crime and unifying an increasingly diverse population. Polls show that the American people value public education. But the current political climate is downright hostile to public education. But overall, schools and school boards do vital work. As a nation, we need to remind ourselves of the value of public education. *Provide universal access to free education. *Guarantee equal opportunities for all children. *Unify a diverse population.

Orbit Mobile Edition | Puzzlebox The Puzzlebox Orbit is a brain-controlled helicopter. Operated with an EEG headset, users can fly the Orbit by focusing their concentration and clearing their mind. Colorful visuals and physical feedback help provide positive reinforcement while developing skills of attention and mental relaxation. What makes the Puzzlebox Orbit truly unique however is the open release of all source code, hardware schematics, 3D models, and the step-by-step hacking instructions which are published freely online. Puzzlebox seeks to aid the pursuit of science and education by inviting its users to modify their products and make them their own. Is your phone or tablet compatible? Discounts are available for verified schools and educational institutions.

Vers une politique de gouvernement ouvert au Québec - Consultation publique Web 2.0 - par IdeaScale Les technologies associées au Web 2.0 représentent une opportunité exceptionnelle pour le gouvernement d’améliorer les services aux citoyens et le fonctionnement interne de l’État. Trois grands avantages ressortent d’une telle utilisation des outils du Web 2.0, à savoir la transparence, la participation et la collaboration : 1. Transparence de l’activité gouvernementale en présentant de façon proactive les données publiques disponibles dans un format plus utile afin que les citoyens, les organisations du secteur privé et les organismes non gouvernementaux puissent les utiliser de façon novatrice et améliorée (dans le respect de la Loi d’accès à l’information et de la protection des renseignements personnels). 2. 3. Ces trois principes ont été réunis sous un même vocable : «gouvernement ouvert» (ou «open government»). Quel est votre point de vue sur : - l’opportunité d’instaurer une politique de gouvernement ouvert au Québec, - et les bénéfices pour le fonctionnement du gouvernement.

Openknit: a Reprap-inspired open source knitting machine The Openknit project is a Reprap-inspired, open source hardware knitting machine that can produce an adult-sized garment from yarn and a digital file in about an hour. The project includes plans for the machine, free/open software for designing clothes, and a promise to deliver STL files so you can print out the parts on your 3D printer. Knitting, crochet, and other textile arts are, of course, a longstanding form of 3D printing -- using machines to deposit, align and interlock a feedstock to form 3D objects. The Openknit garments are rather beautiful, as you can see from the Flickr set. Presently, production outsourcing has become the norm: mass fabrication of goods at low costs improves corporate profit margins but pushes precarious labour conditions due to a race to the bottom in competing developing markets. OpenKnit (Thanks, Gerard!)

Éducation : Québec prépare une révolution pour les commissions scolaires | Politique Le reportage de Martine Biron Exclusif - Le budget administratif des 69 commissions scolaires du Québec sera amputé de moitié d'ici trois ans, annonce la ministre de l'Éducation, Line Beauchamp dans une entrevue exclusive accordée à Radio-Canada. Québec compte s'attaquer à leur appareil bureaucratique, diminuer leur taille et les transformer en « coopératives de services ». Le projet du gouvernement Charest marque la fin des commissions scolaires qui règnent sur les écoles : les écoles et leur direction deviendront les maîtres du jeu. « Le statu quo n'est plus possible. » — Line Beauchamp Le gouvernement Charest compte donc diminuer le budget administratif des commissions scolaires de 100 millions par année pendant trois ans. « Il faudrait plus voir ça comme une coop de services. Les 69 commissions scolaires, dit la ministre, deviendraient ainsi des répartiteurs qui pourraient, par exemple, affecter des professionnels d'une école à l'autre. D'après le reportage de Martine Biron

AngelBlocks : Lifestyle Automation For Everyone by Steve Montgomery Unlike normal home automation that only works with lights and appliances, AngelBlocks works with all of your things, from your kitchen lights to your bathroom trash can. AngelBlocks are tiny, battery powered, wireless building blocks that can be attached to your things giving them the ability to sense and control the environment around them and to communicate with you using messaging and popular social media. Push an AngelBlock into your plant and it will text you when it gets thirsty. Stick one on your washer and get notified the instant your laundry is done. Place one in your car and it can automatically shut your garage door, turn off lights and appliances, and enable your home's security when you pull out of the driveway. AngelBlocks work together to create the most inexpensive, easiest to use, flexible home automation system on the market today. AngelBlocks “learn” their senses. Have you ever had to wash the same tub of clothes twice because you forget about them? Play

Public Support for Free Learning: A Policy Framework [All Presentations] Public Support for Free Learning: A Policy Framework October 24, 2011 Keynote presentation delivered to VLHORA - studiedag 'The Education Highway', Flemish Parliament, Brussels, Belgium. In this talk I make the case for a community-based model of learning, where courses are structured as connectivist networks, describe some of the thinking behind the model, and outline a policy framework for the support of free learning. [Slides] [Audio] [Conference Link]

Poppy, a 3D-printed humanoid robot that defies conventions A new 3D-printed robot called Poppy is helping a team of French researchers study bipedal walking and human-robot interaction. They were able to design, fabricate, and assemble a relatively large robot for around €8,000 (US$11,000) including servo motors and electronics. That's about a third the cost of commercial robots in the same size category like the RQ-TITAN, and is still cheaper than smaller humanoids like the Aldebaran Robotics NAO. View all One of the ways they managed to keep the cost down is by using lightweight materials, which means the robot requires less powerful (and cheaper) servo motors. Making a more human robot One of the main reasons the INRIA Flowers (FLOWing Epigenetic Robots and Systems) team opted to build its own robot is because none of the available commercial kits are truly biologically inspired. Looking at the knees, you'll see some springs spanning the upper and lower leg joints. You can see Poppy in the following video.

Parole et liberté, quel avenir ? Quelle éducation Le développement d’un potentiel extraordinaire d’expression avec le web et Internet est à la base de l’inquiétude des pouvoirs, qu’ils soient politiques économiques ou médiatiques. Cette inquiétude n’est pas nouvelle est dès le début des années 80 on trouve un ensemble de textes qui alertent sur ces questions. En premier lieu ce texte de Johann Bergeron « Si, à l’évidence, l’informatique envahit progressivement tous les aspects de la vie sociale et individuelle, cette expansion pose en des termes nouveaux la question de son impact social. A peu près à la même époque, René Barjavel, homme aux talents multiples répond à des questions posées par des collégiens à propos de « L’Homme de demain et les médias » Il écrit : « Il est certain que l’homme de demain sera soumis, par le fait de cette implantation plus grande et même cette implantation au sens propre du mot, des médias dans sa vie et même dans son corps, sera soumis à un poids de propagande absolument extraordinaire.

Lasersaur Manual 6 Tips for Open Collaboration [This is a crosspost from Alpha Lo's blog, Open Collaboration. Though he had a much catchier title for the post ("What I Learned From Venessa Miemis" - ha), I thought he did a great job listing some of the attitudes and behaviors helpful when trying to extend oneself, collaborate, and evolve. Alpha's doing some amazing work in creating gift circles on the west coast. Check out the original post and comments here.] I got on Twitter around November last year and started following the twitterings of a whole bunch of folk. I discovered a woman named Venessa Miemis and her blog which was about systems theory, social media, networks, & community. She then posted this insight she had of building an intelligent version of ChatRoulette, where people could engage in insightful and worldchanging conversation on these multiple video channels all over the world. 1. 2. 3. I had been reading Venessa’s blog and the comments on it for awhile but had never left a comment myself.