So long, breadboard: Draw circuits instantly with the Circuit Scribe pen The process of learning about electronic circuits today is pretty low-tech. You are sitting in a high school physics classroom. The teacher demonstrates a circuit at the front of the room while you draw a rough sketch and attempt to describe in words why connecting this thingy with that other thingy makes the light thingy light up. The Circuit Scribe wants to make learning about and creating circuits much, much easier. A gel pen filled with conductive ink, the Circuit Scribe lets you draw circuits that dry instantly, meaning you could create a working circuit among the notes in your notebook. A Circuit Scribe campaign went live today on Kickstarter, where its creators are asking for $85,000. The team behind Circuit Scribe wants to use the money to scale up production of the pen. If you tended to fall asleep in that physics class, a circuit is a loop through which an electric current can pass.
Tracking the Internet of Things: Postscapes Apple Just Ended the Era of Paid Operating Systems | Wired Business Craig Federighi announces pricing on OS X Mavericks earlier today. Photo: Christina Bonnington/WIRED The desktop operating system is dead as a major profit center, and Apple just delivered the obituary. Amid a slew of incremental improvements to its iPad tablets and MacBook laptops, Apple today announced some landmark news about its oldest surviving operating system: It will not charge for the latest big upgrade, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, breaking from a tradition that goes back 16 years and shining a light on a long-unfolding reversal in how tech profits are made. Prices of Apple’s Mac OS X have long been on the wane. As the mobile world takes off, it’s only natural that the desktop and laptop world would move towards the free model as well Part of what’s going on here is that the low-cost mobile ecosystem has changed the way people think about operating system software. In a way, operating systems are returning to their roots as a kind of loss leader. — John Siracusa
IPSO Alliance | Enabling the Internet of Things FreakLabs Store, Open Source Wireless Sensor Networks Home Shopping Cart now in your cart 0 items Home :: Contact Copyright © 2014 FreakLabs Store. Nimbits The Truth About Open Source Hardware Business Models After some time now, the Open Hardware Ecosystem and Business sector gained some significant traction. An excellent presentation by Mathilde Berchon was recently release at the open hardware summit, trying to summarize the increasingly interesting diversity and numbers of the OSHW business. Here’s some interesting passage in the talk: The number of open hardware startups is increasing, mostly since 2007. All the data is available in the Open Hardware Startups Database here: Mathilde’s talks and other sources of information shows that, despite the sector is still of negligible size respect the traditional hardware and manufacturing business, OSHW is anticipating some interesting trends such as hardware componentization and on-demand manufacturing but we’ll be be back on this later. Within time we are seeing a substantial diversity of business models coming up for businesses growing around open hardware. Did you like the post?
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