Tiny $57 PC is like the Raspberry Pi, but faster and fully open It would be difficult to overstate the popularity of the tiny Raspberry Pi computer that launched earlier this year, but it's just one example of a rapidly growing class of small, inexpensive, Linux-powered devices, as I've already noted on several occasions before. The Cubieboard and the UG802 are two of the more recent examples to appear, even as the Raspberry Pi itself has been continually improved, but since then another came to light: the A13-OLinuXino. “A13-OLinuXino is a low-cost single-board Linux computer in a very compact nano-ITX form,” explains Olimex, the product's Bulgarian maker. Open hardware resources and events from Opensource.com Pardon the noise. We've been banging around for a few months in our workshop, toiling away at our latest creation: What is open hardware?, a new resource page. And it's finally finished! What's not to love about hardware? We use it every day.
Towards a Distributed Internet In preparation for the Contact conference that I am helping to organize this October in NYC, I’ve been in discussion with many different communities about the types of initiatives they would like to bring to the table. The purpose of the event is to ‘realize the true potential of social media,’ and determine what infrastructures need to be in place to enable peer-to-peer commerce, culture, and governance. My goal is to help facilitate these conversations now, so that come October, there is already a higher level of awareness and understanding of these issues, and more connections between groups working on similar objectives. To that end, one of the conversation threads that has begun, with the help of Paul B.
Raspberry Pi, Python & Arduino After the other night’s wonderfully slow detour into Processing, I thought I’d try the Raspberry Pi’s “native” language of Python to control an Arduino. This worked rather well, though I don’t have a slick GUI for it yet. pyFirmata is the magic that allows an Arduino running Firmata to talk to Python. It’s fairly easy to install under Raspbian:
Raspberry Pi This is a basic setup guide, written by Isabell Long. Originally designed for under 10s, it covers the basics of plugging the Pi in. It assumes knowledge of what a keyboard and mouse is, and that a SD card is pre-loaded with an operating system image.
Introducing Raspbery Pi à la mode Our first prototypes are back, and working quite well! SeeedStudio fabricated the prototype boards and quickly sourced the parts. The boards were of excellent quality. Survey results: Top 10 hacker SBCs · LinuxGizmos.com Our SBC survey has now concluded, and it’s time to reveal the Top 10 SBCs list. Yes, the Pi is still in the sky… but some other winners may surprise you! The 10-day SurveyMonkey survey — a joint project between LinuxGizmos.com and the Linux Foundation’s Linux.com community website — asked readers of both sites to choose their top three Linux- or Android-based open-spec single-board computers from a list of 32. Some 777 respondents did just that, with most also picking their top buyer’s criteria and intended applications. Five respondents were randomly selected to receive a Linux Foundation shirt, hat, mug, or USB drive (see farther below for a list of the winners). How would you rank these 32 hacker SBCs?
Social Networking 3.0: From Self-expression to Group Action My favorite social networking site is one that makes $10B of revenues/year, has no infrastructure costs, and has no salesforce, has no management team. Can you guess which one it is? I can't tell you. It's invite only. You'd know if you knew. But it is a great site. Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi Welcome to the world of physical computing with the Raspberry Pi! The Raspberry Pi is a small, inexpensive, low-power computer aimed at getting children interested in Computer Science. It is, however, a very flexible machine, and its capabilities have made it very popular among makers and hobbyists, who see the Raspberry Pi as a cheap way of accessing a relatively large amount of compute power.
Arduino Projects & Inspiration for Beginners Arduino Projects This is basically a summary of some of the arduino projects that I've worked on. I didn't really find a whole lot of discussion about Arduinos here, so I thought I'd create this thread in which we can share our projects, talk about interesting ideas for new projects, and hopefully inspire those who have never used an Arduino before. I'm very passionate about these kind of projects and embedded systems, which is why I'm currently studying electrical engineering. My inspiration for choosing to study electrical engineering was hardware hacking. When mod chips came out for the original xbox, it just completely blew my mind that someone could take a commercial electronic product, and modify it's funtionality to make it do whatever they want.
10 Open Hardware Projects to Save the Earth On the coattails of the rise of intellectual property and economic monopolies, the Open Source movement is thriving, expanding public access to knowledge, culture and tools. Advocates have opened up everything from software to science, media to politics...and of course, data. Now we even have an emerging model in which to implement and develop this openness, as Michel Bauwens describes in the following video. As Alastair Parvin of WikiHouse put it: “This increased access to knowledge is hugely important...it acts as the foundational infrastructure on which we can start to build a whole new economy.”
Building An Open Source, Distributed Google Clone Disclosure: the writer of this article, Emre Sokullu, joined Hakia as a Search Evangelist in March 2007. The following article in no way represents Hakia's views - it is Emre's personal opinions only. Google is like a young mammoth, already very strong but still growing.