FOUNDhouse We believe a small lifestyle is a responsible way to approach domestic life. A small home helps makes us conscious of the things we own; makes us choose with intention what we spend our money, our time, and our energy on. Making the design accessible means making the construction simpler. Assembly of the structure requires no specialized tools or training. We've attempted to make components that can only be put together one way, minimizing mistakes. Open-source hardware Open source hardware consists of physical artifacts of technology designed and offered by the open design movement. Both free and open source software (FOSS) as well as open source hardware is created by this open source culture movement and applies a like concept to a variety of components. The term usually means that information about the hardware is easily discerned. Hardware design (i.e. mechanical drawings, schematics, bills of material, PCB layout data, HDL source code and integrated circuit layout data), in addition to the software that drives the hardware, are all released with the FOSS approach. Since the rise of reconfigurable programmable logic devices, sharing of logic designs has been a form of open source hardware. Instead of the schematics, hardware description language (HDL) code is shared.
Geyser Tube - Namoroka The Geyser Tube™ is a loading tube for the now famous Diet Coke geyser powered by MENTOS®. If you've ever tried doing the experiment, you know how difficult it can be to drop the MENTOS® into the bottle before the reaction takes off... and you're soaking wet. The Geyser Tube will give you a perfect launch every time with time to stand back. Attach the Geyser Tube to any bottle of soda (but diet soda works best because it's not sticky - no sugar!) Secure the trigger pin in place. Teensy USB Development Board The Teensy is a complete USB-based microcontroller development system, in a very small footprint, capable of implementing many types of projects. All programming is done via the USB port. No special programmer is needed, only a standard "Mini-B" USB cable and a PC or Macintosh with a USB port. Update: Discussion / Support Forum Teensy 3.1 changes from Teensy 3.0
David A. Mellis: Fab Speakers These portable speakers are made from laser-cut wood, fabric, veneer, and electronics. They are powered by three AAA batteries and compatible with any standard audio jack (e.g. on an iPhone, iPod, or laptop). The speakers are an experiment in open-source hardware applied to consumer electronics. By making their original design files freely available online, in a way that's easy for others to modify, I hope to encourage people to make and modify them. In particular, I'd love to see changes or additions that I didn't think about and to have those changes shared publicly for others to use or continue to modify. The speakers have been designed to be relatively simple and cheap in the hopes of facilitating their production by others.
Lathe A metalworking lathe from 1911 showing component parts. a = bed b = carriage (with cross-slide and toolpost) c = headstock d = back gear (other geartrain nearby drives leadscrew) e = cone pulley for a belt drive from an external power source f = faceplate mounted on spindle g = tailstock h = leadscrew A watchmaker using a lathe to prepare a component cut from copper. History The lathe is an ancient tool, dating at least to ancient Egypt and known to be used in Assyria and ancient Greece. The lathe was very important to the Industrial Revolution. The origin of turning dates to around 1300 BCE when the Ancient Egyptians first developed a two-person lathe.
strobit - Strobit Wireless Widget Open Hardware Project Welcome to the Strobit Wireless Widget Project. The project aims to is to create a compact, low cost, battery powered, wireless enabled Arduino that is Open (as in Open Hardware). All Documentation is available via the wiki. Giant Tube Worm - Deep Sea Creatures on Sea and Sky - Namoroka The giant tube worm, also known as Riftia pachyptila, was totally unknown to science until researchers exploring the deep Pacific Ocean floor discovered strange, hydrothermal vents. Powered by volcanic heat, these vents recirculate water that seeps down through cracks or faults in the rock. When the water emerges from the vent, it is rich in chemicals and minerals.
4 Operating Systems for the Arduino I was working in the lab, late one night, when my eyes behold an eerie sight... Yes, Halloween is a long time ago, but that stupid song is still stuck in my head. I miss Halloween.