• Google has released Draco, an open source compression library to improve the storage and transmission of 3D graphics. From the announcement: Draco can be used to compress meshes and point-cloud data. It also supports compressing points, connectivity information, texture coordinates, color information, normals and any other generic attributes associated with geometry. With Draco, applications using 3D graphics […]

  • D-wave is a company that specializes in quantum computing systems. The complex nature of quantum computing has limited the software field primarily to individuals who have expertise in particle physics, D-wave looks to reduce the barrier to creating software that uses quantum processing with the release of qbsolv: software that greatly simplifies the process of […]

  • The Swedish National Survey is leading an effort to track land ownership in their country using a public blockchain; testing for this is set to begin in March 2017. At this time, the system will be populated with test data and made public, and the public is invited to test out the system from a […]

  • As part of a partnership with the OSVehicle community, Renault has announced they will release an open source vehicle named the Twizy EV. While OSVehicle has already released open source automotive platforms, this is the first time a major car manufacturer has done the same. The company hopes others will build upon this platform to […]

  • Walmart has released Electrode as open source. Electrode is a React-based application the company uses to power Walmart.com. From the project about page: Electrode is a platform for building universal React/Node.js applications with a standardized structure, best practices, and modern technologies baked in. Electrode focuses on performance, component reusability, and simple deployment to multiple cloud […]

  • Google has released Cartographer: an open source, real-time, simultaneous localization and mapping library for 2D and 3D spaces. It can combine data from various sensors like LIDAR, IMU, and cameras. The program is intended primarily for robots to map local facilities. To learn more, read the post on the Google Open Source Blog.

  • At the Open Hardware Summit in Portland last week, the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) announced the release of a new certification for open hardware. The purpose is to “provide an easy and straightforward way for producers to indicate that their products meet a uniform and well-defined standard for open-source compliance, benefiting both creators and […]

  • OSVehicle is a project to create an open source automobile platform, and the community is now taking orders for fully assembled versions of their electic car, the Tabby Evo. Purchasers can choose a 2 or 4 seat model that are priced between $12,480 – $19,980. This car represents more than 3 years of R&D and […]

  • Government institutions are a prime target for open source software for many reasons, primarily the low cost of ownership and relative ease of upgrading to the latest standards and software. Network World has pieced together a map of governmental adoption of open source around the world, and it paints an interesting picture of worldwide open […]