Technology

  • The list of products at CES that run on Linux has been growing for years, this year is no exception. Many vendors openly discuss their use of Linux, but some are much more difficult to identify. Smart TVs are one of the products Linux has mostly taken over with numerous companies that have released TVs […]

  • Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift led many people to question what would happen if the company dominated the virtual reality hardware market. Razer is looking to disrupt this by releasing their own open source virtual reality headset with $200 dev kits set to be released as early as June 2015. The device relies on an […]

  • The concept of open washing has been covered in brief on this site before, but another form of deceptive practices has been becoming more common in the tech world. With the increased awareness of privacy over the last year, there is a growing number of individuals looking to capitalize off this movement, some of which […]

  • The options for someone looking to build open source electronic devices is consistently expanding with a selection of high quality competing devices. Choosing the platform you will use is one of the first steps in designing your own electronics, and its important to choose the platform that best fits your needs. Arduino – Arduino is […]

  • MeArm is a small robotic arm which the creators hope to turn into an accessible platform for everyone. The final goal of the project is to design a robotic arm that can be built with nothing but a screwdriver. It is built from a standard sheet of acrylic with low-cost servo motors, and uses an […]

  • Cars are becoming much more intelligent every year, but many traditional manufacturers have developed strictly controlled, walled off gardens for the computer systems in their cars. OSVehicle is best known for their Tabby chassis, which is shipped in a flat-pack box and can be assembled in under an hour, but the company behind it looks […]

  • Shah Selbe is an explorer for National Geographic who focuses on environmental conservation. He recently took a trip to the Okavango Delta wilderness in Africa where he applied open source technology to his work in conservation by using a Raspberry Pi to measure environmental variables and share the data openly, and he is also working […]

  • Graphing calculators can be quite expensive, despite the old technology that is used on many of them. Enter LibreCalc, a graphing calculator built on low cost, easy to obtain hardware that has extensive documentation and free and open source software. The case models are free to download on the web to 3D print at home, […]

  • OpenMotics is an open source home automation hardware and software system that allows users to control lighting, multi-zone heating and cooling, measure power consumption, and automate actions. The project started 10 years ago with a few simple inputs and outputs, but it has since grown to create a fully extensible home automation system. The company […]

  • Intel has unveiled a new open source communication system built specifically for Stephen Hawking that can be adapted to help the more than three million people suffering from quadriplegia and motor neurone disease. The Assistive Context Aware Toolkit (ACAT) is th result of three years of collaboration between Intel and Hawking and replaces the 20-year-old […]

  • Networking vendor Juniper has announced they will be embracing the open compute platform with the upcoming OCX 1100 switch. This is a significant deviation from their normal business practices as they have relied on their own proprietary hardware running their own proprietary operating system. The company views open compute as an opportunity to expand their […]

  • A silicon valley startup founded by two teenagers is working to design and build a parallel processor that will deliver a 10x leap in performance per watt over current technologies. Rex Computing hopes to then make this processor open source under the Open Compute Project that was started by Facebook in order to rally supporters […]

  • A small group of students in the Netherlands have built and tested a 3D printer that uses a MIG welder to printer in metal. The fused deposition modeling printer works similar to the hobbyist thermoplastic printers that are becoming common, but is still limited in its resolution and speed. The group has successfully printed and […]

  • The AllSeen Alliance is an industry consortium working to develop open standards for the Internet of Things (IoT). They are currently assembling the Connected Lighting Working Group which will develop a framework that allows smart light bulbs to communicate with people and other connected devices. This has the potential to open up a wealth of […]

  • Its been over three years since Facebook launched the Open Compute project, an effort to design and build large scale computing infrastructure that is efficient and low cost. The project is following an open development model that is similar to open source methodology where all IP is shared openly amongst participants. The community is currently […]

  • 3dprintler labs has released the design information for 3Dponics, their own hydroponics system as open source. The project was funded on Kickstarter and is a low-cost hydroponics system that is used to grow plants. More from IT Wire.

  • The Ubuntu Edge Kickstarter campaign was the largest crowdfunding campaign ever when it ended, but the company still didn’t manage to raise the money it needed to launch it. The phone featured a quad-cor processor, 4GB of ram, and 128GB of internal storage, specs that would have made it the most powerful mobile device on […]

  • Arduino has announced the upcoming release of Materia 101, a new 3D printer that is the result of a partnership between Arduino and Sharebot. Many people in the hobbyist 3D printing community have been using Arduino devices to power 3D printers for a while; this printer is powered by the Arduino Mega 2560. Technical Specs […]

  • Developing open source technology takes considerable effort and time, especially if you are working alone. Outsourcing certain tasks to others can be an effective method for producing work that is of higher quality much more quickly than you can do on your own. Here are a few areas that can be outsourced in the development […]

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