Technology

  • 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 […]

  • The same technological trends that led to complex legal issues with file sharing in digital music and video are now beginning to emerge in the production of goods through the development of consumer 3D printers and other distributed manufacturing technologies. Organizations like PSFK Labs are exploring methods of improving the monetization of goods and services […]

  • Harvard University has released an open source soft robotics toolkit designed to help anyone get started building soft robots. Soft robots could play an important part in search and rescue missions or surgical operations due to their ability to flex and fit into confined spaces. They operate through a system of inflating/deflating to move and […]

  • Open source allows more companies to contribute to the development of technology than proprietary products. This creates higher levels of innovation and competition than traditional markets and allows businesses to leverage these benefits to do more. Web hosting on the LAMP stack and Nginx and 3D printing are both examples of open source creating robust […]

  • Jezra Johnson Lickter is a tinkerer, hacker, and web master who has plenty of experience building things with open source software and hardware. He believes humans are hard wired to be tinkerers and he looks to open source hardware as a way of building closer relationships between people and the technology their rely on. More […]

  • Industrial agriculture allowed humanity to produce an excess of food that fueled the drastic population expansion of the Industrial Revolution. Today, we are facing the challenges associated with this method of farming including top-soil degradation, depleting water supplies, and fertilizer / pesticide pollution. Open Source could help solve these problems, two projects in particular are […]

  • Following a corruption scandal involving the superintendent of Los Angeles Schools and executives from Apple and Pearson Education, the city’s iPad for every student plan has been halted. Apple and Pearson have both spent considerable lobbying effort to establish themselves in the US education system, a relationship that has encouraged the use of proprietary electronic […]

  • The Cloud FX is the first Firefox OS smartphone and is now available for purchase in India. It features a 2MP rear camera, a 1.0 GHz processor, 128 MB of memory and 256 MB of device storage (expandable up to 4GB).  Mozilla has focused on emerging markets for Firefox OS with the ability to run […]

  • Open Source Hardware companies generated $50 million in revenue in 2013, an number that appears to be headed towards $1 billion next year. This is driven by companies like Adafruit, Arduino, Maker Shed, and Parrallex. Bug Labs is demonstrating the ongoing growth of this industry by recently raising $16 million in venture capital. More from […]

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • Lulzbot has made it a priority to be as open as possible with their products. The Lulzbot 3D printers are the only that have the Free Software Foundation’s Respect your freedom certification, and the company has a policy of never patenting anything. This helps Lulzbot develop new hardware much more rapidly than traditional business models. […]

    • Canonical, the lead company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has announced an expansion of their effort to run Ubuntu on as many platforms as possible. The company announced that Ubuntu Snappy will be coming to the Open Compute Platform (OCP) network switches.Ubuntu will bring an assortment of benefits to the OCP, including the fastest, smallest, […]

    • 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 […]