Open Source Hardware is Eating the World — Medium

Open Source Hardware has been making headlines in industry publications and tech communities for years, but only now is it finally enjoying the same mainstream adoption that the Creative Commons and Open Source Software have enjoyed for over two decades. With growing numbers of hardware designs publicly available to study, modify, distribute, and replicate, resistance is futile!Move Over Patent TrollsMuch like its immediate software relative, Open Source Hardware uses existing hardware design licenses rather than creating new ones, to co-innovate and share it forward. In a stark shift from the usually guarded patent world of hardware, we find a new environment for the sharing of ideas. Literally hundreds or thousands of hardware designs—circuit design, component integration, machines, tools, processors and practically anything that can be...

Making a computer has never been so easy

[caption id="attachment_1096" align="alignright" width="347"] "A computer and coding kit for all ages, all over the world. Simple as Lego, powered by Pi. Make games, learn code, create the future."[/caption] In just 18 hours, funding for Kano exceeded the $100,000 mark, that's $5555.56 an hour... an hour! The founders have since seen over $1.5m worth of investment - not a bad return for such a simple idea. It's also creating a buzz in the media with all of the big name tech magazines doing a spread about it. I'm sure you're wondering exactly what a Kano is. Well, it's been a long time coming, but you can finally get your hands on a build-it-yourself computer kit that seamlessly combines intelligent technology, neat design and open source everything (literally), all on a platform that's accessible even to the most incompetent computer...

Call for Designs: Root7 – Home Bar Products

Root7 opens call for product design submissions in home bar category. 3 Home Bar products to be selected each quarter Mutually agreeable licensing terms to be discussed on selection Selected designs will be supported through product development Existing European and US distribution networks in place Root7 are looking to find designers who can create exciting, creative and functional products within the home bar category. The home wares industry in the UK is a successful and innovative place and companies like Joseph Joseph have pioneered the way for British designers around the World in recent years. The home bar section is an area of this industry that remains consistent and retailers will increase their shelf space at Christmas and certain gifting times of year to include large barware sections. Commodity products such as...

Windows 8 to have built in support for 3D printers

The following is a post from Shanen Boettcher, General Manager of the Startup Business Group at Microsoft. Remember when we said there’d be a PC on every desktop? How about this -- a factory on every desktop! Today, Microsoft announced that the Windows 8.1 update will have built-in support for 3D printing. Making a 3D object on your PC will be as easy as writing a document in Word and sending it to print. Just as desktop publishing transformed how we write, we think desktop manufacturing will transform how we create. 3D printing has been around for a while but has mainly been used by manufacturing companies – car makers, aerospace companies, toymakers, and hardware companies,including Microsoft, to make prototypes. Using big, very expensive machines, manufacturers build 3D models using a variety of materials, from plastic to metal....