Open hardware

Hackers are coming for your jewels with this safe-cracking robot If hackers want what’s on your computer, chances are they can find a way to get it. But what about your non-digital goods you keep in a safe at home? Turns out those aren’t that secure, either.  At the 25th annual DEF CON in Las Vegas professional tinkerer and founder of SparkFun Electronics Nathan

Lucasfilm goes open source, DIY lab equipment | The VFX studio behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones made a major open source release. ILM Visual Effects, Lucasfilm’s VFX and animation studio, open sourced its MaterialX computer graphics library July 11. MaterialX was used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Start Wars Story. The source code and examples are available on GitHub and through Group of

ESP8266 IoT Contest – Simplify the Connected World – myDevices, SparkFun, and Espressifhave partnered to give you the world’s first ESP8266 IoT contest.  Show us how you use the ESP8266 to simplify the connected world! There is no project too big or too small. Want to monitor the temperature in a room? Perfect. Thinking of creating an automated garden? Excellent. Want to use

Which license would you take with you? The copyright law defaults to author control of copying, modification, and distribution, so others need the author’s permission to copy, modify, or distribute. If you would like others to be free to copy your software and possibly build on it, then you should choose a license. Open source licenses give the permissions needed to

Lessons for getting started with DIY IoT home automation | We live in an exciting time. Everyday more things become Internet-connected things. They have sensors and can communicate with other things, and help us perform tasks. Home automation is made possible by amaetuer developers and tinkers because the price of microcontrollers with the ability to talk over a network continue to drop.  Along the way, the writer has learned

What to know before you open source your project Before your company makes a project open source, make sure you’re ready for all your new responsibilities to the community that forms around it. It’s the ecosystem, stupid With so much innovation happening in open source projects, why not take advantage of it across your product and supply chain?

SiFive announced the Arduino Cinque, the new RISC-V based development board | Open Electronics The Arduino Cinque is the second RISC-V based development board put out by SiFive (the first being the HiFive1) compatible with the Arduino platform. “By partnering with a pioneer in open-source hardware, SiFive can further advance the progress of open custom silicon” Board has SiFive’s Freedom E310 customizable SoC, which runs off the E31 CPU

New open-source website features blueprints for lab-on-a-chip devices A new MIT-designed open-source website might well be the Pinterest of microfluidics. The site,, is a free repository of designs for lab-on-a-chip devices, submitted by all sorts of inventors, including trained scientists and engineers, hobbyists, students, and amateur makers. The researchers modeled their Metafluidics site after popular open-source repositories such as GitHub—a free site

How to launch a community project on GitHub | GitHub has become a fairly central part of many open source projects. Although many people focus on the code-hosting aspect of GitHub, the platform also includes comprehensive features for issue management, code review, and integration with many other tools and platforms. For new open source projects, however, getting started and ensuring that GitHub repos are