What the 1980s would have made of the $5 Raspberry Pi


The new Raspberry Pi Zero is a $5 general purpose computer, manufactured in Wales, with more power than a 1980s personal computer. Read the rest

Tiny open-source gadget simulates replacement Amex cards, disables chip-&-PIN


Hardware hacker/security researcher Samy Kamkar is legendary for his legion of playful, ha-ha-only-serious gadgets that show how terrible information security is, and now he's turned his attention to the American Express company, which turns out to be a goddamned train-wreck. Read the rest

Open source hardware autonomous tractor uses repurposed drone autopilot


Matt Reimer's homebrew autonomous tractor uses open source components to accomplish the kind of automation that John Deere's super-proprietary tractors are known for. Read the rest

MAKE: an open hardware, 3D printed cellphone photo-studio


Paolo Kiefe writes, "I love 3D printing and the maker movement. I thought that you might like this design from an open hardware project called #3DBenchy that aims to create more public awareness for applied 3D printing. This is a photo-studio that makes it easy to hold a smartphone to consistently take photos and videos of objects." Read the rest

Crowdfunding Battle Blimps: "Small, open-source, RC blimps + hydrogen + red poker tips"

Eric writes, "Battle Blimps are: Small, open-source, RC blimps + hydrogen + red poker tips = SENDING YOUR FRIENDS DOWN IN FLAMES." Read the rest

July 4: Rumblefish claims to own US Navy rendition of "America the Beautiful"


Adafruit Industries has been stripped of revenues from its Youtube channel after Rumblefish -- a notorious music-rights agency -- claimed to own the copyright on a public domain, taxpayer-funded rendition of "America the Beautiful." Read the rest

8-bit photo gun made from a Game Boy and a thermal printer

Stick a thermal printer, a Game Boy and a camera into an Arduino-controlled gizmo and you've got ::vtol::'s 8-bit instant photo gun. Read the rest

Demystifying copyright licensing and 3D printing

It's more complicated than it seems: the functional elements of a 3D print can't be copyrighted, but they may be blended with decorative elements that can be; what's more, if we err on the side of caution by "open licensing" stuff that isn't even copyrighted, the effort to open up copyright ends up normalizing the application of copyright to new subjects. Read the rest

3DPL: a remix license for 3D printed things

Joris Peels writes, "We've developed a license for sharing 3D printed things. We think it's important to have a good license that lets people remix, share and create in a 3D printed world. We'd like to ask the maker and 3D printing community to help us by giving us feedback on what about the 3DPL should be changed so we have a broadly accepted license for 3D printing." Read the rest

Bridging gongkai and free/open source

Bunnie Huang and his team have set out to fully reverse-engineer and document a cheap Chinese Mediatek MT6260. mobile-phone board -- licensed in the complex, informal regime of "gongkai," through which lots of theoretically confidential information is published, but some critical pieces are withheld. Read the rest

Maker-themed "Few of my favorite things" remix

Legendary maker Becky Sterns is in top form as she waltzes around the Adafruit offices singing about her favorite things in this holiday video. Read the rest

Crowdfunding a USB-stick-sized, GNU/Linux-ready computer

A reader writes, "The USB Armory is full-blown computer (800MHz ARM® processor, 512MB RAM) in a tiny form factor (65mm x 19mm x 6mm USB stick) designed from the ground up with information security applications in mind." Read the rest

Watercolorbot 2.0

New from Evil Mad Scientist Labs, the 2.0 version of their Watercolorbot, a plotter than uses a brush and a palette of watercolors to automatically paint watercolor pictures. Read the rest

Dronecode: Open, community-maintained firmware for UAVs

Dronecode started as 3D Robotics' free/open codebase for UAVs, and it has grown to the point where it has flown off on its own, with a formal, community-run board and an ambitious roadmap for the future. Read the rest

Kickstarting Tinyscreen: thumbsized color screen from the Tinyduino people

Ken writes, "We're a small hardware company based out of Akron, OH in the US in the US that make tiny electronics and have a popular platform called the TinyDuino (a small Arduino compatible board)." Read the rest

Kickstarting a DIY back-yard Tar Sands Kit

Jeff sez, "Turn pristine ecosystems into high-octane fuel in your own home -- all ages!" Public Lab'skit helps you understand the devastation and health risks from tar sands extraction by letting you boil your own back yard for oil. Read the rest

Open source hardware pumpkin-puppet

David writes, "A year ago I pledged to make a fully interactive version of my augmented jack-O-lantern, Gourdy; I've finally gotten around to doing it, and I'm releasing him free for anyone to use. Read the rest

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