Article: PROFORGE 3 open source 3D printer launches via Kickstarter

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PROFORGE 3 open source 3D printer launches via Kickstarter

Makertech 3D has launched their new third generation 3D printer this week via Kickstarter in the form of the high-performance and open source PROFORGE 3, equipped with a second-generation dual switching hot end.

We rigorously test and quality control to ensure you receive high quality components that function the way they were intended to, right out of the box. However in the slim case you do receive a faulty part or one that was damaged in transit we’ll send out a replacement for you right away for up to an entire year after your purchase!”

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Article: Arduino’s Violante Highlights Value of Open Source

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Arduino’s Violante Highlights Value of Open Source

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on a simplified hardware and software management system. Arduino provides many boards for every design target, and one of its latest boards is Portenta for the industrial market. At its heart is STMicroelectronics’ microcontroller, with a dual-core Cortex-M7 and Cortex-M4 on the chip.

In this video interview with EE Times Europe, Fabio Violante, CEO of Arduino, discusses the value and role of open source as well as the increased interactions between children and technology. “There’s a lot of talking about open source, but not all the people understand very well what open source means, in many cases, it is sort of a synonymous with free so people just misinterpret the this concept,” Violante said.

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Article: Open-source GPU technology for supercomputers

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Open-source GPU technology for supercomputers

Researchers from the HSE International Laboratory for Supercomputer Atomistic Modelling and Multi-scale Analysis, JIHT RAS and MIPT have compared the performance of popular molecular modelling programs on GPU accelerators produced by AMD and Nvidia. In a paper published by the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, the scholars ported LAMMPS on the new open-source GPU technology, AMD HIP, for the first time.

Researchers from the HSE International Laboratory for Supercomputer Atomistic Modelling and Multi-scale Analysis, JIHT RAS and MIPT have compared the performance of popular molecular modelling programs on GPU accelerators produced by AMD and Nvidia. In a paper published by the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, the scholars ported LAMMPS on the new open-source GPU technology, AMD HIP, for the first time.

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Article: Amazon announces it’s open sourcing DeepRacer device software

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Amazon announces it’s open sourcing DeepRacer device software

When Amazon debuted AWS DeepRacer in 2018, it was meant as a fun way to help developers learn machine learning. While it has evolved since and incorporated DeepRacer competitions, today the company announced it was adding a new wrinkle. It’s open sourcing the software the company created to run these miniature cars.

At its core, the DeepRacer car is a mini computer running Ubuntu Linux and Robot Operating System (ROS), both open source components. The company believes that by opening up the device software to developers, it will encourage more creative uses of the car by enabling them to change the car’s default behavior.

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Article: IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder Develop OpenBuilt, a Platform for the Construction Industry

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IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder Develop OpenBuilt, a Platform for the Construction Industry

IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder recently announced a collaboration to develop OpenBuilt, a platform for the construction industry supply chains built on the hybrid cloud platform Red Hat OpenShift and running on IBM Cloud.

OpenBuilt is designed with the goal to allow companies across the construction industry, architects, building material suppliers, manufacturers and engineering firms to connect their technology platforms to partners and suppliers in their supply chain relying on a common cloud platform and infrastructure. Using OpenBuilt, construction companies will then have access to different applications and services from technology providers.

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Article: Scan the world partners with Google arts & culture for Open-Source 3D Printable Artifacts

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Scan the world partners with Google arts & culture for Open-Source 3D Printable Artifacts

London-based cultural heritage project Scan the World has teamed up with Google Arts & Culture to expand its collection of open-source, 3D printable art. The partnership will leverage Scan the World’s expertise in open data and 3D printing technologies and Google Arts & Culture’s storytelling platform to put 3D printable artefacts in the hands of enthusiasts, educators, and artists.

Data archived on the Google Arts & Culture platform will be viewable in 3D, with STL files able to be downloaded from Scan the World on 3D file marketplace MyMiniFactory’s website.

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Article: Open-source, Arduino-based wearable biometric sensor EmotiBit meets Kickstarter goal

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Open-source, Arduino-based wearable biometric sensor EmotiBit meets Kickstarter goal

A new biometric, wearable sensor module based on Arduino is now available on Kickstarter. Dubbed EmotiBit, the open-source device can detect emotional, physiological, and movement data via more than 16 biometric signals.

“Wear in any orientation, anywhere on the body, and start measuring biometric signals! Built-in slots make it easy to wear EmotiBit any way you want,” reads the Kickstarter page. Since the data is 100 percent user-owned, it can be recorded directly to the built-in SD card, and viewed through a cross-platform visualizer available for Mac, PC, and Linux, and built on the OpenFrameworks creative-coding toolkit.

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Article: Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

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Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

Equinix has announced improvements to the Tinkerbell provisioning system it uses for its Equinix Metal bare-metal infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

Equinix Metal, launched in October 2020, uses technology from Packet, which Equinix bought in January 2020. The enterprise colocation giant says that Tinkerbell already provisions thousands of servers per day for Equinix. It now has additional features, some of them with Peter-Pan-inspired names, and has joined the Sandbox program at the Cloud Neutral Computing Foundation (CNCF), the home of Kubernetes and other open source projects for containers and cloud infrastructure.

“Today we announced that Tinkerbell has added a bunch of new features and gained momentum since joining the CNCF sandbox program,” said Zac Smith. managing director of Equinix Metal.

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Article: Meet RuhaCam, a Raspberry Pi 3D-Printed Open Source Camera

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Meet RuhaCam, a Raspberry Pi 3D-Printed Open Source Camera

Smile and say cheese! This Raspberry Pi project, known as RuhaCam, is ready to capture all of life’s finest moments. It was created by Ruha Cheng and Penk Chen who decided to develop an open-source approach to handheld digital cameras. The camera is housed inside of a 3D-printed shell designed with a retro, handheld shape. Inside is a Raspberry Pi Zero and a Raspberry Pi HQ camera module for high quality results when capturing photos.

The best Raspberry Pi projects are the ones you can recreate yourself and this one is totally open source. The 3D printer files and code used are available to anyone on GitHub. There you’ll find a complete list of parts which includes additional components like a 10MP 16mm Telephoto Lens and a 2.2-inch TFT display to serve as a viewfinder.

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Article: Youtuber Develops Open source 3d Printed VR Gloves for just $22

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Youtuber Develops Open source 3d Printed VR Gloves for just $22

A student YouTuber by the name of Lucas VRTech has designed and 3D printed a pair of low-cost finger tracking gloves for use in virtual reality.Named LucidVR, the open-source gloves are currently on iteration three, and grant users the ability to precisely track their fingers without the use of dedicated VR controllers.

Lucas is currently in the process of adding haptic feedback to the gloves, meaning they will enable users to feel virtual objects as if they were really in their hands. Tallying up all of the component and filament costs, the LucidVR project cost Lucas just $22 ($11 per hand). The devices have already been tested in a number of VR games such as Half Life Alyx and Pavlov VR, and they work like a charm.

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