Article: EmotiBit open source wearable biometric sensor

Access, Design, Open Decision-Support, Open Space

EmotiBit open source wearable biometric sensor

A new open source Arduino driven wearable biometric sensor has been created by the develop and team at EmotiBit, offering an easy-to-use sensor capturing high-quality emotional, physiological and movement data that is 100% user owned. Thanks to its open source design and Arduino compatibility data from the sensor can be streamed wirelessly to any platform, enabling artists and makers to unlock new perspectives on biometric signals.

The data is 100% user-owned and can be directly recorded to the built-in SD card, empowering anyone to explore their own health and wellness without reservations about where that data might end up.EmotiBit is able to detect 16+ biometric signals that are constantly traveling throughout our bodies, reflecting our moment by moment physiological and emotional changes.

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Article: First Google-Sponsored MPW Shuttle Launched at SkyWater with 40 Open Source Community Submitted Designs

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First Google-Sponsored MPW Shuttle Launched at SkyWater with 40 Open Source Community Submitted Designs

SkyWater Technology, the trusted technology realization partner, and Efabless, a crowdsourcing design platform for custom silicon, today announced the first tapeout in a series of Google-sponsored open source multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles, managed by Efabless and manufactured at SkyWater. In this partnership, open source designs were selected to be fabricated at no cost to designers.

The design submission process was open for 30 days, generating 1700 downloads in the first two weeks and filling all 40 available slots. Additional designs will be accommodated starting in the next MPW shuttle run which is anticipated in mid-2021. The designs utilize SkyWater’s 130nm open process design kit which has been made publicly available.

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Article: Open-Source Design for a Biodegradable Prescription Pill Bottle Made from Paper

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Open-Source Design for a Biodegradable Prescription Pill Bottle Made from Paper

For those taking prescription medications, plastic is likely the only vessel they come in–and some 90% of them are not recycled, according to Tikkun Olam Makers, an Israel-based collective dedicated to solving social and environmental problems. Thus they’ve created the Prescription Paper Pill Bottle:

The Prescription Paper Pill Bottle, a first of its kind, is 100% compostable and biodegradable. Its open-source design adheres to FDA regulations for durability, light, water, and child resistance. It’s available to any pharmacy for filling prescription tablets and capsules.

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Article: Open-source software verification of open-source hardware design like RISC-V possesses many new challenges.

Design, Open Source, Open Space

Open-source software verification of open-source hardware design like RISC-V possesses many new challenges.

The allure of open-source hardware is the flexibility for designers to create their own CPU-based platforms. Advocates believe that freely available open-source systems will encourage a new wave of processor innovation and create new market segments. These advocates point to the increasing amount of open-source IP that is available and being implemented in many new chip designs. But what about verification?

While the design community is encouraged, the verification engineers are cautious. In the past, instruction set architectures (ISA) used with intellectual property (IP)-based processors came from a single source, e.g., Arm, Intel, AMD, etc. These ISAs utilized industry verification tools and methodologies.

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Article: What does the pandemic mean for the smart city revolution?

Cities, Design, Innovation, Open Space

What does the pandemic mean for the smart city revolution?

The potential power and practicality of smart cities continues to be a topic of debate in the midst – and tailwinds – of Covid-19. A recent TechHQ article documented Sidewalk Labs’ abandoned plans for a smart city development in an area of Toronto. With lingering question marks over privacy and the monetization of citizens’ data, many cities and governments are skirting around the unmediated adoption of smart city technology.

However, with life in the fast lane stymied the world over – and with the chance to think differently about the use of space around us – the case around smart city technology is as prominent as ever, and some tech giants are pressing on with what they see as “rethinking cities to be for and about people”.

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Article: What is open design?

Design, Open Space

What is open design?

Open design is a means to producing a better product. It means sharing solutions, process and assets and gathering feedback from fellow designers, the design community and nondesigners alike.

Sunlight has a long history as a proponent of open source technology. We use open source technologies to produce our tools, open source the code that we write for others to use and advocate for the same behavior from government. Open design aligns well with our organizational agenda for transparency in government. It also promotes our broader institutional expectation that an open and collaborative process will always produce better results than working in a silo.

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