Article: EmotiBit open source wearable biometric sensor

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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: Eyecam open-source webcam will make you feel spied on

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Eyecam open-source webcam will make you feel spied on

Most people will use webcams connected to a computer or integrated into a laptop without thinking about the possibility of being spied on, but Eyecam will certainly raise awareness and make you feel like somebody is truly watching. The open-source webcam is shaped like a human eye and acts like one thanks to a Raspberry Pi camera and an Arduino board controlling six servos for eyeball, eyelids, and eyebrows movements.

The project was conducted at Saarland University in Germany, and Eyecam looks amazingly realistic – and creepy – with the eyeball and eyelids moving, especially when face tracking is enabled, and expressions are possible with servos controlling the eyebrows.

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Article: Open Source Electric Vehicle Charging

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Open Source Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more common on the road, but when they’re parked in the driveway or garage there are still some kinks to work out when getting them charged up.

Sure, there are plenty of charging stations on the market, but they all have different features, capabilities, and even ports, so to really make sure that full control is maintained over charging a car’s batteries it might be necessary to reach into the parts bin and pull out a trusty Arduino.

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Article: DFRobot Open-Source Hardware Gravity Series Unleashes the Creativity for More Than 1 Million Developers Now

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DFRobot Open-Source Hardware Gravity Series Unleashes the Creativity for More Than 1 Million Developers Now

DFRobot Gravity series is a set of professional open-source hardware modules. It consists of 300 kinds of standardized modules, including expansion boards, sensors, actuators, functional modules, and kits as well as each module comes with clear documentation and demo.

With a variety of standardized modules, DFRobot is devoted to helping users of any skill level to easily connect and mix to realize ideas or develop projects. Till now, the Gravity series has been used by more than 1 million developers worldwide and used in a broad range of applications, like AI, environmental monitoring, IoT, smart homes, etc.

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Article: Open Source Hardware will revolutionize the way we learn Electronics

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Open Source Hardware will revolutionize the way we learn Electronics

At CircuitsToday, our vision is to freely distribute electronics knowledge. Now that means, we want any one with an interest in electronics to learn as much as he would like. We make this easy by giving away free content in the form of practical circuits and theoretical explanation. In a way we can be called as an “open source” but not exactly! We have not associated this website with any open source movement so far.

For all these years we were focused on developing analog circuits and theory of basic electronics concepts and we are not done yet! We will still continue our expedition in the analog world but at the same time we are looking forward. We see things are changing!

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Article: Arduinos, 3D printing, and more at Red Hat open hardware day

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Arduinos, 3D printing, and more at Red Hat open hardware day

The Opensource.com team gathered in one of the large conference rooms at Red Hat tower in Raleigh on March 21 to make an open hardware day of it.

We ordered some delicious burritos and discussed how the next few hours would unfold. We decided we’d load up Arduino software on my laptop, switch on the ginormous monitor in the front of the room, and see if we could make some blinky lights happen—maybe even make an LED display come to life with something like: “Opensource.com for the win.” After we ate as much queso dip as possible, we opened up our newly purchased Starter Kit for Redboard and got to work.

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Article: Open source vehicles get a green light with Tabby

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Open source vehicles get a green light with Tabby

Open hardware is gaining speed. The appetite for open source vehicles is growing. And while we may not have flying cars yet, we do have Tabby—an open source car design released by Open Source Vehicle this October.

Want to swap out an internal combustible engine for an eco-friendly electric? Tabby can do that. And, this open source vehicle is not just for makers—it’s production ready. Tabby will be rolling off the assembly line in early 2014. Will you see Tabby cruising your streets?

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Article: Open source hardware meets the p2p economy

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Open source hardware meets the p2p economy

We are at this particular moment in history when we can say with certainty that open source hardware (OSHW) is economically viable. The video below tells the success story of Adafruit Industries. Barely formed, this business model relying on OSHW might already be obsolete. A new model, the open value network, is already threatening to transform the landscape of the open source economy. This article explains why.

Most people find it counter-intuitive that companies that sell high tech open source products can survive in a highly competitive capitalistic environment, giving away their recipes, AND allowing (even encouraging) everyone else to copy them, WITH THE RIGHT TO MAKE COMMERCIAL USE. If you don’t believe that this is possible stop wasting your time arguing against it. It is real, it is here, you better understand it fast before the world becomes a strange place for you.

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