Article: Farnell shipping expanded range of education kits from DFRobot

Hardware, Open Manufacturing

Farnell shipping expanded range of education kits from DFRobot

Farnell has expanded its range of educational devices from DFRobot. These user-friendly open-source hardware and software tools are intended to inspire future creators by offering an introduction to electronic project design. Farnell now stocks more than 140 products from DFRobot including a series of robotics kits and the popular Boson Starter Kit for micro:bit.

DFRobot’s kits introduce users to robotics and programming by simulating real-world equipment and applications. The Max:Bot is a programmable entry-level DIY robot featuring motors, speakers and sensors that teaches junior students how to build a robot with direct programming and remote control operation.

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Article: How to Make Everything Ourselves: Open Modular Hardware

Hardware, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

How to Make Everything Ourselves: Open Modular Hardware

Reverting to traditional handicrafts is one way to sabotage the throwaway society. In this article, we discuss another possibility: the design of modular consumer products, whose parts and components could be re-used for the design of other products.

Initiatives like OpenStructures, Grid Beam, and Contraptor combine the modularity of systems like LEGO, Meccano and Erector with the collaborative power of digital success stories like Wikipedia, Linux or WordPress.

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