Open hardware, open thread

2009 November 11
by Leigh Honeywell

I was interviewed about open source hardware on Amber Mac‘s WebNation last week, and wanted to share the video.  Sadly I can’t embed it, but here it is:

http://www.discoverychannel.ca/Showpage.aspx?sid=20743

I’d love to hear what kinda of awesome hardware projects other folks are working on in the comments here… or as with other open threads, anything else that’s on your mind.

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Leigh is a student, hacker, and organizer of communities both online and offline. She blogs, dents and tweets.


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17 Responses
  1. Skud permalink*
    November 11, 2009

    I have a sore throat, but I’m not sure if that means I’m coming down with something, or just dehydrated, or what. Working from home is a no-brainer in any case, but what I’m really trying to figure out is whether I should go to the gym. *sigh*

  2. Christine permalink
    November 11, 2009

    Leigh, I thought you did a great job in that video. That is a really exciting project and I wish they had shown more of the video they took. You made me want to get back into hardware hacking. I just have to learn electronics again.

    • Leigh Honeywell permalink*
      November 12, 2009

      Hey Christine,

      Thanks for the comment :) I’m currently putting together a bunch of hardware hacking resources for a future blog post, but a great place to start is follower’s electronics reference page.

      Happy hacking!

      • Christine permalink
        November 12, 2009

        Leigh,

        Thank you so much for that link! I am reading everything there and thinking about all of the parts I have around here. I have a couple of simple books here somewhere I think that I need to study before I begin, but I am definitely feeling inspired. I just don’t want to mistake a diode for a resistor or something and make a mess. (grins)

  3. koipond permalink
    November 12, 2009

    All I know, is that i needs to get more sleep.

    I wish I could add something to a hacking physical stuff but me and tools aren’t always the best combination.

  4. Brinstar permalink
    November 12, 2009

    Hiya. I’d like to contact one (or all) of the contributors about something, and I am leaving a comment here with a valid email address per the instructions on the About page. Thanks! :)

  5. Rick permalink
    November 13, 2009

    I’ve actually been kinda inspired by all the open hardware stuff I’ve seen in the past few weeks — so much so that when the sound went out in my headphones the other day, I said to myself, “Yannow — I’m sick and tired of paying for new earbuds every couple of months. I’m gonna fix these damn things.”

    I know, I know. Baby steps. =)

    • koipond permalink
      November 15, 2009

      For me, it’s much more of the running while hair is on fire.

  6. November 14, 2009

    Leigh, you made me – famed walking hardware and technology jinx – want to get into hardware hacking.

    Now I *really* want to check out hacklab next time I’m in town.

    • November 14, 2009

      Wait.

      I just realized that that could read as a threat to come by and jinx all your hardware.

      That is not my intention. ^_^

      • Leigh Honeywell permalink*
        November 16, 2009

        Don’t worry, many of the things at the lab don’t work :)

    • Terri permalink*
      November 17, 2009

      Ooh, if you’re jinx-free, maybe I should come visit too. I’m gonna be in the big smoke at the end of the month!

      • koipond permalink
        November 18, 2009

        I still need to show up and check it out. It’s hard to do working this overnights thing.

  7. Asad permalink
    November 15, 2009

    Is anyone here possessed of this weird feeling that the world is ending? At least on occasion?

  8. Melinda permalink
    November 18, 2009

    More stupids, here: http://akai.no/en/gnarl/?p=241&cpage=1

  9. Alkali permalink
    November 23, 2009

    Just wanted to point out something that upset me recently…
    Sparkfun (who I buy a lot of stuff from, and generally seems pretty inclusive) has made a small offhand comment about buying stuff for “child/hacker/husband/friend”. Apparently wives don’t need or want sparkfun stuff.

    http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/news.php?id=308

    • Leigh Honeywell permalink*
      November 23, 2009

      I poked them on twitter about that :) They do seem to “get it right” elsewhere, like on the linked wishlist where they refer to a theoretical niece.

      -Leigh

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