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Open-Source Arduino Robot Beer Brewery

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| *You may have noticed that I’m something of a skeptic about small-scale urban 
| agriculture interventions. But this one? This is different. ‘Cause it’s beer! 
| Small-scale stills and illicit breweries have a history that is literally as 
| long as the invention of alcohol, tobacco and firearms laws! A 
| revenuer-unfriendly gizmo like this has got proven legs!    


iCub, the Open-Source Robot Child 

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| It takes a village to raise a robot. At least, that's the belief of the 
| creators of iCub, a humanoid robot the size of a 3-1/2-year-old child, who 
| are making its development entirely open-domain.  
| The iCub is the brainchild of a group of European universities led by the 
| Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, who have been charged by the 
| European Commission to develop a functioning humanoid child. They developed a 
| 2-1/2-foot-tall, 70-pound robot child with 53 mechanical joints that allow it 
| to move its head, neck, arms, fingers, eyes and legs. It can also feel with 
| its fingertips, grip with its hands, and listen.     



Take that to the Open Source bank

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| Think open source and you might think many things, but I doubt very much that
| banking will be towards the top of the list or even on the radar for that
| matter. Yet the concept of a hacker bank to fund open source projects is
| exactly what has come out of discussions between a couple of open source
| hardware nuts, Justin Huynh and Matt Stack, who have now started the Open
| Source Hardware Central Bank.
| [...]
| The Open Source Hardware Central Bank has come about due to the difficulties
| of getting traditional lenders, even those who ‘get’ the open source software
| movement to understand how open source can translate to hardware. Matt Stack
| explains it as open source software being made with time whereas hardware
| needs both time and money. According to Matt, while the principles of an open
| source software time economy translate easily to an open source hardware one,
| the same is not true of the OSHW money economy. “Just try to answer any of
| these questions” Matt suggests “who makes money from it, who funds it, why do
| they fund it, and who’s helping to make it sustainable for the community?”


Introducing the Open Source Hardware Central Bank

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| This blog post started with a cross-country driving trip, Zen and the Art of
| Open Source Hardware, and culminated with discussions during and especially
| after Justin's Open Source Economic Council (OSEC?). The list of people I
| interviewed and talked to about this is too long to list individually, so
| instead I'm going to throw credits to everyone who's been kind enough to help
| on a wiki soon.

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