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[News] Open Hardware: New Examples of the Movement's Adoption

  • Subject: [News] Open Hardware: New Examples of the Movement's Adoption
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 22:26:12 +0100
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The Courage to Screw Up: Why DIY Is Good for You

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| The DIY movement is growing every year, with 
| no signs of slowing down. In May, Make held 
| its fifth annual Maker Faire in San Mateo, 
| California, where 95,000 people came to 
| celebrate the unique rewards of DIY. This 
| year, Maker Faire is also coming to Detroit 
| and New York. I hope you can come and 
| participate in the transformative power of 
| DIY. 


Bumblebee Labâ Launch the Hexaboard OSPG

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| Hexaboard's architecture is Open Source under 
| "Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 
| 3.0" license.


Qbo â The Tiny Open Source Robot Wants to Invigorate Human-Machine Interaction

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| Francisco Paz (aka TheCorpora) has released 
| new information about his open source robot 
| Qbo. The diminutive wheeled bot stands only 
| 456mm (18 inches) tall but is packed with 
| sensors, including two high definition web 
| cameras in its eyes. TheCorpora plans on 
| using Qboâs stereoscopic vision to let it 
| react to people and objects in a realistic 
| manner with face tracking, depth perception, 
| and gesture detection. The robot will also be 
| capable of speech recognition and synthesis. 
| If all goes according to plan, the Qbo could 
| serve as a versatile open source platform, 
| allowing programmers to explore and perfect 
| the ways in which humans and robots interact.


Mark's new book: Made by Hand

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| My new book is out! Made by Hand is about the 
| fun and fulfillment I got from making my own 
| stuff. I wrote about my not-always-successful 
| attempts to do things like raise chickens, 
| keep bees, grow and preserve food and make my 
| own musical instruments. 



Qbo, Based On Linux, To Join Growing Field Of Open Source Robots

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| Slowly but surely, the field of open source
| robotics has expanded, and we've covered
| some of the most promising robot projects
| before. These include the iCub, which runs
| on an open source software platform found
| here, and open source robotics competition
| entries, with participants from all around
| the world. Now, one of the more interesting
| new open source robots is Qbo (shown), a
| Linux-based robot from the folks at
| thecorpora.com.


Open source robot is all eyes

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| A startup called TheCorpora is readying an
| open source Linux robot based on a Mini-ITX
| board with an Intel Atom and an Nvidia Ion
| GPU. The foot-and-a-half tall Qbo lacks arms
| or legs, but is mobile, can be controlled
| via WiFi, and offers stereoscopic face,
| object, and gesture recognition, plus speech
| synthesis and voice recognition.

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