on 2012-03-12 22:07
Open Source Ecology
accelerating the growth of the next economy - the Open Source
- an economy that optimizes both production and distribution -
while promoting environmental regeneration and social justice. They
are building the Global Village Construction
. This is a high-performance, modular,
do-it-yourself, low-cost platform - that allows for the easy
fabrication of the 50 different industrial
machines that it takes - to build a small, sustainable civilization
with modern comforts.
Needless to say we are big fans ...
on 2012-03-12 20:23
By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages
totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise
closed systems—enabling radically hybrid constructive play,
the creation of previously impossible designs, and
ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As
with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free
Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary
protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or
unmeetable—by corporate interests.
on 2012-03-12 08:46
is a green automotive-development company that builds
cars utilizing agile methodology and has prototyped a
mass-manufacturable, ultra-low-cost, 100-mpg commuter car.
WIKISPEED is an all-volunteer distributed agile/scrum team: members
contribute their work from various locations globally and
iteratively enhance the vehicle every two weeks. This model allows
extremely high-speed development, especially when paired with
rapid-prototyping manufacturing tools.
The open-hardware movement got a tremendous boost today when
WIKISPEED and Open Source Ecology (OSE
), a group committed to
providing free plans and processes necessary for building the
global economy, announced that they are teaming up to revolutionize
transportation in the developing world.
Taking on traditional, proprietary manufacturing R & D, the two
companies aim to create an open-source product-development
methodology that would allow communities around the world to
quickly develop their own machinery and processes to support
themselves, removing a dependency on industrialized nations for
Truly amazing project ...
on 2012-03-08 14:48
is an opensource
library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets
forprototyping, learning and fun.
on 2012-01-12 16:20
Giffi, GIft For Future Inventors let children build their own
robots or kinetic sculptures.
It consists of moving parts and support parts.
There are currently three types of moving parts: rotating, linear
actuating and sweeping. Each part has its own microcontroller
inside, by simply assembling and plugging them in to power with a
battery box or
wall plug box, children can quickly build a moving object. There
are also many passive parts that enable them to design different
on 2011-02-12 17:15
Even LEGO is becoming an open
People are designing the LEGO blocs they always
dreamt of but that where never built. LEGO is making the
transition, whether they like it or not, from a closed,
hierarchical system towards an open, horizontal system.
small toy company specializing in custom designed LEGO®
compatible weapons and custom minifigs.
on 2010-02-17 16:10
A series of 'hardware hacks' that
crossed my path.
A lot of these hacks were found at thereifixedit.com.
"Anytime anyone anywhere has used duct tape, zip-ties and bubble
gum to hold something together with just enough tensile strength to
not instantly kill everyone in the room…that’s a
kludge. Whether it was to get your first car, which was older than
you, to last another month or simply to avoid having to buy new
headphones, almost everyone has kludged something. We just
encourage taking photos for e-fame."
What all of these hacks have in common is that each of them tells a
kind of personal story, they all add a human layer to the
mass-produced, as if you can almost hear the cursing or laughter of
the people who performed the hacks.
Customizing by adapting one or more
Customizing by transforming the function of the object
replacing one or more components.
on 2010-01-08 16:33
User City in a Voter World – Ernsten, Christian and
Joost Janmaat — Volume magazine #16
'A future as messy as the present' .. great
scentence, we always imagine the future as a kind of slick 3D
rendered version of the present, but in reality we observe an
accumulation of layered diversity and complexity.