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Just a quick post, as wanted to get this free and open source hardware and software project out there, before it closes.

One comment though… I would have liked to have seen this with an ethernet connector on the back of it, to help reduce the RF radiation we all bath in. This is more important now I have a newborn.

Watch the video, and follow this link to back the project…

The engineers and innovators of Microduino Studio released a new gamepad in respect of the Nintendo Gameboy’s 25the anniversary. The company had launched the popular Microduino Arduino compatible development board last year which has successfully backed over Kickstarter crowd funding website. Now they have come up with new Microduino-Joypad in the form of an open source game console.

The team behind the creation of Microduino explains that the new open source game console is equipped with Microduino TFT Jack, OLED Jack, Panel Jack and Microduino UPin-27 Jack and more. The device is compatible with over 30 Microduino modules. It is also a remote control device, making it more creative and functional. Microduino-Joypad can remotely control plenty of toys and devices such as quadcopters, TV games, BOXZ Mini Robot, PC Game Collection and others.

The best part with Microduino-Joypad is that players can develop their own games according to their preferences. Now Microduino Studio is seeking further funding to secure their supply chain. Want to back this project? Watch this video before pledging this campaign.

USB Rechargeable Soldering Iron
Melts Lead-Free Solder! Lasts hours and recharges from a USB port! Open Source Hardware, lightweight, fast, cordless, easy-to-use!

First found on Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/Solderdoodle-Open-Source-USB-Rechargeable-Solderin/

Solderdoodle is a nifty tool with a rechargeable battery and open source hardware. It is portable, cordless and lightweight. It has heats up to 700ºF in just few seconds. It can be recharged from a USB Port. As it is portable, you can take it anywhere and charge it with one of these: Laptop, USB Battery, Wall Adapter, USB solar charger.

Below is the temperature control of the Solderdoodle, which lasts more than 2 hours.
Solderdoodle Temperaure Control

Though you like your premium soldering iron, Solderdoodle Pro is a great one for quick jobs. It uses a high power charge controller from Maxim and battery that is used I Tesla electric car. The soldering iron tip can be replaced using off-the-shelf components.

Interested in working with this?? Back to the project, after watching this video

Solderdoodle Pro costs:
$49 in USA.
$68 ($49 + $19 Shipping) in UK approximately.

Apeiros-Open-Source-Robot

Apeiros is a programmable robot which promotes learning and education. It can be used as a tool for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Abraham L. Howell has designed Aperios using 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. It is developed based on UNO32 development board, so that additional shields can be developed and used to meet various application requirements. The motor and shield are designed around the Nucleo F401RE development board. Apeiors is also available in injection molded plastic body, which on production is more cost effective than 3d printing.

With respect to hardware and software it is completely open source, so you can examine, modify the source code along with electrical design files for motor and sensor shield. As it is a low-cost and open source robot, it can be leveraged by hobbyists, researchers, educators and students.

Update from the Project Leader: “Planned to release Apeiros robot’s hardware as open source under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. All of the software that developed for Apeiros will be released under General Public License (GPL) Version3, so end-users with the freedom can modify and extend Apeiros in new and exciting ways…”

Interested in working with these robots then back this project, after watching this video.