MeU is an innovative, completely open source technology and wearable LED which is a great way to display customized messages. These LED panels are controlled using a smart phone. It is as simple as sending a tweet. You can also program custom content by yourself. MeU can be used to provide company’s message or logo in an attractive way, guide a group your or large hike and the possibilities are endless. It can also be programmed to display your mood.

The team of MeU has nailed down its design and prototype. They want to raise funds to make their first batch of developer kits a reality. The developer kit of MeU includes

  • MeU Square Panel
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Micro USB cable for recharging and programming
  • Hook and loop to attach into clothing (will include regular, tape and/or iron-on for various applications and clothing)
  • MeU Demo Mobile App (iOS and Android only)
  • Instruction documentation

MeU is one of the best ways to broadcast brand messages for marketers and advertisers.

Interested in experimenting this project? Back this project after watching this project.


Having an original Gameboy as child, I know gameplay is what makes a game, not super-duper HD 3D graphics. This new 100% hackable Arduino based handheld console, is the perfect device for any gamer who is interested in getting into programming.  If you think my modifying the game you can increase the game play, well just do it. Maybe you should get more points if you do this, or this character should move faster, etc…

Got a friend? Then buy the multiplayer pack, as these can be connected to each other and players can compete directly.

With free and open culture at the core, a community will certainly grow and games will be hacked, created and shared. Gamebuino is just the being, so support this project on Indiegogo.

Open Effect Guitar Pedal
For all those free culture musicians out their, wouldn’t it be great to release your music under a creative commons licence AND create it using open hardware.

With a arduino at the core, it is completely hackable, so you can add your own analogue effects boards and control them how you want.

Campaign Feedback: IMHO the campaign video doesn’t do this project justice, with being a little raw and too long,. Maybe there is someone out there who “gets” the project and could remix the video to have a greater impact. Remember, free culture is about contributing to the community and it doesn’t have to be just financial. If you have skills to offer and you would like to see this project a success, then get involved and contact the project owner!!!

After watching the video below, please go to Spread Open Effects Project on Indiegogo and support this open hardware campaign.

Open Source Beehive
I am personally very interested in this project. I have been on bee keeping intro courses and this winter I bought my first 2 national standard style hives, that are now waiting to be assembled and populated. Designing an open source hardware cnc’able beehive was high up on my list of projects, as and when I had gained enough bee keeping experience. The Open Source Beehive project is already doing a great job and I look forward to building some of these hives and hopefully contributing back to the community with my experiences and feedback.

The project files will be finally released under a creative commons by attribution licence, in support of free culture. I will definitively be adding these beehives to the BarkEng Mad catalogue of free & open products for local manufacture to the residents of Derbyshire, UK…

An important aspect of this project is their alliance and utilisation of the Smart Citizen Arduino compatible platform, enabling them to collect independent data for scientific research into Colony Collapse Disorder. The Smart Citizen is open source, but it is not 100% clear if it is truly open hardware, “free as in freedom”. If you know either way please email and let us know, because licences do matter.

Watch the video and see what you think… The bee population, respective independent research & open source hardware need your support, so follow this link to the Open Source Beehives Indiegogo page and back the project, even if for only £1 (or $1), although I am sure you can afford more than that… 🙂

Open Source Beehives Crowdfunding Video from Open Tech Collaborative on Vimeo.