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Mockup Example Search Page for Heirloom Tomatoes

OpenFarm is similar to Wikipedia or an open database for farming and gardening knowledge. In OpenFarm anyone can access the information and contribute the content for free. It is a platform to share their ideas, advices and stories. For learners it is the best source to find the relevant content. The growing guides of OpenFarm are well structured stories of growing particular plant with practices and environmental conditions. Right from the preparation, sowing, juvenile to fruiting stages, you can get advices and complete information about plant growing.

OpenFarm is not only for edible plants but also for flowers, mosses, vines, trees and other ornamentals. Hydroponic and aeroponic growing techniques will also be supported in OpenFarm. All the data in OpenFarm will be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

OpenFarm – Learn to Grown Everything. If you are interested then back this project after watching this video.

Affordable Flexible Open 3D Resin Printer
LittleRP is a standardized, affordable, open solution for resin printing. This open 3D resin printer is easy to self source and makerspace friendly.

Affordability, Flexibility and openness are the three fundaments of LittleRP. We have only few inexpensive resin printer options in the market. LittleRP is specially designed to be affordable in acquiring, inexpensive in operating and flexible to fit a variety of needs that encourages 3rd party vat designs, linear motion components and DLP light sources. It is available in a range of colors and is ideal for 50-100micron layer heights.  This is an open hardware project, so you will have the access to every STL, every measurement, every lasercut file, BOM and build documentation. For future modifications or any assistance the team of LittleRP is happy to answer your questions.

The kit includes all the equipment within U.S delivery. Projectors for delivery outside U.S are not included. To assemble the parts there is no need of soldering. The software used to slice STL models and feed them to LittleRP is Slicer/Controller. Autodesk® Meshmixer® is suggested to be used for hollowing, but I believe you can use Slic3r to hollow the objects. For adding extra support structures to the model can be performed by Creation Workshop (is free to download, but it not clear if free and open source) and B9Creator® Layout software.

Are you a fan of 3D printing then you shouldn’t miss this opportunity to back this project. Watch this video before pledging on this campaign.

LittleRP Costs:
Projectorless LittleRP Kit (Worldwide Shipping) – $499
Complete LittleRP Kit (US Only Shipping) – $999
Shipping Paid Separately


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.

Develop your own mini-camera

Does your project need a wifi enabled HD mini camera?  With this free and open source hardware available from Lamobo, it is now easy to create your own camera.

The Lamobo D1 is the smallest open-source development board, with a built-in HD mini camera. On first glance it looks like it just a pin hole camera, but this has the brains to control your project, plus provide decent connectivity. The wifi can either connect to your network, or can provide a access point so your can connect phone, table or laptop out in the field.

The camera records 720p @ 30fps, so will still get some respectable footage. For $89 the D1 Pro comes bundled with a 120, 160 & 210 degree interchangeable lens, perfect for every application. There are a large range of features you need to take a look at, like 20 GPIO’s on the pro version, that includes some PWM output. All these features can be controlled via your program running on freedom loving Linux 🙂

I am sure you will think of way of working one of these boards into your next project…

Go back to this open source hardware project, after you watch the video.