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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

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.

mBuino, a programmable mbed keychain

If you are a geek at heart, then this key ring/chain that could be easily modified into a badge or pendant, could show off your true colours, literally.  GHI Electronics has created this hackable circuit revolves around the ARM® Cortex™ 50Mhz processor that includes UART, SPI, I2C, analogue inputs and PWM… All of which can be programmed using the mbed™ online compiler IDE via a web browser and USB cable.

When originally finding this open source project on Kickstarter, although it stated it was an open source project and they would be releasing the EAGLE design files, it wasn’t clear if they would be released with an appropriate free culture license. After quizzing the project lead Gus Issa, he kindly and promptly responded that is will be releasing them under a CC-BY-SA license :).  Gus has since update the Kickstarter project page and hopefully also get the chance to add the Open Source Hardware Logo to the page.

The keyring is programmed via mBed and from my understanding mBed is not a fully free and open platform, although does have an open source SDK released under a MIT license. Despite this, the mBuino itself is open source and with it being under a “Share Alike” licence any derivatives will be also. So good luck to Gus and go get one, especially as they are only $9 if you live in the US.