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.

 Krita: open source digital painting
Krita is a project that makes you wish you had more time to explore your artistic side, similar to that when you watch Blender in action.  In the kickstarter video below you will see a wide variety of amazing art created on this cross platform professional grade open source software, licensed under GNU GPL v2 (please correct me if it is GPL v3).

This is the perfect tool to create free and open source art, allow your peers to modify and possibly even improve on your work for their own project and needs.  Krita has a strong community behind it with plenty of tutorials to get you started, so don’t be afraid to explore your artistic talent.

If free and open source products are going to seriously compete with freedom hating software suites like from Adobe, then we must support them. Remember, if it doesn’t reach the goal, then Krita can’t afford to get Dmitry Kazakov to work on Krita full-time for a whole 6 months.  After watching the following video, go choose the best reward and back this project.

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.