Exciting things are happening for Protei, an amazing open hardware oil spill cleaning Sailing Robot Drone by Cesar Harada, which was funded through Kickstarter. The team in Rotterdam are nearing completion on their prototype build and getting ready for test.
The project is amazing and, from working with Cesar and the team, I know that those involved in this effort are top notch. The technology they are working on will always be open source and available for other uses (one of which I am working with them on - a side project of mine) with no interest in profiting off environmental remediation.
The Papilio FPGA Shield (P/Shield) is the next, evolutionary step for the family of easy to use and Open Source Papilio FPGA boards. The P/Shield builds on the proven Papilio One design and packs in more I/O, speedy SRAM, and the ever popular Arduino footprint. When paired with an Arduino, the ease of the Arduino and the power of an FPGA form a potent combination that allows makers of all skill levels to create things only imagined before. When used without an Arduino, the P/Shield continues the strong Papilio tradition as a beginner friendly FPGA board with unlimited potential for expansion and growth. Finally, users of all skill levels will appreciate the Arduino inspired FPGA community at Papilio.cc. Experts and beginners alike can come together to discover answers to questions, to share tutorials, and to share their work on the Papilio Playground.
For the good of all of us: CERN launches open source hardware effort
Open source software is used extensively by CERN, the particle physics lab behind the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments. In fact, the organization even maintains its very own Linux distribution—based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux—called Scientific Linux CERN. Inspired by the productivity of Linux development, a group of CERN engineers have decided to bring the advantages of the open source software development model to the world of hardware.
CERN has launched a new community-centric effort called the Open Hardware Repository (OHR) with the aim of encouraging collaborative electronics design. CERN has also developed a new license, called the Open Hardware License (OHL), to govern the distribution of open hardware designs.