Monthly Archives: May 2011

Goes to Canterbury! (Collaboration, building communities, surface mount adventures)

via OSHUG

For our 11th meeting, we are visiting the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent. Trains run regularly to and from central London and take approximately an hour. For anyone wishing to stay overnight please see the list of accommodation.

Open Source Hardware Collaboration

An assessment of the current state of the art in hardware collaboration through a tour of a series of Open Source Hardware projects. How easy is it to discover projects, view and understand their designs, build your own version and contribute changes back?

Paul Downey (psd) is a doodling software hacker, former member of Osmosoft — a small Open Source software team where he represented BT at the W3C, a co-organiser of OSHUG and a co-founder of SolderPad, a collaboration platform for electronic design.

Building open, communicating communities

The hardware engineering community is typically seen as fragmented, closed and conservative, shackled by the dependency on restrictive closed-source tools. Thankfully, we are now at a time where this is changing. In this talk, Saar Drimer will discuss his efforts to bring the FPGA community together so we can reach the level of sharing and project integration that the open source software community currently enjoys. The end goal is to reach a state where projects are integrated in a similar way to what Linux's package mangers enable: "sudo apt-get ddr2-controller". [Background reading].

Saar Drimer is an experienced hardware engineer. In the past he's hacked the UK's Chip and PIN payment system, and advocated reproducible research practices in the engineering sciences. Now he's working on boldport, an "IndieEDA" company that aims to make HW/FPGA easier.

Adventures in working with surface mount devices

An ambitious open source hardware project--Amino--recently called for Alan Wood to uplift his home lab to support prototyping, testing and basic production using surface mount devices. Alan will be sharing with us some of the things he has learnt, and giving us a run through what you might require in order to tackle working with surface mount devices yourself. Rather than using expensive off-the-shelf tooling, Alan will be covering a number of affordable approaches that make this possible without breaking the bank.

Alan Wood originally trained in systems engineering, got lost in software engineering and open source for a decade, before returning back to his hardware roots via the open source hardware and makers movement that has gathered momentum over the last few years.

Note: Please aim to arrive for 18:00 - 18:20 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt. Parking is available at the Jennison Building, however, please ensure that you are parked within a bay.

Goes to Canterbury! (Collaboration, building communities, surface mount adventures)

via OSHUG

For our 11th meeting, we are visiting the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent. Trains run regularly to and from central London and take approximately an hour. For anyone wishing to stay overnight please see the list of accommodation.

Open Source Hardware Collaboration

An assessment of the current state of the art in hardware collaboration through a tour of a series of Open Source Hardware projects. How easy is it to discover projects, view and understand their designs, build your own version and contribute changes back?

Paul Downey (psd) is a doodling software hacker, former member of Osmosoft — a small Open Source software team where he represented BT at the W3C, a co-organiser of OSHUG and a co-founder of SolderPad, a collaboration platform for electronic design.

Building open, communicating communities

The hardware engineering community is typically seen as fragmented, closed and conservative, shackled by the dependency on restrictive closed-source tools. Thankfully, we are now at a time where this is changing. In this talk, Saar Drimer will discuss his efforts to bring the FPGA community together so we can reach the level of sharing and project integration that the open source software community currently enjoys. The end goal is to reach a state where projects are integrated in a similar way to what Linux's package mangers enable: "sudo apt-get ddr2-controller". [Background reading].

Saar Drimer is an experienced hardware engineer. In the past he's hacked the UK's Chip and PIN payment system, and advocated reproducible research practices in the engineering sciences. Now he's working on boldport, an "IndieEDA" company that aims to make HW/FPGA easier.

Adventures in working with surface mount devices

An ambitious open source hardware project--Amino--recently called for Alan Wood to uplift his home lab to support prototyping, testing and basic production using surface mount devices. Alan will be sharing with us some of the things he has learnt, and giving us a run through what you might require in order to tackle working with surface mount devices yourself. Rather than using expensive off-the-shelf tooling, Alan will be covering a number of affordable approaches that make this possible without breaking the bank.

Alan Wood originally trained in systems engineering, got lost in software engineering and open source for a decade, before returning back to his hardware roots via the open source hardware and makers movement that has gathered momentum over the last few years.

Note: Please aim to arrive for 18:00 - 18:20 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt. Parking is available at the Jennison Building, however, please ensure that you are parked within a bay.

Invitation Book Launch Open Design Now – DMY Berlin – Thu 2 June 2011

via Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance blogs

Open Design Now; Why Design Cannot Remain Exclusive will be launched internationally during DMY International Design Festival Berlin, on the 2nd of June.

Host is Marcus Fairs, one of the most influential and knowledgeable figures on the international architecture and design scene. He is founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen.com and author of the books Twenty-First Century Design and Green Design. Fairs will give his view on open design and discuss the implications and the meaning of open design with authors and editors of the book:

Ronen Kadushin (designer), Michelle Thorne (Mozilla), Tommi Laitio (Domus), Marleen Stikker (Waag Society), Jürgen Neumann (Ohanda), Gabrielle Kennedy (Design.nl), Bas van Abel (Waag Society), Roel Klaassen (Premsela), Lucas Evers (Creative Commons) and Hendrik-Jan Grievink (designer of the book)

You can join the book launch of Open Design Now at Berlin’s new creative hub, Planet Modulor. Of course drinks and music will be open source too!

Open Design Now is the result of a collaboration between Creative Commons Netherlands, Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, and Waag Society, Institute for Art, Science & Technology.

When
Thursday 2 June
17.00 – 19.30 hr
Doors open at 16.30 hr

Where
Planet Modulor
Moritzplatz 1
Kreuzberg, Berlin
http://www.planetmodulor.de/blog/?cat=91

More info
http://opendesignnow.org

Contact
Aart Helder, Project Manager: helder{at}premsela{dot}org
Special Offer!
Order Open Design Now for only € 24,95 (including shipping in The Netherlands) before 1 July 2011:www.bispublishers.nl/opendesignnow/aanbieding. Of course the book will be for sale at the book launch too.