We’ve all got them. Computers, mobiel phones, LCD screens and other electronic gadgets. Their great to us while we use them, but what happens to them when they become obsolete? Well, they go into a process called Urban Mining.
When electronics become obsolete – [Link]
element14 offers PCB Fabrication Service to streamline design cycle through partnership with Pentalogix
Service provides design engineers and enthusiasts with instant quotes on element14’s global community and quick delivery of manufactured boards
LONDON– MAY 9, 2011 – To further support the design process from concept to prototype, element14, the first collaborative engineering community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, today announced a partnership with leading printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer Pentalogix, to offer its PCB Fabrication Service on element14’s electronics community. This cost-effective service, available at www.element14.com/pcbservices further streamlines the design cycle for engineers and electronics enthusiasts, offering instant, customized quotes and fast, high-quality board delivery for prototype PCB implementation.
43Oh has announced that entry to their May 2011 contest is open. This is an opportunity for you to show off what you can do with the MSP430. The winner will be determined based upon poll results of members of the 43Oh.com forum. Check out the 43Oh contest page for full details, rules and prizes.
43Oh project of the month contest - [Link]
InMojo – Make. Share. Live. Open Source Hardware.… [via]
InMojo is a community market, collaboration, and project support site for Open Source Hardware (OSHW) and DIY makers. We built the site to help individual makers with the less-than-fun side of sharing their ideas (manufacturing, licensing, selling, etc.) and leave them to the part they like: designing hardware.
InMojo was launched in the Fall of 2010 by 3 very geeky graduate students who felt that there wasn’t anywhere they and their Open Source Hardware making friends could easily share their products, projects, and hardware ideas.
Open Source Hardware (OSHW) is about being a part of the creation process and having the ability to personalize everything in your world to meet your individual needs. It’s an alternative to mass production, top-down design, and to proprietary products and technology.
By opening the design process we can pool our resources to build more complex projects than we could ever build alone, and it gives makers the information they need to hack and customize at will.
InMojo is here to help everyone who wants to make, share, design, or customize their own products. It for hackers and makers. Innovators and hobbyists. Problem solvers and visionaries. Artists and engineers. Renovators and revolutionaries. (And of course geeky grad students.)
Open Source Hardware is a lifestyle where products are manufactured according to our personal situation and immediate context, reacting to the dynamic situations of our lives and environment.
With Open Source Hardware, you get exactly what you need, because you are part of the design process. You’re no longer just a consumer, you are part of the creation process. No matter whether you assemble a kit, or whether you redesign existing product to match your own needs, you’re supporting the growing community of open source makers.
InMojo’s mission is to promote the user-led innovation and design-on-demand process that is at the core of Open Source Hardware.
Make. Share. Live. Open Source Hardware.
InMojo – Make. Share. Live. Open Source Hardware – [Link]
Through his company Images Scientific Instruments, John Iovine has been designing, making, and selling Geiger counters for nearly 15 years. MAKE’s Paul Spinrad talked with him about the recent run on Geiger counters, how (in)accurate and misleadingly described many of them are, and two new counters he’s designing for MAKE Volume 29: a standalone data-logging model and a steampunk-style counter.
John Iovine: Geiger Counter Sanity Check – [Link]
Have you ever had a broken gadget that you attempted to fix yourself, only to find out that you cannot find a replacement for the broken parts? Since there are several hard to find electronic parts that make up a gadget, finding the exact part is a big hassle. Fortunate, Elcodis makes the job easier for you by providing a comprehensive list of electronic components where you can buy them directly.
By using this site, you can find all components (with datasheets and specifications) that you need in one place. Elcodis has more than 5,000,000 parts database and we are adding daily about 50.000 components from different suppliers.
The electronic components on offer are divided into several categories such as audio products, connectors, capacitors, fans, power supplies, memory cards, and more. But you can just enter keyword of part you need in the search box. The search results will display information about the parts that you are looking for. You can browse part specification, view or download pdf datasheet for this parts and, ofcourse, buy this component.
Elcodis database is so encompassing that the likelihood of you not finding what you need is all but inexistent.
elcodis.com – Electronic components distributor - [Link]
element14 connects electronics community through new Do It Together blogs comprised of industry renowned design and engineering pros
Engineering authorities Dave Young and Charles J. Gervasi are among team of bloggers dedicated to enabling peers to interact, communicate and collaborate
LONDON – April 12, 2011 – element14, the first community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, today unveiled a new community resource, the “Do It Together” blogs, offering up-to-date news, information and personal insight from recognized members of the electronics industry, further uniting the online community and enabling authentic connections.
“Engineering enthusiasts have a lot of passion, thriving on the ability to share information, and element14 is a resourceful community for collaborating and communicating with like-minded individuals,” said Alisha Mowbray, senior vice president of marketing, element14. “The interactive Do It Together blogs allow industry professionals to further connect with fellow peers and enthusiasts to drive the open exchange of ideas. It’s a great way to encourage and challenge one another throughout all the stages of the design cycle.” Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve ever found yourself taking apart various electronics to build something of your own, this Instructable is for you.
Sometimes it might be handy to have more detail on the inner workings of the device. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get the full schematics, interior photos, and other technical detail before you even pick up a screwdriver? Well you may be able to!
Find schematics, wiring diagrams, etc. for everyday electronic devices – [Link]
OSHW Logo Selected! [via]
The results of the public votes for the OSHW logo are in! Almost 9000 people voted, and the community selected “Golden Orb” by Macklin Chaffee as the OSHW Logo v1.0 (submitted on Feb 11th, 2011). Congratulations Golden Orb, thank you all for voting! If you support the OSHW Definition 1.0, you can GO AHEAD and Apply the OSHW Definition and logo to you projects and circuits. Here’s to another great day for Open Hardware!
OSHW Logo Selected! – [Link]
The OpenWorld application design contest for STM32 was launched March 15th 2010 to promote technologies and applications that assist persons with handicaps or limiting medical conditions. The contest is open and accepting entries.
The contest is open to students, hobbyists and professional engineers.
What is it:
An application design contest on STM32 ARM Cortex-M3 to promote solutions/technologies that facilitate life for people with handicaps or limiting medical conditions
- STMicroelectronics’ Press release: http://www.st.com/internet/com/press_release/t3141.jsp
- Contest registration site: http://www.stm32circle.com
- Autonomie project: http://autonomie.minalogic.net/index.en.html
- $20000 in cash prizes
- 15 May 2011 – concept entries to (best entries awarded EvoPrimer tools)
- 14 December 2011 – finished applications due
Anyone – professional engineers, electronics hobbyists, students, … anyone who is interested in electronics and applications that help the handicapped or disabled.
Technologies of interest:
- STM32 ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller
- MEMS (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer)
- RF technologies (GPS, GSM, Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee…)
- Portable, autonomous electronic platforms
- Precision navigation systems
- Augmented reality
- Contest Sponsors: STMicroelectronics, ST-Ericsson, among others
- The contest is a promotion of the Autonomie project – an industry/research consortium researching technologies that assist people with sight impairments.
OpenWorld Design Contest with EvoPrimer for STM32 – [Link]