Open Hardware

Open Hardware

From the garage lab to massive server farms, open hardware is driving our future

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Location: E147
Bill Richardson (Google, Inc), Stefan Reinauer (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.57, 7 ratings)
Coreboot is a GPL'ed BIOS that is now available in Chromebooks. In this tutorial, we'll teach you how to tear into a chromebook and rebuild it from the firmware up to a login prompt. Not for the faint-hearted but you *will* learn a lot! Read more.
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Location: E145/146
Alasdair Allan (The Thing System, Inc.), Kipp Bradford (The Kippworks)
Average rating: **...
(2.88, 16 ratings)
This hands-on workshop will walk you through building a simple distributed sensor network. Using an Arduino board, off-the-shelf sensors, and XBee radios, we'll show you how to put together an individual sensor platform (commonly known as a "mote") and how to network more than one of these platforms together to build a small scale distributed network. Read more.
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Location: E145/146
Philip Lindsay (rancidbacon.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.45, 20 ratings)
Have you always wanted to create hardware devices to interact with the real world? When you attend this workshop you will: set up an Arduino board and software; learn how the Arduino fits into the field of physical computing; and make your Arduino respond to button presses and blink lights. Hardware is fun! Note: Cost of the kit (USD $57) is included in the registration price for this tutorial. Read more.
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Location: D135
Johnny Diggz (Geeks Without Bounds)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 6 ratings)
Overview of the open source tools and techniques employed by the Papa Legba camp in 2012 in Black Rock City, Nevada to build an ad-hoc private GSM cellular network and a preview of this year's plans. Read more.
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Location: Portland 251
Matt Biddulph (Product Club)
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 13 ratings)
Learn how to build a fully functional GSM phone capable of voice, SMS and data. All you'll need is a SIM card, an Arduino, a few cheap hardware components and a soldering iron. We'll talk about writing a realtime state-machine to act as an operating system, and how to embed this GSM functionality in your own non-phone hardware devices. Read more.
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Location: D135
Edward Snajder (Jive Software)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
RepRap 3D printing is the concept of making printers that are made from printed parts. I’ll show off my Open Source Huxley model, built from a kit, and discuss the joy and tears associated with building a printer from parts. We'll discuss the hardware, software, where things are now and how bright the future is for 3D printing. Read more.
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Location: D135
Ruth Suehle (Red Hat), Tom "spot" Callaway (Red Hat)
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 17 ratings)
Tom Callaway and Ruth Suehle, authors of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, expected spring 2013) will share hints and tips for hackers ready to bring their ideas to life with the Raspberry Pi, They'll cover the important basics of doing tricks with your Pi and go on to talk about a few fun projects, from game emulators to cameras in the sky. Read more.
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Location: D135
Jesse Vincent (keyboard.io)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 9 ratings)
Come learn how to design your own keyboard. We'll talk about everything from open source microcontroller firmware options to the basics of fabrication and soldering. You'll walk away from this talk with everything you need to know to build a keyboard from scratch -- even if you've never touched a soldering iron. Read more.
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Location: D135
Federico Lucifredi (Canonical | Ubuntu)
Average rating: **...
(2.64, 11 ratings)
A quick intro to embedded Linux development and a survey of the capabilities and limits of the most interesting hardware available for experimenting by hardware hackers, and the skills needed to make effective use of it. Ranging from Plug Computers to bare development boards, miniaturized systems and rooted hard drives, the ever-growing bestiary of ARM devices at our disposal for projects is fun! Read more.
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Location: D135
Eric Miller (Squishymedia)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
What's better than an office kegerator? An office kegerator that pumps out real-time data that we can use to test new technologies, learn new techniques, and build our skills creating complex distributed systems and real-time information dashboards. We'll talk to OSCON attendees about the system and how we've used it internally as a learning and testing tool. Read more.
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Location: D135
Federico Lucifredi (Canonical | Ubuntu)
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 10 ratings)
This session aims to give you the tools to import the real world into the programming scope of your trusty $30 microcontroller, by covering the technology fundamentals and integration essentials of a wide variety of sensors, as well as providing a few alternative power schemes, some actuator examples and even mobility options to increase the variety of your design arsenal. Read more.
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Location: D135
Jonathan Oxer (Freetronics)
Average rating: ****.
(4.62, 8 ratings)
The ArduSat project will launch two Open Source cubesats into orbit in 2013, carrying a payload combining an extensive sensor suite and cameras with a multi-node processor platform based on Arduino. Hobbyists and students will be able to design experiments using regular Arduino hardware, ready to be uploaded and executed on the satellite. Learn about the satellite and how it works. Read more.
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Location: D135
Christopher Clark (SparkFun Electronics Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Releasing the source is only half the battle. Collaborating with the community to improve it is what can set an open source project apart. This session details the challenges faced by SparkFun Electronics as it pumped an entire catalog of open hardware projects into GitHub and began collaborating with the community to fix bugs, add features, and advance the technology. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Jeff Payne (OpenCar, Inc.), Sam Skjonsberg (OpenCar, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.17, 6 ratings)
We'll cover OS development for a new market: automotive apps. In-car apps are poised to explode for open source developers. The market is transforming from an inefficient, proprietary model to an HTML5-based “app store” model. To enter and participate in this new target category, developers need access to automakers, automotive systems, and knowledge of industry standards and platforms. Read more.
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Location: D135
Dana Moser (Massachusetts College of Art and Design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
Digital Media educator Dana Moser will take you through a number of popular options for open source software-based interactions with the Arduino microcontroller and the Raspberry Pi. Includes Processing and PureData (Pd) programming environments for multimedia development. Read more.
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Location: D135
Andrew Cencini (Bennington College), Steven White (Nebula)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
The OpenCompute Hardware Hackathon was designed to bring together electrical, mechanical and software engineers in order to design a novel, low-cost hardware contribution to the OpenComptue project. In this talk, we discuss our team's winning submission, as well as the ideas, people, tools and process that went into the hack. Read more.
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Location: D135
Rupa Dachere (CodeChix)
Average rating: ****.
(4.22, 9 ratings)
Have you ever found yourself obsessively checking UPS or FedEx tracking site to see if your package finally got delivered at your doorstep? Or wondered when your contractor/gardener showed up to do their job? Come join me to learn how to build your own gadget to notify you when your package or contractor shows up at your doorstep! Read more.

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