Here is a cool project that is worth trying. Bookmarking for myself to try one of these days.
Was looking into 3d Scanners. Makerbot makes one that is $799 but did not feel like shelling out that much and their approach to open source. The Ciclop is a open source design by a spanish company BQ who also sells a kit by the same name. This kickstarter takes their design and has made it more affordable. This is ofcourse based on the assumption that the backers will be printing their own 3D parts for the scanner.
$99 gives you everything except for 3D printed parts.
Thingiverse had the the 3D printed parts published by BQ.
For anything more than simple tasks on Linux and Unix based systems you frequently have to dip into shell scripting especially if they are repetitive and need careful attention to detail to ensure the commands are executed in right sequence and with right options.
For RPi, every time I have a new project to try or trying new packages, it is essential to create repeatable environments which mainly rely on execution of certain commands. I find that you end up with multiple shell scripts that float around and after a few months you don’t remember why they were created in first place.
Was looking for a solution to organize my shell scripts that are easy to create and can use templates.
Searching ended up with this list compiled by Donnie Berholtz.
Of the list I think rerun is the best. It is easily understandable and creates docs on the fly. Has built-in testing framework that facilitates building of unit tests right from the start. Whats not to like?. Surprised that it does not have more followers.
This post is a great intro on using rerun in a non trivial environment and demonstrates conceptual thinking and workflow behind using the framework.
More info on rerun here >> Source: rerun: Dance your way through standard operating procedure
Here is an idea that I hope catches on. The software Retr3D helps in custom designing a 3D Printer build based on what parts are available. So old and obsolete PCs and Printers or non functional devices can be stripped of parts and repurposed as a whole new functional 3D Printer. I remember seeing some of these printers ar Makerfaire New York last year and always wondered at teh ingenuity and skill that went in designing and repurposing old parts but now even this seems to be simplified using the software to create a custom BOM for a printer. Will be watching closely for further development!
Retr3d creates 3D printer designs based on the materials that you have access to. Retr3d can create printers form mismatch parts gathered from e-waste.
More details after the jump at Wevolver.
Fast on the heels of the new announcements from Raspberry Pi Foundation, Ubuntu announces availability of “Snappy Ubuntu Core” for Raspberry Pi 2. Ubuntu declared their intention of targeting the platform for IoT last month.
Seems exciting times for hobbyist and IoT enthusiasts alike.
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A good guide on setting up a consistent software environment for developing using various languages. The guide is authored by UNC-CH as part of their Tools of the Trade (TotT) meetup organized for students wishing to learn and practice using the current development tool chains.
Tools of the Trade (TotT) is a recurring meet-up for students who want more practice finding, learning, applying, and evaluating tools used in modern software development. The goal is to build experience and confidence in a friendly, fun, collaborative environment.
Full guide linked here.. Tools of the Trade (TotT).
The video below is an excellent introduction to all that the little editor offers.
More info after the jump –> Brackets – A modern, open source code editor that understands web design.
Hilarious expose by Chopmeister as he tries to demystify the 3D printing community attempts to stand out amongst the crowd. Goes into detail on various tactics used by different makers to differentiate themselves and sell their product. He illustrates all the pitfalls a typical uneducated user might encounter. Follow the jump for further reading chopmeister’s 3d printing stuff: Sifting through the features or “The Guide to Not Buying a 3D Printer”.
Referenced in his blog is another article worth reading by Jeremy Francois
Following the success of wildly popular Raspberry Pi many enthusiast platforms have been launched. BeagleBone Black, Intel NUC and Galileo all try to address small form factor with good development ecosystem that can be targeted towards global Maker community. SolidRun has taken a leaf out of Raspberry Pi by lauching their own board that gives you flexibility to swap out processor or even memory if you want to upgrade down the line. They achieve this by introducing their own Micro System on a Module (MicroSOM) which consists of CPU and Memory. They have also addressed some of common demands that necessitate workarounds on Raspberry Pi such as PCIe connectivity, LVDS Display Out, mSATA, IR Receiver. Also adding Powered USB which will eliminate needing to have USB hubs to connect power hungry USB peripherals.
Shipping in three models it promises to be an attractive platform. Hopefully it can leverage lot of code and solutions already existing for RPi.
More details after the jump…
Get ready to fall in love with new HummingBoard – a small and powerful, low-cost ARM computer that ignites the imagination. Whatever your dream, the HummingBoard will help make it happen – the possibilities for creating the next great IoT innovation are truly limitless. The HummingBoard allows you to run many open source operating systems – such as Ubuntu, Debian and Arch – as well as Android and XBMC. With its core technology based on SolidRun’s state-of-the-art Micro System on a Module MicroSOM, it has ready-to-use OS images, and its open hardware comes with full schematics and layout. Best of all, as a Linux single board computer, the HummingBoard is backed by the global digital maker community, which means you can alter the product in any way you like and get full kernel upstreaming support and all the assistance you need.