Adafruit submitting OSHW certifications for boards

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Exciting news from the Adafruit team, they have started the Open Source Hardware certification process for a bunch of their boards:

Adafruit submitting OSHW certifications for boards

Adafruit is an Open Source Hardware and Software company. To that end, Adafruit has begun working to submit many of their boards for certification by the Open Source Hardware Association. According to OSHWA:

“The certification program exists to make it easy for creators and users to identify hardware that follows the community definition of open source hardware maintained by OSHWA. Hardware projects that display the certification logo are licensed and documented in a way that makes it easy for users to use and build upon them.”

By registering their boards with OSHWA, Adafruit aims to ensure users that the products they sell are open-source, and easy to learn about.

Here are the boards that have recently been submitted:

CircuitPython Boards

FeatherWings

Keep an eye out for more updates on this process.

Adafruit submitting OSHW certifications for boards

Join two KiCad livestreams TODAY

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At 9:00 AM US PDT today, April 1st, KiCad leader developer Seth Hillbrand will be hosting a KiCad Community meetup video conference on Jisti Meet:

Last week’s meetup was nice to see and talk with other KiCad users. Let’s do it again this week.

This week, I’m happy to answer questions and I’ll be working through designing a KiCad version of the Medtronic OpenVentilator project (http://www.medtronic.com/openventilator 5). You may have heard that Medtronic (a multi-billion $ company) bought the company that cancelled the original gov’t contract 2 for low-cost ventilators in 2015 and then this week released a “kind of” open source version 3 of their current (not low-cost) ventilator.

In reality, they released scans of the schematics and some word documents for bring-up procedures. I’m going to see if we can turn the scans into a set of useful KiCad schematics + board files. This still doesn’t get to what’s needed to actually recreate more of these ventilators but it is a needed first step.

If you are curious about recreating designs from incomplete schematics, reverse engineering in KiCad or just want to hang out and chat, please stop by.

Then at 12:00 PM US PDT, Piotr Esden will livestream KiCad board layout:

Electronics Let’s Play – iCEBreaker-bitsy update/design work Ep. 3

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Join two KiCad livestreams TODAY

Ricmohte: Ricoh digital camera using ESP32

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Morgan created this remote for a Ricoh digital camera using an ESP32s:

Ricmohte

The Ricoh GR II has a remote interface. But like most modern cameras the interface is terrible. It’s a WiFi Access Point that uses a web app. And because most modern phones are terrible, this means you have to juggle between WiFi that doesn’t provide an internet connection and a web app that kinda requires it. The Ricmohte uses the ESP32s WiFi to connect to the camera and issue commands.
Ricmohte: Ricoh digital camera using ESP32

Learn Quantum Computing with virtual Hackaday class

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Join artbyphysicistkitty tomorrow for the start of a weekly virtual class:

Introduction to Quantum Computing

I’m starting a virtual class on Hackaday’s Zoom channel every Sunday:

  • 20:30 CET
  • 14:30 US EDT
  • 11:30 US PDT

We will discuss a new topic for 30 mins every week. The topic will be based on my comics of the week.

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As I’ve been teaching our employees at Microsoft, I’ve built up a series of systematic materials from basic concepts to algorithms to hardware systems, and a tutorial on Q# (Q-sharp) – a domain-specific programming language used for expressing quantum algorithms. Typically we took a few months to go through all the basic concepts. Every class was followed by a few Q# exercises. But it is do-able for a 2-hour workshop, such as the one at Hackaday Supercon.

On November 15, 2019, I gave a workshop on a hands-on introduction to Quantum Computing at Supercon. Here are the slides for everyone.  It might felt like a lot to people who encountered the concepts for the first time. But if they go back to the slides now, they’ll be able to recall and digest at their own pace. The workshop was also on high demand. We didn’t have enough space for more people. So anyone who missed it can take a look at the slides which hopefully can give them directions to study further.

Please feel free to post any questions and discussions in this project page. And any mistakes to correct in the slides. I’ll try to answer them here. Enjoy!

https://twitter.com/KittyArtPhysics/status/1242841934705590274

Learn Quantum Computing with virtual Hackaday class

KiCad and FreeCAD virtual meetup tomorrow (March 28th)

From Anool:

KiCad and FreeCAD virtual meetup tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th

  • 5:00am US Pacific
  • 8:00am US Eastern
  • 5:30pm India
  • 1:00pm CET
  • 8:00pm China
  • 11:00pm Australia

  • This week, I’ll talk about Schematic Library management and @hemalchevli
    will show how to convert STEP model to PCB footprint
  • We’re trying out Jitsi . It works in a Browser without any extensions. On Android Phones (and maybe iPhones), they’ve got an App.
  • VIDEO LINK
    https://meet.jit.si/InfuriatedRhinosEatObnoxiously 1
  • If you’d wish to just watch the livestream, here’s the URL:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=migkWNRE384

  • Want to dial in on phone?
    • Australia: +61.8.7150.1136
      Brazil: +55.21.3500.0112
      France: +33.1.84.88.6478
      Germany: +49.89.380.38719
      Japan: +81.3.4510.2372
      Spain: +34.932.205.409
      UK: +44.121.468.3154
      US: +1.512.402.2718
    • Dial meeting ID: ‘3947374070’ to connect!
KiCad and FreeCAD virtual meetup tomorrow (March 28th)