Open Laptop Soon to be Open For Business

How better to work on Open Source projects than to use a Libre computing device? But that’s a hard goal to accomplish. If you’re using a desktop computer, Libre software is easily achievable, though keeping your entire software stack free of closed source binary blobs might require a little extra work. But if you want a laptop, your options are few indeed. Lucky for us, there may be another device in the mix soon, because [Lukas Hartmann] has just about finalized the MNT Reform.

Since we started eagerly watching the Reform a couple years ago the hardware world has kept turning, and the Reform has improved accordingly. The i.MX6 series CPU is looking a little peaky now that it’s approaching end of life, and the device has switched to a considerably more capable – but no less free – i.MX8M paired with 4 GB of DDR4 on a SODIMM-shaped System-On-Module. This particular SOM is notable because the manufacturer freely provides the module schematics, making it easy to upgrade or replace in the future. The screen has been bumped up to a 12.5″ 1080p panel and steps have been taken to make sure it can be driven without blobs in the graphics pipeline.

via Open Laptop Soon to be Open For Business — Hackaday

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Hardware Happy Hour (3H) Berlin on Feb. 20th

If you are near Berlin next Thursday, February 20th, then check out this social gathering of electronics enthusiasts:Screenshot from 2020-02-15 18-03-12

Hardware Happy Hour (3H) Berlin

We will be returning to the Lovelite bar this time.

Please bring your latest project with you! Anything you’re working on, electrical, mechanical or software works! We want to see the stuff that you’re interested in!

Lovelite will open at 6pm and we will officially start at 7pm.

Hardware Happy Hour (3H) Berlin

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020, 7:00 PM

Lovelite
Haasestraße 1 Berlin, DE

20 Hackers Attending

We will be returning to the Lovelite bar this time. Please bring your latest project with you! Anything you’re working on, electrical, mechanical or software works! We want to see the stuff that you’re interested in! Lovelite will open at 6pm and we will officially start at 7pm.

Check out this Meetup →

Follow Drew Fustini (@pdp7) for updates!

 

Hardware Happy Hour (3H) Berlin on Feb. 20th

Build a Cracklebox in Berlin

“Your skin is a circuit”

Build a Cracklebox with Nicolas Collins on Feb. 17th at Common Ground in Berlin:
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Back in December, I visited Nicolas Collins at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and got to see one of the latest creations that he is using in class. The beautiful traces wind their way into the classic LM386 audio amp for an expressive overdriven effect:

Nicolas Collins is well known for having written Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking:

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provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making – as well as creatively cannibalizing – electronic circuits for artistic purposes. With a sense of adventure and no prior knowledge, the reader can subvert the intentions designed into devices such as radios and toys to discover a new sonic world. At a time when computers dominate music production, this book offers a rare glimpse into the core technology of early live electronic music, as well as more recent developments at the hands of emerging artists. In addition to advice on hacking found electronics, the reader learns how to make contact microphones, pickups for electromagnetic fields, oscillators, distortion boxes, and unusual signal processors cheaply and quickly.

 

Build a Cracklebox in Berlin

Hardware Happy Hour Berlin this Friday, Jan. 3rd

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Hardware Happy Hour Berlin will be this Friday, January 3rd, at xHain hackspace
Please bring your latest project with you! Anything you’re working on, electrical, mechanical or software works! We want to see the stuff that you’re interested in!
Please bring your latest project with you! Anything you’re working on, electrical, mechanical or software works! We want to see the stuff that you’re interested in
This is special post-Congress edition of 3H at Berlin hackerspace xHain
Apologies for the short notice. I wanted to schedule something this week for people that are visiting Berlin after Chaos Communication Congress (36c3) in Leipzig last weeken
Hardware Happy Hour Berlin this Friday, Jan. 3rd

Apertus SMT workshop at Maker Faire Berlin

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The Apertus° open source cinema team will be running a Surface Mount Technology (SMT) workshop at Maker Faire Berlin this weekend in their AXIOM booth #121:

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Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Workshop

In the course of attending a lot of fairs and exhibitions, we’ve noticed that our cameras and components attract the attention of people from all walks of life. We’ve found that despite our reassurances, people discovering the world of Open Hardware tend to doubt their capabilities where soldering tiny components by hand is concerned.

 

This is why we hold Surface Mount Technology workshops – so that with a little confidence, the right tools and some initial guidance from members of our team, anyone can have great fun learning to make their own PCBs. The workshops are very popular and we have visitors designing pendants and earrings with colour LEDs and blinking patterns – which always creates a buzzing atmosphere.

 

apertus has shared the boards on OSH Park:

ART Base

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Order from OSH Park

ART Tear

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Order from OSH Park

ART Star

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Order from OSH Park

ART Diamond

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Order from OSH Park

 

Apertus SMT workshop at Maker Faire Berlin