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:
Keep an eye out for more updates on this process.
I attended the 36th Chaos Communication Congress (36c3) during the last
week of 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. It was an amazing event and Hackaday has good coverage. All the talks are available online including my talk:
Linux on Open Source Hardware with Open Source chip design
Want to run Linux on open hardware? This talk will explore Open Source Hardware projects capable of that task, and explore how RISC-V and free software FPGA projects can be leveraged to create libre systems.
The video is also available on YouTube:
My slides are on SlideShare:
The slides are also available as a PDF on GitHub.
Compared to software, the open source approach is relatively new to most actors in the field of (mechanical) hardware.
Plus Open Source Hardware faces some special issues. A yet missing definition of its “source code” is one of them (+ patent law, liability, engineers that do not know how to work with git, costly prototyping…)
DIN SPEC 3105 will be/is the first official standard for Open Source Hardware and also the first official standard ever published under a free license (CC-BY-SA 4.0; that was a lot of lobby work 😉 ). It defines the technology-specific “source” of Open Source Hardware and aims to build a bridge between research institutes, public authority, industry and the worldwide open source community.
Here is a PDF of the slides: OSH Standardisation-36c3
To look into the standards themselves:
Additional information is hosted on GitLab:
Technology-specific Documentation Criteria (TsDC) specify the requirements for the technical documentation of Open Source Hardware (OSH). A TsDC is created (yet manually) by OSH projects/developers and is a subset of the TsDC database (TsDC-DB) provided in this repository. The concept of a TsDC was initially mentioned in DIN SPEC 3105-1 (since v0.3) and probably will be mainly used in this context.
Learn more about Open Source Ecology Germany on their website:
Enable a sustainable way of life and the emergence of an open source economy through self-created and freely available means of production .
Join Hackaday on Wednesday, October 23 at 12:00PM US Pacific time for the Open Hardware Month Hack Chat with Michael Weinberg!
It seems like everything and everyone has a special day set aside on the calendar. You know the drill – aheadline declaring it National Grilled Cheese Day (sorry, you missed it – April 12) or National Bundt Pan Day (not even kidding, November 15). It seems only fair with all these silly recognition days floating around that we in the hacking community should have a day of our own, too, or even a whole month. That’s why the Open Source Hardware Association declared the entire month of October to be Open Hardware Month.
Open hardware is all about accessible, collaborative processes that let everyone see and understand the hardware they’re using. The technological underpinnings of our lives are increasingly hidden from us, locked away as corporate secrets. Open hardware tries to turn that on its head and open up devices to everyone, giving them the freedom to not only use their devices but to truly understand what’s happening in them, and perhaps repair, extend, and even modify them to do something new and useful. Celebrating that and getting the message out to the general public is certainly something worth doing.
Michael Weinberg is a board member at OSHWA, and he’ll be joining the Hack Chat on October 23 (National Boston Cream Pie Day) to discuss Open Hardware Month and open-source hardware in general. We’ll learn about some of the events planned for Open Hardware Month, how open hardware is perceived beyond the hacker community, and what’s on tap for the 10th anniversary Open Hardware Summit in 2020.
Our Hack Chats are live community events in the Hackaday.io Hack Chat group messaging. This week we’ll be sitting down on Wednesday, October 23 at 12:00 PM Pacific time. If time zones have got you down, we have a handy time zone converter.
Click that speech bubble to the right, and you’ll be taken directly to the Hack Chat group on Hackaday.io. You don’t have to wait until Wednesday; join whenever you want and you can see what the community is talking about.
The annual Open Hardware Summit took place on September 27th at MIT, and all the exciting and insightful presentation were live streamed to YouTube!
The live stream is broken into morning session and afternoon session.
||Opening Remarks: Michael Weinberg, OSHWA President
||Eric Von Hippel: Economics of Open Hardware
||Surya Mattu: Approaching adversarial research
||Oluwatobi Oyinlola: Hyperloop: The rLoop Journey
||Sara Chipps: C++ API for Kids
||Robin Getz: Open Source Software Defined Radio
||Evan Raskob: Livecoding 3D printing: experiments in live computational sculpting
||Adam Benzion: How to build a huge open source community (without being a total sellout).
Mario Gómez : Building Resilience With Public Institutions and Open Hardware
||Neil Gershenfeld: How To Make (almost) Anything
||Joseph Apuzzo: MicroPython on ESP32 and LoBo
||Jodi Clark: OpenCosplay, Teaching the Next Generation
||SURPRISE SPEAKER YA’ALL
||Tarek Loubani: Gaza tourniquet: Making lifesaving medical devices under fire
||Stephanie Valencia: Creating a more accessible future with OSH
|| Amitabh Shrivastava: Programmable-Air
||Ted Hayes: How to Put A Neural Network on an Arduino and Why
||Closing Remarks: Alicia Gibb, OSHWA Director
If you enjoyed these talks, please consider joining the Open Source Hardware Association (OSWHA)!
And follow Open Hardware Summit on Twitter for update on 2019 – we’ll be in China!