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How Open Source Hardware Is Driving the 3D-Printing Industry

The potential of 3D printing to transform the way we get things - the market is predicted to hit $3.1 billion in the next four years - gets a lot of press. But not much of that attention has focused on the unique role of open source hardware in enabling 3D printing to realize its promise. Open source software has been a key player in all kinds of disruptive technologies - from the Web to big data. Now the nascent and growing open source hardware movement is helping to power its own disruptive revolution. 

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Vinyl Cutting on Linux: The Real Deal (Libre Graphics World)

Libre Graphics World is running a comparison of Linux applications used to drive cutting machines for vinyl, cardstock, and other materials. "Most cutting devices rely on HPGL printer control language and its versions such as CAMM-HPGL (Roland). So the job is, essentially, to take a vector graphics file and convert...

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The Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) Is Booting Up

For more than a decade, some of the more interesting work in the field of robotics has been driven by open source efforts. Open source robotics platforms have flourished, but they've also been fragmented, with software and hardware designs produced all around the world that have little to do with each other. That's why it's so promising that the folks behind Willow Garage--a robotics project that originated at Stanford University--have announced the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF). We covered the initial details surrounding the foundation here, and now more information is beginning to appear at the OSRF site. At least 25 institutions are developing robotics applications on Willow Garage's own open robotics platform, but Willow garage announced the launch of the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) to help foster all kinds of robotics work. According to the OSRF announcement: "The OSRF is an independent, non-profit organization founded by members of the global...

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MK802 Micro-PC Runs Android 4.0 and Linux for $74

The computer is the size of a USB stick and features a 1.5GHz Cortex A8 processor with 512MB of RAM and a MALI400 GPU. It can decode 1080p video via its HDMI output and has two USB connectors...

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Intel Advances Solid State Storage

Third generation of Intel SSDs debut with larger capacities and better performance.

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