Serial entrepreneur Andrew “Bunnie” Huang believes that consumer product companies should make their hardware designs publicly available so that anyone can study and modify them. He’s done this at multiple startups (Chumby, Novena, and Chibitronics) and details his experiences designing and manufacturing open-source hardware in his recently published book, The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware. He spoke to MIT Technology Review about the advantages of fostering community among customers, how Moore’s Law impacts open hardware, and open-source practices in China.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.