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.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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