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Open Hardware: NASA, Basic Engine, Goodman

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  • NASA project allows students to build their own mini Mars rover

    Students, hobbyists and enthusiasts can now build a scaled-down version of the Mars rover using plans and instructions from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) Open Source Rover Project.

    The laboratory has built a mini-rover --"ROV-E" -- to engage the public, and the model has been brought into classrooms and museums to demonstrate rover mobility firsthand.

  • Basic Engine: $10 open-source gadget designed to be the best game machine of the 1980s

    The Basic Engine is a tiny but intentionally limited computer platform designed to be like a late-1980s game console or home computer, but with some useful modern benefits. In effect, it's like Pico-8, but hardware instead of a set of abstract and arbitrary design limitations on software.

  • The Goodman One: A 3D Printed Open Source Camera

    If you’re looking for a unique photographic gift that combines a hearty dose on nostalgia with the warmth of hand-wrought wood, then you could probably do a lot worse than the custom creations of Dora Goodman.

    But Goodman’s covetable camera commissions are not why we’re here. No oh no, the Goodman One is what has caught our eye.

    “The basic gist was a dream to dress up the classical medium/large format in a new modern look while still remain in the track of allowing some experiment, playfulness and mobility,” Goodman says.

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