In the end we chose an industrial-quality display from our friends at Inelco Hunter based in the UK, who were able to create something very special:
RGB 800×480 display @60fps
FT5406 10 point capacitive touchscreen
70 degree viewing angle
Metal-backed display with mounting holes for the Pi
Back in January Razer lifted the lid on its highly customizable "Hacker Dev Kit" VR headset and OSVR (Open-Source Virtual Reality) platform, both designed "to set an open standard for virtual reality input devices."
Now the company has revealed that the consumer version of its headset, the HDK v1.3, will be available for pre-order on October 1, and that its OSVR content discovery platform has launched and can be accessed right away.
The Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset will get a significant upgrade soon. Gaming peripheral company Razer announced the OSVR program back in January, but the first prototype headset was an underwhelming affair with uncomfortable ergonomics and a so-so display. That wasn't really the point, though. Rather than a single company aiming to dominate the VR market, OSVR is a loose band of hardware and software companies hoping to do for virtual reality "what Android did for mobile."
As the Virtual Reality gaming market grows, there are some growing efforts that are seeking to be less proprietary, and more inclusive about the process. Open Source Virtual Reality, or OSVR, is a movement that involves not just Razer, but over 230 companies that support the cause.
Hoping that MIAOW is not a catastrophe
An open saucy general-purpose graphics processor (GPGPU) has been unveiled at the Hot Chips event.
The GPGPU is relatively crude and is part of another piece of an emerging open-source hardware platform called MIAOW.
el showed off a 147 x 140mm “5×5″ SBC form-factor slotted between NUC and Mini-ITX, designed for socketable, LGA-based Intel Celeron and Core processors.
Spurred on by the success of its reference design for 102 x 102mm (4.0 x 4.0-inch) NUC (Next Unit of Computing) mini-PCs, many of which run Linux, Intel showed off a “5×5″ mainboard form-factor at last week’s Intel Developer Forum. Billed as being the “smallest socketed board standard,” 5×5 measures 147 x 140mm (5.79 x 5.51 inches), or 29 percent less than the 170 x 170 (6.7 x 6.7-inch) Mini-ITX.
Lawn watering systems are notorious for sending money down the drain. When Robert Booth was looking to get started on a robotics project, it's no surprise that a sprinkler system was at the top of his list. Booth will be presenting his "Strawberry Pi" system at Texas Linux Fest this year. We talked to him about it.
Open-source furniture company Opendesk has created customised workspace fittings for self-build computer brand Kano...
A development kit for designing a virtual reality headset for game-players from 0pen-source software has been introduced by the Open-Source Virtual Reality Consortium.
Chances are pretty good you’ve had a glowing probe clipped to your fingertip or earlobe in some clinic or doctor’s office. If you have, then you’re familiar with pulse oximetry, a cheap and non-invasive test that’s intended to measure how much oxygen your blood is carrying, with the bonus of an accurate count of your pulse rate. You can run down to the local drug store or big box and get a fingertip pulse oximeter for about $25USD, but if you want to learn more about photoplethysmography (PPG), [Rajendra Bhatt]’s open-source pulse oximeter might be a better choice.
Lytro, the name behind light field photography, has just generously dished out all its tech to everyone, by becoming open source.
This means anyone can now use the Illum camera and first-gen camera smarts to create anything their imaginations allow. This includes virtual reality capture for 3D viewing on the likes of Google Cardboard or Samsung's Gear VR headsets.
Logic Supply, a hardware company known for being on the leading edge of technology with embedded and industrial computers powered by Linux kernel-based operating systems, such as Ubuntu, has announced that it now offers a full line of ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner) certified thin client computers compatible with ThinManager.
You probably know the Linux penguin, that cuddly mascot of open-source software, but do you know the mascot of open-source hardware?
While recently demonstrating a prototype to a family member I was asked, "Are you going to patent that?" While happy to see such enthusiasm, I tactfully declared that I couldn’t seek a patent, as it was built using open source components. This perplexed my family member who, being from a generation or two (or three) before me, thought that is how "inventing things works." So, I did my best to explain the seemingly "hippie-ish" concepts of open source, copyleft, and Creative Commons licenses to someone from America’s Greatest Generation with little success.
In the end, we simply agreed to disagree on the issues of patents and capitalist pursuit.
Makers, developers and hobbyists that are looking to build different communication systems may be interested in a tiny open source digital walkie-talkie development board that is being launched several Kickstarter crowdfunding website.