1. Project of the Day The Open Enigma Project is a dream for cryptologists and history buffs alike. Based off the original Enigma Machine, invented in Germany at the end of World War I, the Open Enigma Project is a modern replica that allows you to encrypt and decrypt just about any type of information out there. The creators have made the machine completely open source so you can put together your own if you end up falling down a cryptology rabbit hole. 

  2. The force is strong with this one.
The White House recently turned down a petition to build a Death Star, so this mysterious Kickstarter creator took matters into his own hands. Behold: The open-source Death Star!
Having backed 178 projects on the site, he’s hoping that a few might lend a hand in return. £19,000 down, £19,000,000 to go!

    The force is strong with this one.

    The White House recently turned down a petition to build a Death Star, so this mysterious Kickstarter creator took matters into his own hands. Behold: The open-source Death Star!

    Having backed 178 projects on the site, he’s hoping that a few might lend a hand in return. £19,000 down, £19,000,000 to go!

    View on Kickstarter
  3. DIY magazine app.
Exciting progress on Letter to Jane, an iPad art magazine and an open-source code project to build your own.
The preview app has been built and released, and the lineup for the issue is stacked — including features with Wim Wenders, Marc Maron, Miranda July, and many others.
lettertojane:




Letter to Jane: Issue 04 List of Contributors
In no particular order:
Wim Wenders
Marc Maron
Miranda July
Whit Stillman
Marlene Marino
Jeff Luker
Katherine Squier
Katarina Šoškić
Sam Smith
Sara Cwynar
Ana Kraš
Lukasz Wierzbowski
Mads Teglers
Neon Indian
Plus more original artwork and features. Coming soon…

    DIY magazine app.

    Exciting progress on Letter to Jane, an iPad art magazine and an open-source code project to build your own.

    The preview app has been built and released, and the lineup for the issue is stacked — including features with Wim Wenders, Marc Maron, Miranda July, and many others.

    lettertojane:

    Letter to Jane: Issue 04 List of Contributors

    In no particular order:

    Wim Wenders

    Marc Maron

    Miranda July

    Whit Stillman

    Marlene Marino

    Jeff Luker

    Katherine Squier

    Katarina Šoškić

    Sam Smith

    Sara Cwynar

    Ana Kraš

    Lukasz Wierzbowski

    Mads Teglers

    Neon Indian

    Plus more original artwork and features. Coming soon…

    View on Kickstarter
  4. Map makers take flight.
Two young cartographers are on a mission to create a hub for exploring the future Patagonia National Park.
As the newest national park in South America, Patagonia is a largely undocumented expanse of wilderness. Kickstarter project creators Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are using their web-based platform for open cartography, Maps for Good, to share the information they collect about the park with their backers and the wider community of wilderness adventurers.

    Map makers take flight.

    Two young cartographers are on a mission to create a hub for exploring the future Patagonia National Park.

    As the newest national park in South America, Patagonia is a largely undocumented expanse of wilderness. Kickstarter project creators Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are using their web-based platform for open cartography, Maps for Good, to share the information they collect about the park with their backers and the wider community of wilderness adventurers.

    View on Kickstarter
  5. What’s next for the book?
The Open Utopia is a free, open-source edition of Thomas More’s 16th century classic, reimagined for the 21st.
More’s description of an alternative society hinges on the concept of common property — an open model of collective ownership that resembles new approaches to copyright in the digital age. At least half a millenium ahead of his time, More’s work resonates even more strongly today.
After successfully funding the production of The Open Utopia project on Kickstarter, creator and professor Stephen Duncombe is officially launching the initiative tomorrow evening in New York City. Locals should feel free to join him at NYU — and everyone else can take a look at his revised text on Social Book, a new platform that allows multiple readers to experience a book together.

    What’s next for the book?

    The Open Utopia is a free, open-source edition of Thomas More’s 16th century classic, reimagined for the 21st.

    More’s description of an alternative society hinges on the concept of common property — an open model of collective ownership that resembles new approaches to copyright in the digital age. At least half a millenium ahead of his time, More’s work resonates even more strongly today.

    After successfully funding the production of The Open Utopia project on Kickstarter, creator and professor Stephen Duncombe is officially launching the initiative tomorrow evening in New York City. Locals should feel free to join him at NYU — and everyone else can take a look at his revised text on Social Book, a new platform that allows multiple readers to experience a book together.

    View on Kickstarter
  6. Open Light.
Chalk one up for the open-developer community.
Light, the web-connected illumination vessel, has started sharing their hardware schematics, as promised, with software code to come in the future.
Another small step for open-source technology, and another leap for dev kind. Techies, tinkerers, hackers and makers can learn how to make your own Light here. 

    Open Light.

    Chalk one up for the open-developer community.

    Light, the web-connected illumination vessel, has started sharing their hardware schematics, as promised, with software code to come in the future.

    Another small step for open-source technology, and another leap for dev kind. Techies, tinkerers, hackers and makers can learn how to make your own Light here

    View on Kickstarter
  7. Open source brain control.

    MIT Technology Review published an article on the Puzzlebox Orbit yesterday that cuts to the chase: “Flying Helicopter Orb Guided By Brainwaves.”

    There’s no misunderstanding a headline like this: It. Is. Awesome. But perhaps the most stunning part of the project is that if fully funded, the creators will make the project open source, releasing code, hardware schematics, and documentation to the general public.

    View on Kickstarter
  8. Update #6: Mindsplosion of MaKey MaKey Invention Videos in the Wild. MaKey MaKey, the self-dubbed “invention kit for the 21st century,” is in the hands of beta-testers, who all seem to be using the device to turn every imaginable thing into an instrument — including their own kids! You can watch that video above, but be sure to check out their most recent project update for a slew of other totally awesome uses: like turning vegetables into instruments while cooking them.

  9. KSR IRL: Tomorrow, 9/15 8:30a-8p at the New York Hall of Science, the Open Hardware Summit features a wide range presentations, including the big brains behind beloved Kickstarter projects EyeWriter and Gameduino!!
The Open Hardware Summit is sure to be an epic conference on — you bet your bottom dollar — open hardware. Founded and chaired by Alicia Gibb and Ayah Bdeir, the summit will explore this intellectual, cultural, digital, and mechanical movement, featuring a variety of industry leaders, academics, and critical thinkers in the DIY community discussing hardware as it relates to business, laws, design, creation, and education in an open sourced world. Time to geek the bleep out! And remember: Hack The Planet. Click here for more info and tix.

    KSR IRL: Tomorrow, 9/15 8:30a-8p at the New York Hall of Science, the Open Hardware Summit features a wide range presentations, including the big brains behind beloved Kickstarter projects EyeWriter and Gameduino!!

    The Open Hardware Summit is sure to be an epic conference on — you bet your bottom dollar — open hardware. Founded and chaired by Alicia Gibb and Ayah Bdeir, the summit will explore this intellectual, cultural, digital, and mechanical movement, featuring a variety of industry leaders, academics, and critical thinkers in the DIY community discussing hardware as it relates to business, laws, design, creation, and education in an open sourced world. Time to geek the bleep out! And remember: Hack The Planet. Click here for more info and tix.