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PyCubed
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Wearable Symptom Tracker
OpenROV
Spotter
Pocketlab
PurpleAir
AudioMoth
bGeigie
Flora
Fieldkit
OpenTrons
Open Enzyme Collection
Raspberry Pi
Actifield
Spikerbox
LED Zappelin'
Arduino
Arduino is a producer of microcontrollers—a key building block of other tools—and a catalyst for the open hardware and maker movements.
Arduino
“Arduino, for many people, presented a door to a whole new world. There, the software had physical implications and could cause a change or trigger events out of the digital realm.”
— Creative Tim
Ready To Use
Plantower
Plantower is an accessible building block for extremely low-cost air quality sensors that broaden who can participate in environmental monitoring.
Plantower
“...a citizen science movement takes root as thousands of low-cost air quality sensors are installed in homes and backyards around the world...”
— Perry Brissette
Ready To Use
RepRap
RepRap is the first low-cost, open source, self-replicating 3D printer—meaning it can print a copy of itself.
RepRap
“The RepRap project started everything.... It didn’t matter whether you had a printer or not, you could start working on an aspect of it and contribute to the online community.”
— Ultimaker
Assembly Required
Makerbot
Makerbot was one of the first low-cost desktop printers, and is still one of the most popular proprietary 3D printers today.
Makerbot
“By shrinking the technology inside hulking, $100,000-plus machines into affordable desktop boxes, MakerBot had kicked off a revolution in 3D printing.”
— Wired
Ready To Use
Foldscope
Foldscope is an ultra-affordable, portable paper microscope used in classrooms and fieldwork sites worldwide.
Foldscope
“The biggest thing we’re trying to do is to make people curious.... Our ambition is that every kid should be able to carry a microscope in their pocket.”
— The Atlantic
Assembly Required
OpenFlexure
OpenFlexure is a low-cost, 3D printed microscope with high resolution mechanism and the resolution of a professional microscope.
OpenFlexure
“These resources are making advanced diagnostics accessible even in resource-poor regions that lack trained technicians, cold storage and reliable power.”
— Nature Portfolio
Build From Scratch
PyCubed
PyCubed is a DIY satellite for low earth orbit that is entirely programmable in Python, a versatile and easy-to-use programming language.
PyCubed
“Going forward, [PyCubed] provides NASA a simple, low-cost platform for future technology demonstration needs.”
— NASA
Assembly Required
IOS TubeSat Kits
IOS TubeSat Kits are low-cost professional grade satellites that can be purchased as DIY kits and launched using the Interorbital's low-cost NEPTUNE Rocket launch service.
IOS TubeSat Kits
“Sometimes we feel like renegades or outcasts, building these rockets by ourselves.... We are out to show the world this can all be done at truly radically lower costs.”
— National Geographic
Assembly Required
Quori
Quori is a socially interactive robot for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research that can be taken apart and customized to fit the needs of any lab.
Quori
“With Quori’s main role as as a teaching robot, its genderlessness can help provide a blank slate for human-robot interaction research....”
— University of Pennsylvania
Other
Wearable Symptom Tracker
Wearable Symptom Tracker helps individuals self-identify their bodily systems and monitor the spread of viral infections, such as Covid-19.
Wearable Symptom Tracker
“[Wearable Symptom Tracker] is actually a revolutionary idea that can help enable entirely new classes of wearable devices...and thus has broader impacts beyond just this project.”
— UC San Diego
Other
OpenROV
OpenROV is an underwater exploration drone collaboratively developed using open source design.
OpenROV
“You can't protect what you don't understand...we've seen groups use the underwater drones to help educate fishing communities on the biology of the ecosystems they rely on.”
— National Geographic
Assembly Required
Spotter
Spotter is the largest privately-owned marine weather sensor network.
Spotter
“[This is] an example of new, private-sector weather platforms that could help companies and governments improve forecasts.”
— The Washington Post
Ready To Use
Pocketlab
Pocketlab is a sensor for STEM education designed to be ultra easy to use, making teaching and learning more accessible to those without technical backgrounds.
Pocketlab
“The exciting thing about PocketLab Air is not just the sensor itself, but the ability to collaborate on global climate and air quality experiments.”
— Digital Trends
Assembly Required
PurpleAir
PurpleAir is a low-cost sensor often used by citizen scientists to monitor air quality in local communities.
PurpleAir
“You can’t give the government control over monitoring and enforcement.... Having this type of power in the public’s hands, it gives a check on the government.”
— The New York Times
Assembly Required
AudioMoth
AudioMoth is a sensor typically used to monitor biodiversity, but is so easy to build that it has been used for unexpected applications, such as measuring noise pollution.
AudioMoth
“The hope is that open-source tech will make it cheap enough to gather data...to focus efforts to save endangered species and tackle the effects of climate change.”
— The Wall Street Journal
Ready To Use
bGeigie
bGeigie is an open hardware radiation monitor developed in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
bGeigie
“[bGeigie] has gained a reputation for objectivity both in its data and it its commentary [and] is increasingly sought by journalists and others for fact-checking....”
— Journal of Radiological Protection
Ready To Use
Assembly Required
Build From Scratch
Flora
Flora is an open source microprocessor by Adafruit, an important open source company for hardware building blocks.
Flora
“Designers are accustomed to working with texture, color and form...but now electronics gives us another avenue of expression.”
— New York Times
Ready To Use
Fieldkit
Fieldkit is a customizable tool to help gather easy-to-share environmental data from the wild, enabling more people to participate in conservation.
Fieldkit
“This includes people building FieldKit versions of their own [and] used in ways we don't anticipate.... It puts these tools in the hands of people doing environmental justice work or citizen science.”
— Forbes
Assembly Required
OpenTrons
OpenTrons is an automated pipetting machine that helps researchers save more time for analysis by avoiding tedious manual labwork.
OpenTrons
“[OpenTrons] helps provide fast and accurate COVID-19 testing at a low cost to government agencies, hospitals, businesses and schools.”
— Pandemic Response Lab
Ready To Use
Open Enzyme Collection
Open Enzyme Collection is an initiative enabling scientists to "locally" manufacture enzymes and reporter genes used in molecular biology research.
Open Enzyme Collection
“We estimate that you can save at least 80–90% of the cost of an enzyme by producing your own.”
— Nature
Ready To Use
Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi is an open source, single-board computer, originally created to teach computer science to young people.
Raspberry Pi
“They might not look like much, but tiny Raspberry Pi computers could help society relearn what it means to be technically literate.”
— CNET
Ready To Use
Actifield
Actifield is an automated device that measures animal movements, using open source and low-cost components.
Actifield
“If you have the blueprint for a piece of equipment, you can understand how it works. You can repair your equipment if it breaks down and...adapt it to your local needs.”
— Nature
Ready To Use
Spikerbox
Spikerbox is a low-cost bioamplifier that allows you to measure real-time electrical activity in the body.
Spikerbox
“[Spikerbox] could revolutionize mental health research — and prevent others from experiencing depression.”
— OZY
Assembly Required
LED Zappelin'
LED Zappelin' is a low-cost microcontroller that addresses challenges in specialized microscopy for neuroscience research on color vision and optogenetics.
LED Zappelin'
“[LED Zappelin's] low-cost and spectrum flexibility added to its accessible stimulation programming, makes it a favourable design compared to other available commercial solutions.”
— HardwareX
Build From Scratch
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Makerbot was one of the first low-cost desktop printers, and is still one of the most popular proprietary 3D printers today.
Makerbot
“By shrinking the technology inside hulking, $100,000-plus machines into affordable desktop boxes, MakerBot had kicked off a revolution in 3D printing.”
— Wired
Ready To Use
RepRap is the first low-cost, open source, self-replicating 3D printer—meaning it can print a copy of itself.
RepRap
“The RepRap project started everything.... It didn’t matter whether you had a printer or not, you could start working on an aspect of it and contribute to the online community.”
— Ultimaker
Assembly Required
Open Enzyme Collection is an initiative enabling scientists to "locally" manufacture enzymes and reporter genes used in molecular biology research.
Open Enzyme Collection
“We estimate that you can save at least 80–90% of the cost of an enzyme by producing your own.”
— Nature
Ready To Use
OpenROV is an underwater exploration drone collaboratively developed using open source design.
OpenROV
“You can't protect what you don't understand...we've seen groups use the underwater drones to help educate fishing communities on the biology of the ecosystems they rely on.”
— National Geographic
Assembly Required
Arduino is a producer of microcontrollers—a key building block of other tools—and a catalyst for the open hardware and maker movements.
Arduino
“Arduino, for many people, presented a door to a whole new world. There, the software had physical implications and could cause a change or trigger events out of the digital realm.”
— Creative Tim
Ready To Use
Flora is an open source microprocessor by Adafruit, an important open source company for hardware building blocks.
Flora
“Designers are accustomed to working with texture, color and form...but now electronics gives us another avenue of expression.”
— New York Times
Ready To Use
LED Zappelin' is a low-cost microcontroller that addresses challenges in specialized microscopy for neuroscience research on color vision and optogenetics.
LED Zappelin'
“[LED Zappelin's] low-cost and spectrum flexibility added to its accessible stimulation programming, makes it a favourable design compared to other available commercial solutions.”
— HardwareX
Build From Scratch
Raspberry Pi is an open source, single-board computer, originally created to teach computer science to young people.
Raspberry Pi
“They might not look like much, but tiny Raspberry Pi computers could help society relearn what it means to be technically literate.”
— CNET
Ready To Use
Foldscope is an ultra-affordable, portable paper microscope used in classrooms and fieldwork sites worldwide.
Foldscope
“The biggest thing we’re trying to do is to make people curious.... Our ambition is that every kid should be able to carry a microscope in their pocket.”
— The Atlantic
Assembly Required
OpenFlexure is a low-cost, 3D printed microscope with high resolution mechanism and the resolution of a professional microscope.
OpenFlexure
“These resources are making advanced diagnostics accessible even in resource-poor regions that lack trained technicians, cold storage and reliable power.”
— Nature Portfolio
Build From Scratch
OpenTrons is an automated pipetting machine that helps researchers save more time for analysis by avoiding tedious manual labwork.
OpenTrons
“[OpenTrons] helps provide fast and accurate COVID-19 testing at a low cost to government agencies, hospitals, businesses and schools.”
— Pandemic Response Lab
Ready To Use
Quori is a socially interactive robot for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research that can be taken apart and customized to fit the needs of any lab.
Quori
“With Quori’s main role as as a teaching robot, its genderlessness can help provide a blank slate for human-robot interaction research....”
— University of Pennsylvania
Other
IOS TubeSat Kits are low-cost professional grade satellites that can be purchased as DIY kits and launched using the Interorbital's low-cost NEPTUNE Rocket launch service.
IOS TubeSat Kits
“Sometimes we feel like renegades or outcasts, building these rockets by ourselves.... We are out to show the world this can all be done at truly radically lower costs.”
— National Geographic
Assembly Required
PyCubed is a DIY satellite for low earth orbit that is entirely programmable in Python, a versatile and easy-to-use programming language.
PyCubed
“Going forward, [PyCubed] provides NASA a simple, low-cost platform for future technology demonstration needs.”
— NASA
Assembly Required
Actifield is an automated device that measures animal movements, using open source and low-cost components.
Actifield
“If you have the blueprint for a piece of equipment, you can understand how it works. You can repair your equipment if it breaks down and...adapt it to your local needs.”
— Nature
Ready To Use
AudioMoth is a sensor typically used to monitor biodiversity, but is so easy to build that it has been used for unexpected applications, such as measuring noise pollution.
AudioMoth
“The hope is that open-source tech will make it cheap enough to gather data...to focus efforts to save endangered species and tackle the effects of climate change.”
— The Wall Street Journal
Ready To Use
Fieldkit is a customizable tool to help gather easy-to-share environmental data from the wild, enabling more people to participate in conservation.
Fieldkit
“This includes people building FieldKit versions of their own [and] used in ways we don't anticipate.... It puts these tools in the hands of people doing environmental justice work or citizen science.”
— Forbes
Assembly Required
Plantower is an accessible building block for extremely low-cost air quality sensors that broaden who can participate in environmental monitoring.
Plantower
“...a citizen science movement takes root as thousands of low-cost air quality sensors are installed in homes and backyards around the world...”
— Perry Brissette
Ready To Use
Pocketlab is a sensor for STEM education designed to be ultra easy to use, making teaching and learning more accessible to those without technical backgrounds.
Pocketlab
“The exciting thing about PocketLab Air is not just the sensor itself, but the ability to collaborate on global climate and air quality experiments.”
— Digital Trends
Assembly Required
PurpleAir is a low-cost sensor often used by citizen scientists to monitor air quality in local communities.
PurpleAir
“You can’t give the government control over monitoring and enforcement.... Having this type of power in the public’s hands, it gives a check on the government.”
— The New York Times
Assembly Required
Spikerbox is a low-cost bioamplifier that allows you to measure real-time electrical activity in the body.
Spikerbox
“[Spikerbox] could revolutionize mental health research — and prevent others from experiencing depression.”
— OZY
Assembly Required
Spotter is the largest privately-owned marine weather sensor network.
Spotter
“[This is] an example of new, private-sector weather platforms that could help companies and governments improve forecasts.”
— The Washington Post
Ready To Use
Wearable Symptom Tracker helps individuals self-identify their bodily systems and monitor the spread of viral infections, such as Covid-19.
Wearable Symptom Tracker
“[Wearable Symptom Tracker] is actually a revolutionary idea that can help enable entirely new classes of wearable devices...and thus has broader impacts beyond just this project.”
— UC San Diego
Other
bGeigie is an open hardware radiation monitor developed in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
bGeigie
“[bGeigie] has gained a reputation for objectivity both in its data and it its commentary [and] is increasingly sought by journalists and others for fact-checking....”
— Journal of Radiological Protection
Ready To Use
Assembly Required
Build From Scratch
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Modular Design

Open Data

Open License

 

 
Arduino is a producer of microcontrollers—a key building block of other tools—and a catalyst for the open hardware and maker movements.
Arduino
“Arduino, for many people, presented a door to a whole new world. There, the software had physical implications and could cause a change or trigger events out of the digital realm.”
— Creative Tim
Ready To Use
Plantower is an accessible building block for extremely low-cost air quality sensors that broaden who can participate in environmental monitoring.
Plantower
“...a citizen science movement takes root as thousands of low-cost air quality sensors are installed in homes and backyards around the world...”
— Perry Brissette
Ready To Use
RepRap is the first low-cost, open source, self-replicating 3D printer—meaning it can print a copy of itself.
RepRap
“The RepRap project started everything.... It didn’t matter whether you had a printer or not, you could start working on an aspect of it and contribute to the online community.”
— Ultimaker
Assembly Required
Makerbot was one of the first low-cost desktop printers, and is still one of the most popular proprietary 3D printers today.
Makerbot
“By shrinking the technology inside hulking, $100,000-plus machines into affordable desktop boxes, MakerBot had kicked off a revolution in 3D printing.”
— Wired
Ready To Use
Foldscope is an ultra-affordable, portable paper microscope used in classrooms and fieldwork sites worldwide.
Foldscope
“The biggest thing we’re trying to do is to make people curious.... Our ambition is that every kid should be able to carry a microscope in their pocket.”
— The Atlantic
Assembly Required
OpenFlexure is a low-cost, 3D printed microscope with high resolution mechanism and the resolution of a professional microscope.
OpenFlexure
“These resources are making advanced diagnostics accessible even in resource-poor regions that lack trained technicians, cold storage and reliable power.”
— Nature Portfolio
Build From Scratch
PyCubed is a DIY satellite for low earth orbit that is entirely programmable in Python, a versatile and easy-to-use programming language.
PyCubed
“Going forward, [PyCubed] provides NASA a simple, low-cost platform for future technology demonstration needs.”
— NASA