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OpenMoko - If you can’t open it, you don’t own it

Rob Beschizza  of Wired’s Gadget lab writes about OpenMoko, who first created an open source software platform for smartphones, , and now released CAD files that enable anyone who can modify them, to do so, and then mill their own phone on a 3D prototyping machine

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Following Mark Weiser’s vision of the disappearing computer they believe in giving developers full access to software and hardware alike.

“Say you bought a cellphone. Say you decided you didn’t like the look of it much.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could sketch your ideal design, have a buddy knock it up in a 3D modeling program, then see it in the flesh? With OpenMoko’s FreeRunner, an open-source linux cellphone, it’s a piece of cake: the CAD files are on the net for all to download.

“With your current phone, you might be able to change the skin, add some rhinestones. Inconsequential customization,” said OpenMoko’s Steve Mosher. “With this, you can change the physical shell.”

More here

Add comment March 3rd, 2008

Print me a Chip

Mikey77 gives a step by step instructions for making flexible circuits using an inkjet printer:

Extremely flexible and nearly transparent circuits can be made using conductive fabrics.

Inkjet printed circuit

Here are some of the experiments I’ve done with conductive fabrics. They can be painted or drawn on with resist and then etched like a standard circuit board. Conductive glue or conductive thread is then used to attach the components to the fabric circuit board…

More on the instructables  website

Add comment February 24th, 2008


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