Open Source Hardware

Axiom OS Camera, Sustainable equipment, green energy hardware, Arduino, Blackmagic OSH

Apertusº 4K Open Source Camera : Axiom 

Open Source UK has a beta Axiom 4K OS Camera. We have been testing this unit and are excited to be helping develop new workflows and colour science to start shooting projects with the worlds first OSH 4K Camera.

TV industry’s open standard for rack based conversion!


What is Arduino?

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board. To do so you use the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring), and the Arduino Software (IDE), based on Processing.

Over the years Arduino has been the brain of thousands of projects, from everyday objects to complex scientific instruments. A worldwide community of makers – students, hobbyists, artists, programmers, and professionals – has gathered around this open-source platform, their contributions have added up to an incredible amount of accessible knowledge that can be of great help to novices and experts alike.

Arduino was born at the Ivrea Interaction Design Institute as an easy tool for fast prototyping, aimed at students without a background in electronics and programming. As soon as it reached a wider community, the Arduino board started changing to adapt to new needs and challenges, differentiating its offer from simple 8-bit boards to products for IoT applications, wearable, 3D printing, and embedded environments. All Arduino boards are completely open-source, empowering users to build them independently and eventually adapt them to their particular needs. The software, too, is open-source, and it is growing through the contributions of users worldwide.

Open Source Hardware Association

The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) aims to foster technological knowledge and encourage research that is accessible, collaborative and respects user freedom. OSHWA’s primary activities include hosting the annual Open Hardware Summit and maintaining the Open Source Hardware certification, which allows the community to quickly identify and represent hardware that complies with the community definition of open source hardware.

The purposes and activities this organization aims to do are as follows:
(1) Organize conferences and community events
(2) Educate the general public about open source hardware and its socially beneficial uses.
(3) Organize the open source hardware movement around shared values and principles.
(4) Collect, compile and publish data on the Open Source Hardware movement.
(5) Provide a painless way for creators to indicate that their products meet a standard for open-source compliance.