Freedom Hardware Movement

Report : Product development talk @SVIT

FSMK conducted a 5 day residential workshop at svit during the last days of January. We were invited to give a talk on product development using free hardware.

The talk was attended by around 150 students from various colleges spread across karnataka and some from outside karnataka too.

Aravind Started the talk by explaining how a basic hobby idea can be made and then grown into a complete product for development. Explaining this with the evolution of the basic obstacle avoider bot to a remote controlled one to a gesture based bot.

The audience seemed to be enthralled by the demo’s given, and hopefully they have been inspired to work on their own and contribute to the community.

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Report:SJCE,Mysore talk on Freedom Hardware

SJCE Mysore conducted their yearly tech event,tuxedo this weekend. A completely opensource event where students and industry people present talks and small workshops based on FOSS.

It was quite interesting to see a collage so much into FoSS,unlike the collages i’ve seen in Bangalore  There was a prof who gave a talk on latex a software for making tech papers. He was using zen walk OS. He also kept inspiring his students to work on linux. To add to that he has contributed few clip arts for paper presentations. Parallelly the linux computing group of SJCE had their event, various coding competitions and talks.

The college has its own hardware and software groups which conduct workshops and also attend various other events.

Our talk was an introduction to freedom hardware ,though many of them were acquainted with various technologies ,the idea of community learning was something new to them.

The session was attended by about 50 students from circuit branches and spread across all semesters . They loved the various demos on kinect and pi. A large group showed interest and came back for offline discussions.

Being optimistic and patiently waiting to see the results of the talk 

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Report:Freedom Hardware Symposium

The day started off with talks, Surprisingly we had a jam packed auditorium.
Talk 1: Jaykumar and Senthil from FSMK(Free Software Movement karnataka) gave a brief talk on the on-going free software movement and the need for a parallel hardware movement.
Talk 2: Me (Ashfaq) presented the idea of Freedom hardware and its need in our world.
Talk 3: Prof. Dinesh from IISc spoke about product development, Inspiring students to start working of various projects.
Talk 4: Aravind(Junior Research Fellow @ IISc gave a demo of interfacing the arduino and Raspberry and controlling a motor over the internet.
This was then followed by an open house exhibition.Students displayed projects done by them.The Projects on display:

Hardware based.
1. Line-follower.-Basic line follower made using a motor driver and Ir sensors
2. Manual bot- Manually controlled wireless bot.
3. Wi-Gi(wireless Gesture Input ) – A glove which controls the mouse on your computer,taking the movements on                                                     the Hand.(using wireless communication)
4.Kinect:- A bot the follows you!!
5. 7-segment Display-A basic 1ft by 1ft display made as a display for basket ball matches,done by students.
6. Speaker-A simple arduino Project which takes input from a tv remote(via IR, and plays a tone)
7. PIR.-The door was hooked with a pir sensor, which would count the number of people entering the hall.
8. Power Supply- the basic bridge power supply, used to explain basic capacitance to students.
9. Led Cube: using arduino( 4X4X4 cube)
10:EMF sensor: an arduino based project that would give display the reading of radiation present in the air.

And many more projects….

Software Projects:

1. Web programming: Basic Html website.
2. Fun with Bash:explaining the bash script.
3. Blender:animation using blender.
4. Kernel compilation
5. Rahul’s Table: Rahul our web developer explained various upcoming technologies in website building.
6.Filters on octave

In parallel to the exhibition a workshop on PCB designing was conducted. The workshop taught the student s to use Kicad for designing PCB and also a brief explanation on how to fabricate them at home.We had planned to cater to 30 students, but surprisingly we had a demand for more than 150 registrations. hence the workshop was conducted in 3 sessions of about 45-50 students each.

The Road Ahead!This event got many of the students interested in the movement, now we plan to help them work on projects by providing technical support and also giving a common platform to learn,share and teach.

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