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NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

NASA is, like, totally still relevant. Word.

They sponsored the International (Intergalactic?) Space Apps Challenge as a way to encourage people to take all the stuff NASA offers for free and turn it into something the average person could actually use.

The “hardware” section includes the following challenges:

  • Suborbital Payload for Citizen Science (exposed or pressurized)
  • Low Cost Space Guidance System
  • SERVIR Open Hardware Camera Project
  • Handheld Hardware for Citizen Science
  • BakerFaire
  • WeLoveData Challenge
  • Nairobi Robotics

Yes, one of those is a project to figure out how to bake and eat bread in microgravity. Hey, you try celebrating without cake and see how you like it. Anywho…

Most of the solutions are software-based. Of the solutions chosen for global judging we’ve got one where you make a ring (for your finger) out of the 3D model of some satellite orbits. There’s also a project to make an open source underwater robot for exploring, you know, under water. They link it to space by (again) developing the software tool(s) that will allow for processing the data sent back by a remote rover.

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Q.bo The Open Source Robot, Available For Preorder

Who doesn’t want their own robot? Okay, who doesn’t want their own open source robot? Enough with the rhetorical questions.

Francisco and Carlos Paz founded the company TheCorpora so they could bring the dream of an open source robot to reality. The result was Q.bo (apparently pronounced “kew-be-oh”).

We firmly believe that innovation and the future of Robotics will only be achieved through the development, promotion and the creation of open source communities that enable the adoption of robotic technologies and a positive social impact. This is the reason why during the whole process of creating Q.bo we have worked with open platforms such as the Ubuntu distribution of the Linux operating system, the robotics development platform ROS from Willow Garage, and Arduino as a tool for the design and implementation of electronics.” – The People Who Made Q.bo

Q.bo is now available for pre-order. You’re welcome.

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