Development inspiration

Interesting websites

Adafruit industries

All-original DIY electronics kits – Adafruit Industries is a New York City based company that sells kits and parts for original, open source hardware electronics projects featured on www.adafruit.com as well as other cool open source tronix’ that we think are interesting and well-made.

All the projects are redesigned specifically to make it easy for beginners to make: nicely silkscreened circuit boards, through-hole parts whenever possible, extra large solder pads, etc. For some kits, you can purchase just the circuit board. To save paper, the easy-to-follow-with-lotsa-pictures instructions are all available online, at http://www.ladyada.net/make
–> Adafruit

Seeedstudio

Seeed Studio is based in Shenzhen, China where a vast number of exciting and innovative products are manufactured. We offer a comprehensive range of electrical material, ranging from capacitor to dev. boards and many categories in- between.

Sometimes very interesting blogposts
–>Seeed Studio

Dangerous Prototypes

We post a new open source hardware project every month. Our goal is to arrange group purchases of assembled hardware through Seeed Studio. Projects usually cost $10-$40, including worldwide shipping. There’s a preorder process overview and FAQ here.
–>Dangerous Prototypes

Development Boards

Arduino

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
–> Arduino

Chumby Hacker Board

The Chumby Hacker Board is a cool single board Linux computer that has much of the same hardware as the famous Chumby One. It’s great for people who are experienced with Linux and want to have the power of a microcomputer with audio and video output while at the same time getting all the peripherals of a microcontroller such as analog-to-digital conversion, PWM outputs, sensors, bit twiddling, and broken-out GPIOs!
–> CHB via Adafruit

Vinculo

Vinculo (inspired by Arduino) is a cost effective Vinculum-II (VNC2) development platform, designed to support rapid prototyping and development of USB 2.0 based processing applications with open-source hardware and software. Vinculo supports the software drivers and libraries developed for the Vinculum II controller.
–> Read more

Frameworks

OpenFrameWork

OpenFrameworks is an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding.
–> Openframework

Rubyk

Open source (MIT license) real time, dynamic signal processing tool (patcher). Rubyk is the super glue between many nice tools like Lua, OpenGL, Midi, OpenCV, etc.
–> Rubyk

Processing

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. Initially developed to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing also has evolved into a tool for generating finished professional work. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.
–> Processing

Processing.js

Processing.js is the sister project of the popular Processing visual programming language, designed for the web. Processing.js makes your data visualizations, digital art, interactive animations, educational graphs, video games, etc. work using web standards and without any plug-ins. You write code using the Processing language, include it in your web page, and Processing.js does the rest. It’s not magic, but almost.
–> Processing.js

CinderBlock

Cinder provides a powerful, intuitive toolbox for programming graphics, audio, video, networking, image processing and computational geometry. Cinder is cross-platform, and in general the exact same code works under Mac OS X, Windows and a growing list of other platforms — most recently the iPhone and iPad.

Cinder is designed to take advantage of platforms’ native capabilities whenever it’s possible, and relies on a minimum of 3rd party libraries. This makes for much lighter, faster applications, and means Cinder apps get free performance, security and capability upgrades whenever the operating system does.
–> CinderBlock