The next Open Book DIY eReader will be Raspberry Pi Pico-powered (and simpler to build)

The Open Book Project from developer Joey Castillo is an ongoing effort to design open hardware eBook readers that anyone can assemble from parts and program on their own… but it does take a fair bit of know-how to actually build a device that has as many as 114 different parts. So Castillo has been […]

microByte is an open hardware tiny handheld game console for $45 and up during crowdfunding

The microByte is a pocket-sized game console with a tiny display, game controllers, a speaker, and microSD card reader for storage. It supports several emulators, allowing you to play classic games on the system. And it’s an open hardware project – the firmware, PCB design files and schematics, and other documentation are all available to […]

Dragonbox Pyra begins shipping to customers (open hardware handheld gaming PC)

The DragonBox Pyra is a handheld computer with a 5 inch display, a TI OMAP 5 processor, a QWERTY keyboard and built-in game controllers. Designed to be a hackable, open hardware device, the little PC ships with Debian Linux but supports alternate operating systems, and you can use the Pyra as a general purpose computer […]

DevTerm is an open source portable terminal with modular (and retro) design

The DevTerm is a new portable computer with a very old aesthetic. Designed to look like an old school portable terminal, this modular, open source computer features a 6.8 inch, 1280 x 480 pixel IPS display, a keyboard, and battery module plus an optional built-in thermal printer. Under the hood is a ClockworkPi v3.14 mainboard […]

PicoRio dev board PC with a RISC-V chip will be a low-cost, open source Raspberry Pi alternative

The Raspberry Pi line of tiny computers have made a big splash in recent years. For as little as $35 you can get a fully functional computer capable of running a variety of (mostly Linux-based) operating systems. Some models are even cheaper. A bunch of competitors have entered the space, but like the Raspberry Pi, […]

Ignitial Tukhla will be a high-end, open hardware single board computer (developed by Olimex)

Open hardware company Olimex has announced its developing a “high end open source Linux board” for a French company called Ignitial. The upcoming Ignitial Tukhla will have an NXP iMX8 processor, support for up to 16GB of RAM, and plenty of options for storage, input, and output. What makes it an open hardware project is that […]

Crowdfunding begins for the MNT Reform modular, open hardware laptop

The MNT Reform is a laptop designed for folks who want to be able to understand, modify, and truly understand every aspect of their computer. It’s designed to run free and open source software, but the laptop is also open hardware — the design schematics, firmware, and most hardware components are available. And if you […]

Kobol Helios64 open source NAS coming in March (network attached storage)

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices like those offered by Synology and QNAP are basically specialized computers that are designed to let you do things like back up your data or set up a home server. But for the most part they run proprietary software. But Kobo’s upcoming Helios64 is designed to be a more open […]

System76 launches Thelio line of open source, US-built desktop computers

System76 has been selling Linux computers for years. But up until recently that basically meant slapping the System76 name on an OEM design and installing Ubuntu. Last year the company introduced its own custom GNU/Linux operating system called Pop!_OS and revealed plans to begin designing and building its own hardware. Now the first System76 computers […]

Kite DIY modular smartphone kit hits Kickstarter for $274 and up

Kite is a modular smartphone and/or computer kit that you assemble yourself. Since it features a modular design, you can decide what sensors, displays, or other components you want to use… although there are some limitations. Developer Shree Kumar is positioning Kite as an open hardware platform. The design files will be available and editable. […]