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Not too long ago the Raspberry Pi B+ was released to an unsuspecting community, now the little brother the A+ has been announced. This is a smaller and cheaper alternative to the B+ or even the original A Pi. The board is nearly identical to the B+ with the exception of a few milimeters which have been removed because of the network controller being removed, and of course the network port. The USB controller is also inside the Broadcom processor which means we have 1 USB to save on cost. The price of the unit is about $20 depending on where you live.

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The BananaPi R1 has been released and I have just received mine. It doesn’t feel like too long ago that I reviewed the Banana Pi and talked about how much better of a machine it is. Since then I have picked up 4 more BPIs and now I have my R1. The R1 is an open source router that has a BPI built in. The router features a 4 port switch and wifi. Of course you will need to make your own case (perhaps 3D printed?) and it comes as just a single PCB.

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Kickstarter has no shortage of 3D printers, there is a new one claiming to change the world of 3D printing every other week. The iBox Nano is exceptionally interesting though. Aside from it’s terrible name (I hate when people put i in front of the name) it seems to be a really interesting printer. Instead of using spools of APS or PLA plastic this printer actually uses resin. Because of this it can take up a lot less space and being built off a Raspberry Pi keeps it open and hackable.

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I am not only a huge fan of Arduino, but if you have ever visited this site before you will know I am a big fan of 3D printing as well. When I heard that Arduino was developing it’s own sub $1000 3D printer that is modular, open, and available as a kit I was pretty excited. The Materia 101 is designed for beginners, makers, and enthusiasts alike which means that it could end up as the standard for many hobbyists.

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I am a big fan of the Raspberry Pi, I have used several different versions including the Model A, and B. I have also been using the Banana Pi, a board build from the Raspberry Pi with beefed up hardware. Today a package arrived at my apartment and inside was the new Raspberry Pi Model B+. First impressions of the board are nice, and some of the improvements are exciting and some of the improvements lead me to believe there might be a Raspberry Pi 2 in the near future.

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I want a laser cutter, although I can easily build prototypes and 3D print all the small cases and stuff I am still lacking something of a professional clean finish. Laser cutters are big, expensive machines that certainly don’t really belong in my apartment (I am sure my girlfriend wouldn’t be happy). The laser cube not only fixes this, but is open source at that.