useful hardware for library hacking - helping to create web servers, make use of presentation tools, create electronic gadgets, print objects....
hardware for use in hack projects has become increasingly popular. users are now using their tech hardware as items to mould into tools that do exactly what they want them to - from creating smart phone apps to creating electronic prototypes with a raspberry pi or arduino.
as a general rule, hardware featured here will be:
small prototyping boards for code and electronic hardware projects.
a much smaller version of the Raspberry Pi - designed for internet of things projects.
£4raspberry pi foundation
the raspberry pi mini-computer, perfect for use in libraries - great for both children and adult hackers. can run a variety of operating systems from an SD card.
£25raspberry pi foundation
DIY electronics for prototyping and learning - a modular, open-source, and fun prototyping solution for families, classroom environments and general tinkering.
a tiny (SD card sized) computer for prototyping wearables.
an open source electronics prototyping platform with custom programming language and development environment.
a DIY anonymous offline file-sharing and communications system built with free software and inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware. see site for DIY setup guides, including for raspberry pi.
piratebox home page
near field communication tags. using RFID standards these tags hold data and allow contactless communication between the tag and NFC devices (mobile/tablet).
£0.50nfc on wikipedia
based on piratebox, this is a portable web server which acts as a wifi router and portal to deliver educational and library content without the need for a web connection.
$150librarybox home page
creating physical objects.
printing objects, not just words and images. 3D printers are the must-have tools for libraries wanting to become maker spaces and fab labs.
£1000-£5000.makerbot 3D printers
tools for presenting and displaying visuals.