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OpenKit ~ Fritzing: the open-source platform for designers, artists, researchers

Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to work creatively with interactive electronics. A software tool, a community website and services in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, fostering an ecosystem that allows users to document prototypes, share them with others, teach electronics in a classroom, and layout and manufacture professional pcbs.

Makers develop their own innovative ideas within the realm of “physical computing”. By manually wiring up circuits to a breadboard they build small prototype machines, which are able to react to their surroundings, or talk to other machines.
Fritzing is a software tool which allows users to document these electronic prototype projects and share them with others. Due to its intuitive approach, it can help teach electronics to people without an engineering background.
Until the development of Fritzing it was difficult to document or share these projects. Prototypes could only be photographed with their overlapping wires, which made them very difficult to “read”. Alternatively, users could look at schematic symbol diagrams, but these are very abstract and require some background in electronics to understand.
Fritzing created a new standard for documenting: mimicking the realistic aspects of the electronic components used for tinkering (such as breadboard, sensors or cables) it enables an easy transfer between a hardware “sketch” and software representation.
Fritzing is developed by the Fritzing community and researchers of the Interaction Design Lab at the University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam with support from the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture in the state of Brandenburg, Germany.
To download and discover your own the opensource platform connect to Fritzing.org
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