CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- element14, the first community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, today announced it is an official sponsor of the Open Hardware Summit on Sept. 15 at The New York Hall of Science in Queens, helping unite individuals and companies playing an integral role in defining and leading the Open Source Movement.
"We are thrilled to participate again in this year's Open Hardware Summit where the impact of open hardware on engineers and their design processes is brought to center stage," said Kevin Yapp, chief marketing officer, Premier Farnell. "element14 is committed to providing the engineering community with design solutions, new technologies and a network of peers to encourage innovative designs with open-source solutions."
Summit attendees will have the opportunity to meet Jeremy Blum, an electrical and computer engineering student at Cornell University with an extensive background in the Arduino programming environment, as well as an active member of element14's "Ask an Expert" panel. Blum will demo his SudoGlove Hardware Controller, designed using open hardware and open software, which interprets gestures and uses the recorded data to drive Radio Control Cars, synthesize music, manipulate videos, and more. Throughout the day, Blum will post on element14's Do-It-Together blog to help keep attendees as well as Open Source enthusiasts updated on news and activities from the Summit.
Dedicated to empowering engineers and DIY enthusiasts alike, element14 offers a collaborative global network of peers and experts where the open hardware community can share information and feedback in dedicated open-source and Arduino discussion groups. In addition, a range of Arduino boards, shields and components, are available at the element14 store, along with Arduino reference books and resources.
Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first, innovative information portal and eCommunity specifically built for electronic design engineers. It provides product data, design tools and technology information, while incorporating Web 2.0 functionality to facilitate communication, interaction, collaboration and information sharing between colleagues around the world. element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE: pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel electronics distribution trading throughout Europe (Farnell), the Americas (Newark) and Asia Pacific (element14). The company had group sales of pounds Sterling 990.8m and underlying profits of pounds 93.3m last year.