Status: Under development
Amino is a project involving both software and hardware to build an OpenSource interfacing standard that allows modular components to be connected together and reused.
Some basic guiding principles for the project are:
Modularisation - A modular topology enables common components to be snapped together using composition, allowing focus on just the custom features of a given project or task, it also reduces complexity and leads to faster project turnaround.
Standardisation - In order to have modularisation and composition as well as reuse, standardisation is required via opensource implementations made available for testing, production, modification and experimentation.
Digitisation - Opensource software is perfectly digital it's reproduction is as simply as copying bits, hardware isn't so simple, but the more of it that can be digitally expressed and rendered the easier its reproduction and the more accessible it becomes to a larger audience.
Reuse - Being able to reuse as much hardware and software as possible reduces consumption and is more environmentally friendly. Common modules or components can be assembled at reduced cost minimising overlap, they can be reused time and time again for experimentation and prototyping. Hacking culture often seeks to reuse, mashup and redefine items for use elsewhere, design should embrace this modern form of cultural reuse.
More background information can be found at Folknology Labs as well as links to historical discussions that brought about Amino & XCore fusion.
Inspiration includes OpenSource hardware like Arduino and its ecosystem.
The project is made up of software and hardware, this project page is concerned with the software and hardware interfacing:
Interested in contributing? Why not join the Amino Community
I am currently finalising the hardware reference design platform for Amino, and with it the basic specifications.
I will add links to the hardware reference in due course.
By the way the current download points to a very old version of the docs, please do not use these as they are very out of date, we will add new versions shortly.