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Good to see open source hardware getting some well deserved action in the NY Times, here’s a good read about the Neuros recorder we’ve covered here-

“HACKERS, welcome! Here are detailed circuit diagrams of our products — modify them as you wish.”

That’s not an announcement you’ll find on the Web sites of most consumer electronics manufacturers, who tend to keep information on the innards of their machines as private as possible.

But Neuros Technology International, creator of a new video recorder, has decided to go in a different direction. The company, based in Chicago, is providing full documentation of the hardware platform for its recorder, the Neuros OSD (for open source device), so that skilled users can customize or “hack” the device — and then pass along the improvements to others.

What This Gadget Can Do Is Up to You – New York Times – [via] Link.

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  • Neuros @ MAKE – Link.
  • Open source hardware @ MAKE – Link.
  • Open source hardware guide (2007) – Link.
  • What is open source hardware? – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. Michael Covington says:

    “Here’s a schematic diagram of our product…”

    Sounds like IBM launching the PC in 1981. We forget, but the IBM Personal Computer was totally open-architecture and that’s why it became the basis for the bulk of the computers in existence today.

    IBM published the schematics and the BIOS listings in full. I still have that manual for the 1982 (second) version of the PC. They sold the book for $40, which was about $75 in today’s money — well worth it. And I remember the day I bought it from the IBM store in downtown Los Angeles… it probably marked the beginning of my present career.