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The REPLICATOR blog put together an overview of Open Source Hardware including a past presentation I co-authored, a good start if you’re interested in the ongoing evolution of the Open Source Hardware movement.

The biggest challenges I see ahead involves the use of the term “Open source hardware” – for the folks who have been doing OSH, it’s pretty specific – basically others can use your stuff in a commercial way, Arduino being a specific example, you can manufacture you own and sell them if you wanted (some have). The flipside is, some makers don’t want to allow commercial use of their projects but *do* want to share their works in a non-commercial way. The term “open hardware” has been gaining some interest along with a specific Creative Common-like license, for example – “Open Hardware Project” with a “Non-commercial manufacturing license”.

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Phillip Torrone

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.


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  1. Sergey Chernyshev on said:

    And I was wondering why people suddenly started adding presentations I posted ;)

    Once again, thanks a lot for this presentation as well as previous one – http://www.techpresentations.org/Open_Source_Hardware:_A_Start… (I couldn’t find video for the latest one, BTW).

    Please keep us posted about the next one and I’ll update this page accordingly: http://www.techpresentations.org/Open_Source_Hardware ;)

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