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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Open source hardware, what is it? Here’s a start…