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

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 –… (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: ;)

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