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Ladyada and I gave a talk about some of the open source hardware businesses and how they’re doing. Over the last 5 years we’ve followed, promoted and expanded OSH here on MAKE – this is a brief recap of what OSH is currently being defined as (a start) and 13 or so companies. It’s a great time to be making, sharing and doing business. The selection of kits is amazing, more places to sell your kits like Maker’s Market and places to meet other kit makers – like Maker Faire.

At O’Reilly’s foo camp east 2010 at Microsoft’s NERD center (MIT campus) we presented “Million dollar baby – Businesses designing and selling open source hardware, making millions” at the Ignite hour. 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide – we tried to capture the excitement and great work from just a few of the dozens of open source hardware companies & resellers. Above, slides, photos & video (m4v). Special thanks to all the companies who helped with some data points and to the OSHW workshop group. There are additional videos/posts/tweet from other attendees, this is our quick video we were able to put together on the train ride back from MA to NYC.

More:
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Open source hardware 2009 – The definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2009.

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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