Last week, Phillip Torrone and Limor Fried presented the closing keynote, “Open Source Hardware: A Start…” at O’Reilly Media’s Open Source Convention. Open source hardware is a term slowly working its way into many new projects and efforts, but what is it? There are a few definitions, some of which come from “open source software,” which is usually considered software’s “source code under a license (or arrangement such as the public domain) that permits users to study, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form.” So how does this translate to hardware? This session will focus on electronic hardware, the layers they can be divided into, different document types, licensing concerns, and a show-n-tell of hardware. Video Link

Update: The slides are now available


  • Open source hardware, what is it? Here’s a start… – Link
  • MAKE: Blog: Open source hardware Archives – Link
  • More OSCON videos – Link

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