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Open hardware can yield dividends

Feb 09, 2011, 21:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

[ Thanks to Sam Varghese for this link. ]

"A few years ago, when Jonathan Oxer, former Linux Australia president, author, and owner of a web design company, started playing around with the Arduino, he was doing it for the sheer intellectual pleasure.

"His experiments have yielded unexpected dividends - soon, under the label Freetronics, several products built using the Arduino as a base, will start appearing on the shelves of Jaycar Electronics, a popular store in Australia.

"Interest in open hardware has also grown to the point where it is beginning to look likely that an open hardware conference may take place in Melbourne this year.

"Oxer told iTWire that five resellers in Australia, two in New Zealand and one in Germany would sell the products, things like an ethernet shield and ethernet midspan injector."

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