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Has Open-source hardware reached its tipping point?

Oct 19, 2009, 11:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sharma)

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"The idea is simple – take the principles of open-source software and apply them to a low-cost assimilation of off-the-shelf camera parts tied together with a Linux-based OS that's available to everyone for modification. Forget proprietary APIs and SDKs, this is the holy grail for people that spent their school breaks soldering radios.

"When (not if) this union of open hardware and software specifications trickles down to consumer-grade cameras, you'll be able to super-size your point-and-shoot to take RAW shots, or use more pre-configured modes for shooting at night, or make use of the ability to adjust the auto-timer settings and more. Just like with open-source software, you don't need to meddle with the innards of the camera: pick it off the shelf, connect to the internet, and fetch the wisdom of the community in a firmware upgrade. Or just order a supercharged modded version that'll shoot under water and has a hot shoe for attaching a custom flash."

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