"Open source hardware is designed to be reprogrammed or
physically modified to make it easy to install custom firmware and
software to create entirely new products. The big idea:
crowdsourcing hardware development will encourage innovation in
unforeseen ways, much like how Creative Commons licenses have
enabled artists to remix existing content to create new works.
"The field of open source hardware is increasingly diverse and
includes programmable gadgets, and DIY kits. There is even an open
source chip-processor architecture. Some of these experiments have
been highly successful and others have failed, but all have served
as valuable learning experiences for the communities that emerged
to leverage the resulting technology."