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Future of Open Source: Hack This Gadget

Jun 17, 2009, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"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."

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