Open hardware can yield dividends
Feb 09, 2011, 21:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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."