04 – Next Step: OSHW


The open source idea was to enter many areas. Very prominently it is still doing so in the field of hardware. Here is the open source hardware Statement of Principles, crafted by the member of the OSHWA, the Open Source Hardware Association, and friends:

Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware’s source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs.“

Here you can find the full OSHW Definition.

And here is a beautiful TED-talk by Massimo Banzi, one of the founders of the Arduino project – the probably biggest (electronic) open source hardware platform in the world right now:

There are more interesting OSHW-Projects waiting for you behind our calendar windows, so stay tuned!


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