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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

OpenSource Hardware: The next revolution

Recently Open-source Hardware summit was held in NY when all the Open Source geeks and gurus met to discuss on the next big thing: Open Source Hardware. For ages, electronics had been formidably closed and only a handful of corporates and big players had access. With the growth of open source software, people had freedom from the propitiatory software. The similar revolution was started with the AVR microcontrollers from Atmel as they gave the complete tool chain for free(story of AVR). Now this idea has come to a much mature phase where a global standard for hardware would be adopted:
The standard definition says:
Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Statement of Principles (Draft)
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.
This spec has already approached a 1.1 of release. Here is the 0.4 draft that it began with.
We wish all the OHS supporters best of luck and would try our level best to contribut this movement.

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