Open hardware: How and why it works

Applying open source concepts to physical objects

From the developerWorks archives

Jeffrey M. Osier-Mixon

Date archived: May 14, 2019 | First published: November 02, 2010

Open source has been a successful driver in software innovation, but how does it -- or how can it -- apply to hardware? A number of hardware projects are testing open source concepts, from microprocessors to microcontrollers to complete single-board computers. This article discusses licensing, availability, community, and other challenges and successes in making hardware open.

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