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What is open source hardware? Why is becoming popular? How did we get here? How does it relate to open source software? What are the advantages? What does it mean for hardware companies? How can hardware companies still add value? And… some examples.
We’ve been working with different open hardware platforms for the last 10 years and we’re just stoked to see the trend of hardware commoditization motivating companies to differentiate on adding value vs. protecting past accomplishments. Open source hardware shifts the focus of product development to the applications the hardware enables. It is a trend that is feeding innovation and allowing software developers to quickly create powerful applications that include hardware as part of larger systems.
Minnebar 6 (2011-05-07)