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Open Source Hardware

January 19, 2009

Another day another wonder. I just found out about Arduino the open source chip. I was wondering when this would happen, a quick wiki search will bring up an article on Electronic Design Automation, gEDA and Magic 7 which in a sense lays the groundwork for open source hardware. Resources such as Open Cores to lookup design documents and tools along the lines of Rep Rap to manufacture the parts. I suppose as it stands that a little bit of a pipe dream. Not that this is any different to Open Source Software. You still need to have a fair bit of technical knowledge, know what your doing and be comfortable troubleshooting the problems that will inevitably crop up but its a start to what could become a beautiful thing. I suppose I sound a bit idealistic but hears to the hope for a more open source society.

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