= bringing open source software practices into the world of (open hardware)appliances, where objects are designed, developed, and produced democratically within open communities.
this open object programming project aims to create a whole eco-system of programmable objects
"What if objects were produced the way open source software is developed?
Creating software has become a flexible, collaborative, and adaptable process: projects develop as code is openly shared, reviewed, adapted, and distributed. Simultaneously, home appliances are increasingly dependent on inflexible standards of production leading to a lack of reparability, less adaptability, and more waste. With affordable technologies of digital manufacturing and electronic platforms, translating code into matter is becoming possible for everyone. Programming object thus seek to bring open source software practices into the world of (open hardware)appliances. Moving away from a top-down approach from corporation to consumer, to one where objects are designed, developed, and produced democratically within open communities."
"Traditional household appliances are created as a closed system; when something goes wrong, the most cost-effective solution is to throw out the appliance and replace it with something new. In an age when 3D printing and DIY circuitry make industrial processes accessible to any individual, this team will build upon users’ newfound abilities and opportunities to repair, customize, modify and repurpose existing products, creating a family of appliances designed for disassembly, repair, and modification." (http://bio.si/en/themes/hacking-households/)
- video explanation via http://videolectures.net/bio2014_brevet_howard_households/ and http://vimeo.com/106824084