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Revision as of 09:18, 1 February 2010

Here below is our own Open Hardware Directory.

For update on new projects, we recommend this feed from the Open Innovation Projects directory.


  1. Free Hardware Design, Open Development, Open Customization ; Open Design, Open Hardware, Open Innovation, Open Source, Open Source Product Design, Open Source Hardware
  2. Citizen Product Design; Co-Creation; Co-Design ; Desktop Manufacturing ; Peer Production Entrepreneurs ; Self-organized Design Communities
  3. Typology by degree of openness: Closed Hardware; Open Interface, Open Design, Open Implementation
  4. It is increasingly easy and popular to share and swap physical goods, i.e. Freecycling‎, using Free Stores‎ and FreeSharing Network‎s. See also: Regifting and Regiving
  5. "Light Green Ecology" points to the necessity to conceptualise material streams in a bio-logical way: Spontaneus abundance and upcycling as principles. Free Resources, Cooperative Cycles


  1. Citizen Product Design
  2. Community Supported Manufacturing
  3. Co-Creation
  4. Co-Design
  5. Crowdsourced Advertising
  6. Crowdsourced Design
  7. Open Customization
  8. Open Design
  9. Open Source Architecture
  10. Open Source Hardware
  11. Open Source Permaculture
  12. Open Hardware
  13. Open P2P Communities
  14. Open Peer to Peer Design
  15. Open Source Hardware
  16. Open Source Physical Objects
  17. Open Source Product Design
  18. Open innovation
  19. Peer Production Entrepreneurs
  20. Personal Fabricators
  21. RepRap
  22. Self-organized Design Communities


Other Directories

  1. The Open source hardware page of the Wikipedia contains many links; See also the Open hardware category page
  2. For news updates on product hacking, see the list maintained by Stephen Vermeulen at http://vermeulen.ca/product-hacking.html
  3. The Open Innovations Project has a well organized, and updated directory of projects which is the best place to gauge the maturity of the various projects. While it as at present not as comprehensive as this list, it has a lot more details per project, and is organized as a real database.
  4. The 2008 Open Source Hardware Directory from Makezine, is conceived as a gift catalogue for hardware hackers.
  5. Oriented to hardware machines, this Thingiverse directory of open designs appears the most sophisticated at present.
  6. Harkopen: an open hardware community with project hosting
  7. Open Collector has a database with open hardware and hardware design tools.
  8. Hardware on Debian Linux - a collection of portals, projects, and tools.
  9. Open Hardware Repository - for electronic hardware designers
  10. Thingiverse is a repository reaching far beyond electronic hardware, rather its for all physical objects that are designed digitally. The special feature is that it lists tools for realisation, Tracks people who design, people who make and people who use.

Development Toolkits

  1. Alliance, free CAD tools and portable libraries for VLSI design
  2. Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.
  3. BeagleBoard - an ultra-low cost, high performance, low power platform for embedded devices with laptop-like performance.
  4. Bluespec, a software tool developed at MIT for designing and testing circuits, making life easier for open-source-hardware engineers
  5. Fritzing, an open-source initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to take the step from physical prototyping to actual product
  6. Gadget Board is a low cost, user friendly microcontroller experimentation board.
  7. Gainer - an environment for user interfaces and media installations to handle sensors and/or actuators with a PC on various programming environments.
  8. LEOX, Complete, free, open source, set of hardware and software components usable to build an embedded computer with its operating system that can be incorporated easily into a FPGA or into an ASIC...
  9. LiberLab, a DIY digital lab at a very low price
  10. Open CASCADE - software development platform freely available in open source.
  11. RepLab


  1. Adafruit Industries, sells kits and parts for original, open source hardware electronics projects
  2. Liquidware: open source electronics shop
  3. Ponoko: 3D Printing shop
  4. n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com: an open source web site under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license: in which generative design methods are used to create new forms of products with the use of rapid prototyping methods. It allows members to login, download, upload and create designs.
  5. open furniture: OF is an open source platform that exhanges and sells designs. The concept of this effort is to create a company that can be profitable while, at the same time, can keep its interest in the idea of sharing and exchanging. The platform is open to anyone interested in design and it functions based on a point system that facilitates users to download and fabricate products.
  6. SourceShop - an Open Source Platform: SourceShop is a shop of digitally fabricated designer products that can be purchased by anybody. This exchange intends to go beyond its commercial aspect by expanding knowledge towards the world of digital fabrication. The main goal of SourceShop is to share knowledge between students, participants and all interested people of digital fabrication.


  1. Open Hardware Foundation [1]
  2. Shared Design Alliance

Reference Sites:

  1. Appropedia
  2. DesignBreak
  3. InventGeek
  4. Instructables
  5. Makezine: magazine for the DIY makers community [2]
  6. Open Circuits, a wiki for sharing open source electronics knowledge, schematics, board layouts, ports and parts libraries
  7. Open Cores, a loose collection of people who are interested in developing hardware, with a similar ethos to the free software movement"
  8. Open Sustainability Network and its Standarrd blog
  9. SPI, founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software.
  10. TaskForge

Other Resources

  1. Open Hardware License [3]
  2. OpenShorts Podcast: a record of hackable products

Open Products Directory: Electronics


  • s = software open source / developer community
  • h = hardware open for manufacturing

For an alternative topic organization, see the Appropedia Topic Tree

Open CPU

For all updates, go here at http://www.open-innovation-projects.org/project-list/simple?start=0

  • E-Risc: a scaleable RISC microprocessor for embedded applications
  • Gumstix: the world's smallest full function, open source computers.
  • Open SPARC [4] is a project with an already created UltraSPARC T1 multicore chip by Sun Microsystems. As of August 2007 a T2 chip is also in the pipeline Sun's OpenSPARC
  • OpenRISC is a group of developers working to produce a very high performance open source RISC CPU.
  • LEON is an open source 32-bit SPARC-like CPU created by the ESA. It's the standard CPU for the European Space Industry.
  • Coreboot [5], aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware)
  • F-CPU, Freedom CPU project initiated in mid-1998.

Designs that Include a CPU

  • Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple I/O board and a development environment that implements the open source Processing / Wiring language.
  1. Arduino Nano is a small 16MHz embedded micro controller
  • SquidBee - Open Mote based in Arduino for developing sensor networks. "Open Hardware and Source wireless sensor device. The goal of SquidBee is getting an "open mote" to create Sensor Networks"
  • OpenBook - tablet design, positioning between $100 laptop and consumer Tablet PC´s price, which wants allow tablet usage to masses by high volume production.
  • BalloonBoard.org produces open arm-based development boards, aimed at OEMs and further education.
  • PLAICE - an open source hardware and software project developing a powerful in-circuit development tool that combines in one device the features of a FLASH Programmer, Memory Emulator, and High Speed Multi-Channel Logic Analyzer. It runs uClinux.
  • OpenPCD - Open RFID reader/writer project, using AT91SAM7S128 microcontroller.
  • ASoC (ALSA System on Chip).

Graphics cards

Other Electronic Parts and Components

  1. BeagleBoard - an ultra-low cost, high performance, low power platform for embedded devices with laptop-like performance.
  2. Ethernut, Open Source Hardware and Software Project for building tiny Embedded Ethernet Devices
  3. Etherrape: Microcontroller with ethernet
  4. ExpressPCB, manufactures self-designed motherboards
  5. Free IO
  6. Gadget Board is a low cost, user friendly microcontroller experimentation board.
  7. Little Bits: an opensource library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards
  8. Manticore, an open source hardware design for a 3D graphics accelerator
  9. Octopus USB: different Interfaces from the world of microcontroller over an easy USB interface

Open Computers

  1. Bug Labs, a programmable hardware device, The Bug, run on open source software Bugbase s
  2. ECB AT91 - Single-board computer based on the Atmel AT91RM9200 ARM9 processor (180 MHz).
  3. ECB ATmega32/644 - Single-board computer based on the Atmel ATmega32/644 (20 MHz) with webserver-capability and less than 100mA power consumption
  4. OLPC XO-1, One Laptop Per Child project
  5. Open OEM - Project to build the first open source computer,
  6. Qi Hardware NanoNote: an open source hardware handheld mobile PC
  7. Simputer - handheld computer aimed at developing countries
  8. Touch Book ... and Touch Book OS
  9. Via OpenBook: only the case design is open

Open Telephones

  1. Free Telephony Project, Astfin provides free reference designs for embedded telephony. s,h
  2. IP04 Four Port IP-PBX: Open Hardware Four Port IP-PBX
  3. IP08 Eight Port IP-PBX: Similar to IP04 with 8 ports. Will be produced by Atcom.
  4. Maemo: Open source software development kit for mobile internet devices. Founded and maintained by Nokia for there N770, N800, N810 internet tablets.
  5. OMAP Zoom: Enables innovative devices and services to market on all leading mobile operating systems, including Android, Linux, LiMo, Symbian OS, etc..
  6. Open Handset Alliance
  7. Opencellphone.org - an RFID-enabled Open Cellphone project, also called 'TuxPhone'
  8. Open Mobile Gadgets
  9. Open Moko - open phone framework (see Open Mobile Telephony) - update; OpenMoko’s Neo FreeRunner: open source smartphone
  10. Open Pandora [8] - the ultimate open source handheld device.
  11. Ucasterisk, free hardware designs for telephone systems. Both the hardware and software are open.

Open Wireless Hardware

  1. Gray-Hoverman Antenna: For UHF Television Reception
  2. Open Pattern [9], embedded electronics for wireless
  3. Open Router, i.e. Netgear Open Router WGR614L [10]
  4. Sun SPOT is an open source hardware and software platform for sensor networks and battery powered, wireless, embedded development

Other devices primarily based on Electronic Components


For status updates go here at http://www.open-innovation-projects.org/project-list/simple?start=0

  1. Arduino GamePack[11], an Open Source Game Player
  2. Fuzebox: fully open-source, DIY 8-bit game console
  3. Open Pandora: Linux based gaming console
  4. GP2X an open-source, Linux-based handheld video game console and media player created and sold by GamePark Holdings of South Korea.


  1. Fnordlicht:Intelligent Moodlight
  2. Green LED Lamp]: works with renewable energy
  3. LED Throwies - non-destructive graffiti and light displays
  4. Monome 40h - A reconfigurable grid of sixty-four backlit buttons, used via USB. A limited batch of 500 monome 40h has been produced. All the design process, design specifications, firmware and PCB schematics are available online
  5. Night Brights, the entire making process of the lights is open source and shared publicly
  6. Semitone Open Dimmer Project: he development of comfortable standalone digital light dimmers for home use
  7. Strobit Triggr Project:
  8. SpokePOV and MiniPOV - "Spoke POV is an easy-to-make electronic kit toy that turns your bicycle wheel into a customized display!"


  1. Aurora: music mixer for DJ's
  2. AVR Butterfly MP3: Open design for a portable MP3 player, in both hardware and software
  3. AX84 Firefly: The Cooperative Tube Guitar Amp Project
  4. Daisy MP3 Player s,h
  5. Monome: a midi controller for computer-based music that uses community-created, open-source software [12]
  6. Niftymitter: short range FM transmitter based on open source hardware design, handy for small scale radio broadcasts, building a distributed PA system for performances, linking your personal audio player to your car radio, or for general audio experimentation.
  7. SpiffChorder: a platform for building your own USB-based chording keyboard
  8. Traxmod: a small digital audio player using the Microchip PIC32 high speed microcontroller chip
  9. Universal Software Radio Peripheral
  10. x0xb0x, "Roland" MIDI synthesizer
  11. Zoybar: open design guitar that can morph into other instruments [13] [14]


  1. iRobot Create: preassembled mobile robot platform
  2. OpenServo - creating a low cost digital servo for use with RC and robotics projects.
  3. Roomba, hackable Vacuuming Robots
  4. Swarm Robot: "All of the hardware and software is open (in the GPL sense), including parts lists, circuit board and chassis designs, and software." [15]
  5. Willow Project [16], Open Source Robotics


  1. AVR Butterfly Logger: uses the Atmel AVR Butterfly hardware and open source tools to create a cost effective stand alone datalogger for logging light, temperature, voltage or any general sensor value
  2. CFree: high quality telescope optics
  3. Gainer - an environment for user interfaces and media installations to handle sensors and/or actuators with a PC on various programming environments.
  4. Muio, a modular system for sensing and controlling the Real World s,h


  1. Chumby, a powerful little device with Wi-Fi, a 3.5-inch screen and an interface that you can customize s
  2. Elphel, cameras and imaging solutionss,h
  3. gEDA - full GPL'd suite of Electronic Design Automation tools.
  4. iLiad: electronic handheld device which can be used for document reading and editing.
  5. Jaldi Battery Charger s,h
  6. Neuros LINK: a TVPC that connects your TV to the Internet.
  7. Neuros Technology and its OSD Open Source Device
  8. Open Beacon: a free design for an active RFID device
  9. Open Bios, Open Firmware implementations
  10. Open Eyes: an open-hardware open-source system for low-cost eye tracking
  11. Open FM
  12. Open GPS Tracker
  13. Open Micromanufacturing and Nanomanufacturing Equipment
  14. Open PCD: a free hardware design for Proximity Coupling Devices or Open RFID Reader
  15. Open-rTMS - creating a low cost rTMS device and free software to go with it.
  16. OKVM Project, open source console and KVM management software / open source KVM hardware.
  17. Roku Netflix Player [17]
  18. Ronja by Twibright Labs, optical point-to-point data link device
  19. Ybox, an internet connected set-top box

Open Products Directory: Other

'Ready to Use' Consumer Electronics

  1. Chumby: "The internet-alarm clock-information-station does more than just run Linux. With a 3.5” touchscreen, an ARM9, integrated Wi-Fi, and an accelerometer, all wrapped up in a rotund, friendly enclosure, there’s no question that it’s a bona fide consumer gadget."
  2. The VIA OpenBook was a concept for an open source hardware netbook released in 2008. Unfortunately, while VIA has long since launched other netbooks, it seems like this was more a marketing attempt than a full-fledged project.
  3. Qi Hardware NanoNote: an open source hardware handheld mobile PC
  4. OpenMoko’s Neo FreeRunner: open source smartphone

Agriculture, Development, Energy, Environment, and Sustainability

For status updates, go here at http://www.open-innovation-projects.org/project-list/simple?start=0

  1. Absorber Roof:low cost solar absorbing roofing material, details in the public domain
  2. AKVO, open source water and sanitation [18]
  3. Akvopedia: open database on smart and affordable water and sanitation technology, open to be contributed, edited and used
  4. Appropedia Foundation; Website with wiki and forum on open sustainable hardware and related projects[19]
  5. Build-It-Solar - Plans and tools nd nformation to do renewable energy and conservation projects.
  6. Canuckle: designed to be the LEGO of alternative energy. The first project is a highly accurate solar tracker
  7. Concentrated Solar Power Open Source Initiative ; (CSPOSI) - Project Archimedes: hybrid thermal solar collector for distributed power generation and water purification; Software and electronics hardware for concentrated solar power under GNU General Public License [20]
  8. Global Village Construction Set by Open Source Ecology
  9. Good Stove Cost and energy efficient stoves for the use in developing countries [21]
  10. Open Green Tech Database: e5 interlinks Clean Tech companies, research institutes, actors from the Open Source movement, legal experts and development organisations
  11. Open Sustainability Network
  12. Open Shaspa: Social Energy Tracker
  13. OSCirrus, expandable, open source software weather station built on inexpensive hardware and weather sensors.
  14. SHPEGS Open Energy Project (Solar Heat Pump Electrical Generation System): open concept for a renewable base load power station for moderate climates, based on solar and geothermal heat [22]
  15. SolaRoof, open design of solar energy for households
  16. Tweet-a-Watt]: Social Energy Tracker
  17. Your Green Dream: for diy renewable communities
  18. WxMonitor, Open Source Weather Monitoring

Building and Housing, Furniture

  1. Auram CEB Block System] developed at Auroville India: This is the most advanced CEB block system in existence. Sort-of open in that they claim the technology is offered free to the world to use, but don't publish exact plans for anything
  2. Contraptor: aiming to create an open-design construction set,
  3. Fragment Store]: modular self-combined fragments of design furniture
  4. Good Stove, open source stove for the poor
  5. Grid Beam Building System, reuseable parts for building
  6. Hexayurt, an open source disaster relief shelter
  7. Ikea Hacker Do it yourself blog on the base of corporate products
  8. Liberator, aka "Open Farm Tech's Liberator Compressed Earth Block machine; [23]
  9. Makerbeam
  10. MIT House-n 'chassis' system
  11. Movisi Open Design Furniture
  12. Open Architecture Network
  13. Open Remote, an Open Domotics community
  14. Open Sailing: modular marine architecture
  15. Open Source Construction Systems
  16. Open Source House: 2 project; most recent is here
  17. Open Source Induction Furnace Project
  18. Open Source Washing Machine OSWASH

Entertainment, Fashion, Leisure and Learning

  1. Aibo Hack: for Sony's Aibo and some other pet robots, see http://www.aibohack.com/pleo/yapt.htm
  2. Natron und Soda: German language sewing community
  3. Open Source Camera, Stanford University's 'frankencamera' platform
  4. Niketalk: open sneaker community
  5. The Open Source Embroidery project
  6. Open Source Sewing Patterns such as Burdastyle
  7. Pamoyo, open source green fashion label
  8. PlaymoBeach: Customizing of Playmobil
  9. Lego Factory, design your own kits, in the corporate framework
  10. LugNet, design your own Lego kits, outside the corporate framework
  11. Pleo: a toy dinosaur baby robot which is able to behave. The behavior is of course just software... The company producing Pleo is actively supporting community by making the product open for software. See also: http://www.aibohack.com/pleo/yapt.htm
  12. [Pret a Printer], TShirt Designs by Taskforge
  13. Ravelry: a knit and crochet community
  14. Zero Prestige, has captured much of the kiteboarding market through a website for sharing the plans of kites
  15. Zoybar: an Open Design Guitar

Food, Drinks

  1. CandyFab Project, do it yourself sugar printer
  2. Open Cola
  3. [ http://solarcooking.wikia.com/wiki/The_Solar_Cooking_Archive_Wiki Solar Cooking]
  4. Wine Hacking


Related categories: Health

  1. Open Source Medicine
  2. BioBricks: refer to a specific "brand" of open source genetic parts as defined via an open technical standards setting process that is led by the BioBricks Foundation
  3. Open EEG
  4. Open Source Pharma (speculation)
  5. Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD)
  6. OpenStim: The Open Noninvasive Brain Stimulator (see also)
  7. Open Prosthetics Project
  8. Open Spirometry: low cost, open source spirometer
  9. Polonator: the Open Source Genome Sequencer
  10. Whirlwind Wheelchair International

Mobility: Vehicles

Related categories: Transportation.

  1. AeroModeller2: research into an autonomous self-generating hydrogen-bvased zero-emission low-cost low-tech nomad houseboat airship
  2. C,mm,n [24], Dutch Open Source Car project
  3. DIY Drones, amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  4. Do-it-yourself Electronic Fuel Injection [25]
  5. EDAG Open Source Light Car
  6. EVProduction club ([26]) is an organization with a wiki to design and produce open source electric vehicles and complements
  7. Fiat MioA crowdsourced concept car [27]
  8. Microkopter: German 'quadrokopter' miniature helicopter community
  9. LifeTrac, tractor, also called OSTrac, the Open Source Tractor
  10. Local Motors: = maker of the Rally Fighter, a car designed through Crowdsourcing, first to go into production
  11. Open Source Battery Project for Electric Vehicles
  12. Open Source Car: overview page
  13. Open Bicycle Computer: to show and log data that are important when you are on the road with your bicycle
  14. Open Sailing
  15. Open Source Green Vehicle, an attempt to design an environmental friendly SUV using open source principles.
  16. Open Source Hydrogen Car: the Riversimple project
  17. Open Source Scooter, a project to make a Segway-type vehicle
  18. Open Source Velomobile Development Project
  19. Open Waterbike [28]
  20. OSCar
  21. OSCav : open source compressed air vehicle.
  22. OSMC - An open source Motor Control project, meant primarily for robotics but applicable to low-power electric vehicles and other uses
  23. River Simple: a platform for fuel-efficient cars
  24. Sahkoautot, Electric Cars Now!, Finnish project
  25. Transportable Infrastructures for Development and Emergency Support: 7 critical infrastructures
  26. Trev, Two-Seater Renewable Energy Vehicle
  27. Vehicle Design Summit 2.0: aims to create a 4-passenger, 200 MPGe, high-performance industry-standard car with minimal life cycle costs
  28. Worldbike, read What is open source bycicle design?


  1. How to build a 72Volt electric motorcycle
  2. Converting a Mitsubishi to electric with step by step videos.
  3. Build Your Own Electric Car


  1. Callooh, A free hardware CNC router project
  2. Clanking Replicator Project is a bootstrap 3D printer that can make you pretty much anything that can be made from plastic
  3. Contraptor [29]: a DIY open source construction set for experimental personal fabrication, desktop manufacturing, prototyping and bootstrapping.
  4. Desktop CNC router - A three axis cnc machine that can be easily built using standard, home handyman level, tools.
  5. Fabaroni is a homemade 3D printer
  6. [email protected]: a project dedicated to making and using fabbers - machines that can make almost anything, right on your desktop
  7. MAS863 - a simple home 3D scanner
  8. The micRo universal fabricator is a unique system which can be used for both additive (printing) and subtractive (milling, cutting) fabrication. It is a precise, modular tool which allows you to create complex objects out of wood, metal, plastic and more. From: Lumen Lab
  9. Makerbot, a project of RepRap
  10. Microfactories, like oomlout's wire cutting system [30]
  11. Multimachine, all-purpose machine tool, an example of Multiple-Purpose Production Technology
  12. Open Automation Project engineers modular software and electronic components, from which it is possible to assemble an intelligent PC-based mobile robot suitable for home or office environments.
  13. Open 3DP
  14. Open Source CNC Milling Machine
  15. Open Source CNC Systems
  16. Open Source Machine - Home of The MultiMachine, an all-purpose machine tool that can be built by a semi-skilled mechanic with just common hand tools.
  17. Open Source Torch Table, see RepTab
  18. P3P, see Open 3DP, powder-based personal 3D printer student project [31]
  19. RepRap - Replicating Rapid-prototyper is a self-copying 3D printer - a self-replicating machine.
  20. RepTab: a CNC plasma torch table (cuts through steel), by Open Source Ecology
  21. Ronen Kadushin Open Design - a practical repository of physical shape algorithms


  1. CFree: high quality telescope optics, for astronomy