Product Hacking

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A comprehensive list of hacked and hackable products is maintained by Stephen Vermeulen at http://vermeulen.ca/product-hacking.html


Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. • Bug Labs, a programmable hardware device, The Bug, run on open source software Bugbase • Chumby, a powerful little device with Wi-Fi, a 3.5-inch screen and an interface that you can customize • Concentrated Solar Power Open Source InitiativeDaisy MP3 PlayerFree Telephony Project, provides free reference designs for embedded telephony. Both the hardware and software are open. • Grid Beam Building System, reuseable parts for building • Hexayurt, an open source disaster relief shelter • Ikea HackerJaldi Battery ChargerLego Factory, design your own kits, in the corporate framework • LugNet, design your own Lego kits, outside the corporate framework • Movisi Open Design FurnitureNeuros Technology and its OSD Open Source DeviceNight Brights, the entire making process of the lights is open source and shared publicly • Open ColaOpen Micromanufacturing and Nanomanufacturing EquipmentOpen Moko, an Open Mobile Telephony project • Open Source Green VehicleOpen Source PharmaOpen Source Scooter, a project to make a Segway-type vehicle • Open Source Sewing Patterns such as BurdastyleOpen Source Velomobile Development ProjectRonen Kadushin Open DesignRonja by Twibright Labs, optical point-to-point data link device • Roomba, hackable Vacuuming Robots • SHPEGS Open Energy ProjectWhirlwind Wheelchair InternationalWorldbikeYbox, an internet connected set-top box


Reference Sites

Appropedia InstructablesOpen Circuits, a wiki for sharing open source electronics knowledge, schematics, board layouts, ports and parts libraries • Open Cores, a loose collection of people who are interested in developing hardware, with a similar ethos to the free software movement" • Open Sustainability Network and its Standarrd blog • TaskForge


Related Concepts

Citizen Product DesignCo-CreationCo-DesignCrowdsourced AdvertisingCrowdsourced DesignOpen CustomizationOpen DesignOpen Source HardwareOpen HardwareOpen P2P CommunitiesOpen Peer to Peer DesignOpen Source HardwareOpen Source Product DesignOpen innovationPeer Production EntrepreneursPersonal FabricatorsRepRapSelf-organized Design Communities