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

Examples

  1. Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.
  2. Bug Labs, a programmable hardware device, The Bug, run on open source software Bugbase
  3. Chumby, a powerful little device with Wi-Fi, a 3.5-inch screen and an interface that you can customize
  4. Concentrated Solar Power Open Source Initiative
  5. Daisy MP3 Player
  6. Free Telephony Project, provides free reference designs for embedded telephony. Both the hardware and software are open.
  7. Grid Beam Building System, reuseable parts for building
  8. Hexayurt, an open source disaster relief shelter
  9. Ikea Hacker
  10. Jaldi Battery Charger
  11. Lego Factory, design your own kits, in the corporate framework
  12. LugNet, design your own Lego kits, outside the corporate framework
  13. Movisi Open Design Furniture
  14. Multimachine, all-purpose machine tool, an example of Multiple-Purpose Production Technology
  15. Neuros Technology and its OSD Open Source Device
  16. Night Brights, the entire making process of the lights is open source and shared publicly
  17. Open Architecture Network
  18. Open Cola
  19. Open EEG
  20. Open Micromanufacturing and Nanomanufacturing Equipment
  21. Open Moko, an Open Mobile Telephony project
  22. Open Source Green Vehicle
  23. Open Source Pharma
  24. Open Source Scooter, a project to make a Segway-type vehicle
  25. Open Source Sewing Patterns such as Burdastyle
  26. Open Source Velomobile Development Project
  27. Ronen Kadushin Open Design
  28. Ronja by Twibright Labs, optical point-to-point data link device
  29. Roomba, hackable Vacuuming Robots
  30. SHPEGS Open Energy Project
  31. SolaRoof, open design of solar energy for households
  32. Whirlwind Wheelchair International
  33. Worldbike
  34. x0xb0x, "Roland" MIDI synthesizer
  35. Ybox, an internet connected set-top box

Reference Sites

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


Related Concepts

  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 Hardware
  12. Open P2P Communities
  13. Open Peer to Peer Design
  14. Open Source Hardware
  15. Open Source Product Design
  16. Open innovation
  17. Peer Production Entrepreneurs
  18. Personal Fabricators
  19. RepRap
  20. Self-organized Design Communities