Product Hacking

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A comprehensive list of hacked and hackable products is maintained by Stephen Vermeulen at


  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. Elphel, cameras
  7. Free Telephony Project, provides free reference designs for embedded telephony. Both the hardware and software are open.
  8. Grid Beam Building System, reuseable parts for building
  9. Hexayurt, an open source disaster relief shelter
  10. Ikea Hacker
  11. Jaldi Battery Charger
  12. Lego Factory, design your own kits, in the corporate framework
  13. LugNet, design your own Lego kits, outside the corporate framework
  14. Movisi Open Design Furniture
  15. Multimachine, all-purpose machine tool, an example of Multiple-Purpose Production Technology
  16. Neuros Technology and its OSD Open Source Device
  17. Night Brights, the entire making process of the lights is open source and shared publicly
  18. Open Architecture Network
  19. Open Cola
  20. Open EEG
  21. Open Handset Alliance
  22. Open Micromanufacturing and Nanomanufacturing Equipment
  23. Open Moko, an Open Mobile Telephony project
  24. Open Pattern, embedded electronics for wireless
  25. Open Source Green Vehicle
  26. Open Source Pharma
  27. Open Source Scooter, a project to make a Segway-type vehicle
  28. Open Source Sewing Patterns such as Burdastyle
  29. Open Source Velomobile Development Project
  30. Ronen Kadushin Open Design
  31. Ronja by Twibright Labs, optical point-to-point data link device
  32. Roomba, hackable Vacuuming Robots
  33. SHPEGS Open Energy Project
  34. SolaRoof, open design of solar energy for households
  35. Whirlwind Wheelchair International
  36. Worldbike
  37. x0xb0x, "Roland" MIDI synthesizer
  38. Ybox, an internet connected set-top box

Reference Sites

See the Open Hardware tag for updates.

  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