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. 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. Bug Labs, a programmable hardware device, The Bug, run on open source software Bugbase
  4. Chumby, a powerful little device with Wi-Fi, a 3.5-inch screen and an interface that you can customize
  5. Concentrated Solar Power Open Source Initiative
  6. Coreboot, aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware)
  7. Daisy MP3 Player
  8. Elphel, cameras
  9. Ethernut, Open Source Hardware and Software Project for building tiny Embedded Ethernet Devices
  10. ExpressPCB, manufactures self-designed motherboards
  11. Free IO
  12. Free Telephony Project, provides free reference designs for embedded telephony. Both the hardware and software are open.
  13. Grid Beam Building System, reuseable parts for building
  14. Hexayurt, an open source disaster relief shelter
  15. Ikea Hacker
  16. Jaldi Battery Charger
  17. Lego Factory, design your own kits, in the corporate framework
  18. 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...
  19. LiberLab, a DIY digital lab at a very low price
  20. LugNet, design your own Lego kits, outside the corporate framework
  21. Manticore, an open source hardware design for a 3D graphics accelerator
  22. Movisi Open Design Furniture
  23. Muio, a modular system for sensing and controlling the Real World
  24. Multimachine, all-purpose machine tool, an example of Multiple-Purpose Production Technology
  25. Neuros Technology and its OSD Open Source Device
  26. Night Brights, the entire making process of the lights is open source and shared publicly
  27. Open Architecture Network
  28. Open Bios, Open Firmware implementations
  29. Open Cola
  30. Open EEG
  31. Open FM
  32. Open Graphics Project
  33. Open Handset Alliance
  34. Open Micromanufacturing and Nanomanufacturing Equipment
  35. Open Moko, an Open Mobile Telephony project
  36. Open Pandora
  37. Open Pattern, embedded electronics for wireless
  38. Open Source Green Vehicle
  39. Open Source Pharma
  40. Open Source Scooter, a project to make a Segway-type vehicle
  41. Open Source Sewing Patterns such as Burdastyle
  42. Open Source Velomobile Development Project
  43. Open Sparc
  44. OKVM Project, open source console and KVM management software / open source KVM hardware.
  45. Ronen Kadushin Open Design
  46. Ronja by Twibright Labs, optical point-to-point data link device
  47. Roomba, hackable Vacuuming Robots
  48. SHPEGS Open Energy Project
  49. SolaRoof, open design of solar energy for households
  50. Ucasterisk, free hardware designs for telephone systems. Both the hardware and software are open.
  51. Whirlwind Wheelchair International
  52. Worldbike
  53. x0xb0x, "Roland" MIDI synthesizer
  54. Ybox, an internet connected set-top box

Reference Sites

See the Open Hardware tag for updates.

  1. Appropedia
  2. InventGeek
  3. Instructables
  4. Open Circuits, a wiki for sharing open source electronics knowledge, schematics, board layouts, ports and parts libraries
  5. Open Cores, a loose collection of people who are interested in developing hardware, with a similar ethos to the free software movement"
  6. Open Sustainability Network and its Standarrd blog
  7. SPI, founded to help organizations develop and distribute open hardware and software.
  8. 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 Physical Objects
  16. Open Source Product Design
  17. Open innovation
  18. Peer Production Entrepreneurs
  19. Personal Fabricators
  20. RepRap
  21. Self-organized Design Communities