Product Hacking

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

We used this previous compilation as the basis but we continued to develop separately.


  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 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


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. 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...
  4. LiberLab, a DIY digital lab at a very low price

Reference Sites:

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

Open Products


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

Open CPU

  • Open SPARC [1] 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 [2], 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Ethernut, Open Source Hardware and Software Project for building tiny Embedded Ethernet Devices
  2. ExpressPCB, manufactures self-designed motherboards
  3. Free IO
  4. Manticore, an open source hardware design for a 3D graphics accelerator
  5. Open Pattern, embedded electronics for wireless
  6. TuxPhone, an RFID-enabled Open Cellphone project
  7. Ucasterisk, free hardware designs for telephone systems. Both the hardware and software are open.

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. Simputer - handheld computer aimed at developing countries

Open wireless hardware

  • OpenPattern
  • Sun SPOT is an open source hardware and software platform for sensor networks and battery powered, wireless, embedded development

Open Telephones

  1. Free Telephony Project, provides free reference designs for embedded telephony. s,h
  2. Open Handset Alliance
  3. - also called 'TuxPhone'
  4. Open Moko - open phone framework (first use case: FIC neo1973, expected in Q4, 2007), see Open Mobile Telephony
  5. Astfin - Free Telephony Project open source telephony hardware

Other devices primarily based on Electronic Components

  1. Chumby, a powerful little device with Wi-Fi, a 3.5-inch screen and an interface that you can customize s
  2. Daisy MP3 Player s,h
  3. Elphel, cameras s,h
  4. Jaldi Battery Charger s,h
  5. Muio, a modular system for sensing and controlling the Real World s,h
  6. Neuros Technology and its OSD Open Source Device
  7. Night Brights, the entire making process of the lights is open source and shared publicly
  8. Open Bios, Open Firmware implementations
  9. Open EEG
  10. Open FM
  11. Open Micromanufacturing and Nanomanufacturing Equipment
  12. Open Pandora
  13. OKVM Project, open source console and KVM management software / open source KVM hardware.
  14. Ronja by Twibright Labs, optical point-to-point data link device
  15. Roomba, hackable Vacuuming Robots
  16. x0xb0x, "Roland" MIDI synthesizer
  17. Ybox, an internet connected set-top box

Other products

Agriculture, Development and Sustainability

  1. Concentrated Solar Power Open Source Initiative
  2. SHPEGS Open Energy Project
  3. SolaRoof, open design of solar energy for households

Building and Housing, Furniture

  1. Grid Beam Building System, reuseable parts for building
  2. Hexayurt, an open source disaster relief shelter
  3. Open Architecture Network
  4. Ikea Hacker Do it yourself blog on the base of corporate products
  5. Movisi Open Design Furniture

Fashion, Leisure and Learning

  1. Open Source Sewing Patterns such as Burdastyle
  2. Lego Factory, design your own kits, in the corporate framework
  3. LugNet, design your own Lego kits, outside the corporate framework
  4. [Pret a Printer], TShirt Designs by Taskforge

Food, Drinks, Drugs etc,

  1. Open Cola
  2. Open Source Pharma (speculation)


  1. C,mm,n, Dutch Open Source Car project
  2. Open Prosthetics Project
  3. Open Source Green Vehicle
  4. Open Source Scooter, a project to make a Segway-type vehicle
  5. Open Source Velomobile Development Project
  6. Transportable Infrastructures for Development and Emergency Support: 7 critical infrastructures
  7. Worldbike
  8. Whirlwind Wheelchair International


  1. Multimachine, all-purpose machine tool, an example of Multiple-Purpose Production Technology
  2. Ronen Kadushin Open Design - a practical repository of physical shape algorithms