pt is up on stage now, showing off his gadgety goodness. His opening slide says, in giant letters, “If you can’t open it, you don’t own it.” Showing off his classic “Popular Mechanics”-type magazine and book covers (saw them at PME – I have some photos somewhere). Notes:
- If open source software is a good idea, and open standards are a good idea, isn’t open source hardware a good idea?
- Hardware hacking is coming back into style.
- New devices, cheap hardware, documentation, and interest are all growing.
- The return of the kit
- Surplus of old electronics from around the world (nixie tubes, etc.)
- Millions of old digital cameras – kite aerial photography, rockets, time lapse, GPS logging, etc.
- Electronic hacktivsm – TV-B-Gone, LED Throwies, etc.
- Robotics kits, Roomba’s “open interface”, and companies selling kits to hack them
- Rapid prototyping in Lego
- The best way to predict the future is to build it.
- Google Earth and Sketchup 3D are leading to real, physical products
- Parts are cheap, shipping is expensive
- What needs to be a kit? (baby warmers, transportation, etc.)
- Ideas for open source hardware from the room: power measurement and management, IPTV (open source radio), HVAC, last mile internet infrastructure, logging and sensors, personal area cellphone jammer, event in a box, housing plans, solar power, biodiesel refining, musical instruments, etc.
- There’s not a lot of money in this, but there’s good in it (water filtration, voting machines, medical equipment, etc.)
- What are the hardware hacking communities? Instructables.com, Make Magazine (of course ;-))
Great presentation by pt, but I felt like I had seen/heard most of it before – guess that’s what I get for ravenously devouring information about cool geeky stuff. No less effective at stimulating thought, though. Thanks, Phil!