June 21, 2009, 12:15 am
Wired looks at open source hardware: "The open source movement gave rise to Linux and spawned a generation of collaborative coders. Now it's extending its reach to the hardware industry. Open source hardware is designed to be reprogrammed or physically modified to make it easy to install custom firmware and software to create entirely new products. The big idea: crowdsourcing hardware development will encourage innovation in unforeseen ways, much like how Creative Commons licenses have enabled artists to remix existing content to create new works."