The convergence of crowdfunding and open source is having some unexpected results.
A modular laptop built with a Raspberry Pi. An ergonomic, programmable, mechanical keyboard made from slabs of maple, so it looks like a solid-state electric guitar. A device that plugs into a wall socket that allows you to control devices from your smart phone.
What do these and hundreds of other devices – from wearable tech to portable solar chargers – have in common? First, all of them are being crowdfunded. Second, many are being boot-strapped with open source software.