November 5, 2013

Using Open Source Hardware to Conquer New Markets

Few days ago, I stumbled upon Angel, an amazing project for a healthcare/fitness related wristband sensor. The project raised more than 300k$ on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and looks really well designed: what attracted my curiosity (we actually published a news few days ago) tough, was indeed it’s huge call to openness that was – presumably – one of the major drivers of the project success.

In fact, in the project description on the campaign page, the project dubs itself as “Made for Developers”:

“An open eco-system [where] developers will be able to use Angel to create apps for iPhone, Android, and other devices that support Bluetooth 4.0.” thanks to “SDK, drivers and app templates [that] will be released as open source.”

As you may understand, given my huge interest in promoting Open Source Hardware and my (maybe less well know) familiarity with IoT and Wearable technologies (as I consult and strategically support both companies on the provider and industrial side) I was literally thrilled: finally a company that gets it well and understands that liberating hardware from the closed source approach could trigger incredible opportunities in the consumer market.

 

Read more at Open Electronics