Inspiring Examples Of Open Source Innovation
Originally published on the Crisscrossed blog.
Open source software has become a strong movement and as it gains popularity it leads most software companies to engage with the expanding open source community. All things digital, being it music, photos, etc., have in one way or another become free thanks to some clever licenses. What is not so often noticed is how the vision of open source spreads to other sectors and leads to a fascinating array of tools, thanks for example to 3D printing, and communities, which form a new way of open collaboration. I made a small exploration to search for great projects.
To begin with, there is a nice definition by the University of Hamburg:
Open Source Innovation, according to our definition, refers to an innovation, which is (1) generated through volunteer contributions and (2) characterised by a non-market transfer of knowledge between the actors involved in invention and those involved in exploitation. Open Source Innovation project
Products and tools
- Open source washing machine project
- The carpenter for plastic: An Open Source Plastic-Recycling Machine
- FarmBot: Open-Source CNC Farming
- An open digital cinema camera crowdfunding project and the open source camera from Apertus for film production
- Makerbot: Collection of open source scientific tools
- uH Bench: Open source public bench
- SketchChair: A free, open-source software tool that allows anyone to easily design and build their own digitally fabricated furniture
- Myriad RF: A family of open source hardware projects for wireless communications
- VillageTelco: An easy-to-use, scalable, standards-based, wireless local, DIY, telephone company toolkit
- Andre: Free Open Source Race Car Designs
- OpenEnergyMonitor: A project to develop open-source energy monitoring tools to help us relate to our use of energy
- AirPi: A Raspberry Pi driven sensor capable of recording and uploading information about the environment
- WikiHouse: WikiHouse is an open source building system to design, print and assemble low-energy homes
- Great guide: What is Open Source Lab Equipment?
- Libre3D: The great world of 3D printing
- Open source machine tools with a 7000+ member community
- Farm hack: Open Source Community for resilience agriculture
- Tindie: A community marketplace for hardware creators and enthusiasts
- Poppy: An open-source platform for the creation, use and sharing of interactive 3D printed robots
- OSFashion: A community of helpful innovators working within fashion, retail, and technology
- Public Lab: A community to learn how to investigate environmental concerns using inexpensive DIY techniques
- Quirky: Inventor community
Do you know of any other projects and communities? Tell me about in the comment section!