Some thoughts on Open Hardware by Mike…
Let me start this off by introducing an acronym: NUSPI. It stands for No User Servicable Parts Inside.
To a large extent, Open Hardware is a reaction against NUSPI. Its ideals include the ability to open, inspect, reimplement, and modify hardware whenever, however, and for whatever reason the user wants.
Let’s spin out an extreme example of NUSPI for reference: The device is completely enclosed, and built in a way that makes opening it not only difficult, but dangerous and expensive. Opening the package will almost certainly destroy the device, and even if you can get to the functional parts inside, they’re built in a way that makes them essentially impossible to change.
You might be able to guess where I’m heading with all this…
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