OSHW producers dispute the claim that their designs and products are strictly for hobbyists. As the so-called “Maker Movement” continues to gather momentum, OSHW enthusiasts are adamant that the practice will follow in the steps of open source software and move into the mainstream.15 Certainly adoption by Facebook indicates that serious players are now involved. The fact that the business model involves the production and logistics of shipping and servicing tangible items bodes well for companies who can excel in those activities. As for the licensing lawyer, open source hardware represents a variation on a theme that we have come to understand in the software field; however, the nature of the licenses and ongoing patent issues may present new challenges.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.