All this month we’ve been posting about open-source hardware, some of the folks who make and share it, and some open-source hardware history. Today’s post is an example of wanting to build something, but not wanting to sell or manufacture it. However! What if you still wanted to share it? Open-source hardware and software, allows you to scratch that itch and avoid being on the hook for actually mass manufacturing something.
Some artists want to make the art and have others distribute it as an efficient and interesting form of expression which in itself is the art. Others want to make art that must and only be viewed in a gallery. And others just want to cause some problems and make you think.
10 years ago we tried to make an open source flash light to make us puke (video) –
“Do-it-yourself Handheld LED-Based Incapacitator: THE BEDAZZLER… Ladyada and Phil Torrone have just published an open source “Homeland Security” project, a non-lethal LED-Based Incapacitator: THE BEDAZZLER. After attending a conference where the $1million “sea-sick flashlight” (THE DAZZLER) was demoed by Homeland Security, the duo decided to created an under $250 version and recently released the source code, schematics and PCB files.”
- Adafruit’s DIY ‘less lethal’ weapon looks cool, doesn’t really work – Engadget.
- How To Build Your Own Vomit Gun for $250 – Neatorama.
- Hardware Hackers Create a Cheaper Bedazzler – Slashdot.
- Open Source Homeland Security: The $250 DIY Bedazzler Induces Nausea via LEDs – Popular Science.
- OPEN SOURCE WEAPON MAKES YOU PUKE – HACKADAY.
- Build Your Own DHS-Approved “Seasickness Weapon”! – GIZMODO.
Open source hardware month @ Adafruit:
- Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories – Day 23, 10/23/2019.
- MicroPython, bringing Python to hardware for everyone – Day 22, 10/22/2019.
- Open Hardware Month Hack Chat at Hackaday.io – Day 21, 10/21/2019.
- Parallax Open-source hardware – Day 20, 10/20/2019.
- Growing Your Open Business – A Digital Meetup for Open Hardware Month – Day 19, 10/19/2019.
- Open-source hardware at the Museum of Modern Art, posted on 10/19/2019 – Day 18, 10/18/2019.
- Open Hardware Licenses CC BY-SA, CERN, TAPR … – Day 17, 10/17/2019.
- Open Source Hardware Month at SparkFun – Day 16, 10/16/2019.
- How many Open-Source Prusa 3D printers are there? Posted on 10/19/2019 – Day 15, 10/15/2019.
- The RepRap Project Self-Replicating Open-Source 3D Printing – Day 14, 10/13/2019.
- The first 2 orders at Adafruit… now up to 2,161,166 orders – Day 13, 10/13/2019.
- Photos of the first Arduino (2005) – Day 12, 10/12 2019.
- In 2010 there were 13 Open Source Hardware companies that were making $1 million or more… – Day 11, 10/11/2019
- Opening Hardware 2010 at Eyebeam in NYC – Day 10, 10/10/2019.
- The Open Source Gift Guide, the early years – Day 9, 10/9/2019 (posted it on 10/10/2019, whoops)
- Before the iPhone, before the Raspberry Pi, before Amazon Echo Show, there was Chumby – Day 8, 10/8/2019.
- Mitch Altman Open-source hardware pioneer – Day 7, 10/7/2019.
- The Open Source logo(s) – Day 6, 10/6/2019.
- Open Source Hardware events all month long, EVENTS! – Day 5, 10/5/2019.
- Open Source Hardware Certifications and more! – Day 4, 10/4/2019.
- Teuthis Open Source MP3 Player 2001 – Daisy by Raphael Abrams – Day 3, 10/3/2019.
- What is the Open-Source Hardware Definition? – Day 2, 10/2/2019.
- Open hardware summit – Limor “Ladyada” Fried keynote 2010 – Day 1, 10/1/2019.
October is open-source hardware month! Every single day in October we’ll be posting up some open-source stories from the last decade (and more!) about open-source hardware, open-source software, and beyond!
Have an open-source hardware (or software) success story? A person, company, or project to celebrate? An open-source challenge? Post up here in the comments or email email@example.com, we’ll be looking for, and using the tag #OHM2019 online as well! Check out all the events going on here!