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* Akiba, [http://www.freaklabs.org/ FreakLabs]
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* Joseph H Althaus
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* Mitch Altman [http://cornfieldelectronics.com/ Cornfield Electronics]
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* Chris Anderson, [http://www.diydrones.com/ 3D Robotics/DIY Drones]
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* David Ankers & James Cotton, [http://www.OpenPilot.org The OpenPilot Foundation]
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* Andrew Back [http://oshug.org Open Source Hardware User Group]
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* Asim Baig, [http://www.tinkeract.com/ Tinkeract]
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* Massimo Banzi [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino]
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* Jim Barkley, [http://www.mitre.org/ The MITRE Corporation]
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* Geoffrey L. Barrows, [http://www.centeye.com Centeye, Inc.] and [http://www.embeddedeye.com Embedded Eye]
 
* Ayah Bdeir, [http://www.littleBits.cc littleBits.cc]/[http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam]/[http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
 
* Ayah Bdeir, [http://www.littleBits.cc littleBits.cc]/[http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam]/[http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
* Christian Siefkes, [http://www.keimform.de/ keimform.de]
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* Matthew Beckler, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
* Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger [http://labs.nortd.com/ Nortd Labs] [http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam] [http://lasersaur.com/ Lasersaur]
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* Mario Behling, [http://mbm.vn/ MBM]
* John  Wilbanks, [http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
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* Bryan Bishop, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://humanityplus.org/ Humanity+]
* Windell Oskay, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
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* Bastian Bittorf [http://bittorf-wireless.de/ bittorf wireless ))]
* Limor Fried, [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
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* Boseji [http://m8051.blogspot.com Electronics For Bharat]|[http://adharlabs.in A.D.H.A.R Labs]
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* Rémi Boulle, [http://www.april.org/ April]
 
* Eric Boyd, [http://sensebridge.net/ Sensebridge]
 
* Eric Boyd, [http://sensebridge.net/ Sensebridge]
* Phillip Torrone, [http://www.makezine.com/ MAKE magazine] [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
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* Luigi Carnevale, [http://www.droids.it/ Droids]
* Chris Anderson, [http://www.diydrones.com/ 3D Robotics/DIY Drones]
 
* Massimo Banzi [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino]
 
* Ben Leduc-Mills [http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~ctg/Craft_Tech.html Craft Technology Lab]
 
* Nathan Seidle [http://www.sparkfun.com SparkFun Electronics]
 
* Tom Igoe, [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino] [http://itp.nyu.edu ITP, NYU]
 
 
* David Carrier, [http://www.parallax.com Parallax Inc.]
 
* David Carrier, [http://www.parallax.com Parallax Inc.]
* Bryan Bishop, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://humanityplus.org/ Humanity+]
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* Dan Clark [http://gzero.org GroundZero Labs]
* Andrew Plumb, [http://clothbot.com/wiki/Main_Page ClothBot Designs]
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* Charles Collis, [http://www.adciv.org AdCiv.org]
* Andrew Stone, [http://www.toastedcircuits.com Toasted Circuits]
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* Constantin Craciun [http://harkopen.com/ Harkopen.com - open source hardware community]
* David Siren Eisner, [http://www.inmojo.com InMojo]
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* David Dahl
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* Hong Phuc Dang [http://fossasia.org/ FOSSASIA]
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* John M. De Cristofaro
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* Stacy L. Devino, [http://doesitpew.blogspot.com/ Does it Pew?][http://www.stacydevino.com/ aka childofthehorn]
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* Lenore Edman, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
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* Charles Edward Pax, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
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* Robert Fitzsimons [http://partfusion.com/ Part Fusion Electronics]
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* Limor Fried, [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
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* Daniel Garcia [http://www.protostack.com Protostack]
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* Andy Gelme, [http://hackmelbourne.org Connected Community HackerSpace], Melbourne, Australia and [http://geekscape.org Geekscape Pty. Ltd.]
 
* Alicia Gibb [http://www.buglabs.net Bug Labs]
 
* Alicia Gibb [http://www.buglabs.net Bug Labs]
* Eric Michaud [http://www.i11industries.com i11 Industries]
 
* Andrew Back [http://oshug.org Open Source Hardware User Group]
 
* Andy Gelme, [http://hackmelbourne.org Connected Community HackerSpace], Melbourne, Australia and [http://geekscape.org Geekscape Pty. Ltd.]
 
* Jonathan Oxer, [http://www.freetronics.com/ Freetronics]
 
* Will Pickering, [http://www.FunGizmos.com FunGizmos]
 
* Frédéric Jourdan, [http://shop.snootlab.com Snootlab]
 
* Jean-Marc Giacalone, [http://www.emakershop.com eMAKERshop]
 
* Adam Wolf, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
 
 
* Steve Gifford, [http://www.chipstobits.com Chips To Bits]
 
* Steve Gifford, [http://www.chipstobits.com Chips To Bits]
* Cécile Montagne, [http://open-devices.com open-devices]
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* Thomas Gokey, [http://thomasgokey.com/ artist]
* David A. Mellis, [http://arduino.cc Arduino]
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* James Grahame, [http://reflexaudio.com Reflex Audio] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
* Dustyn Roberts, [http://www.dustynrobots.com/ dustynrobots]
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* Greg Grossmeier, [http://grossmeier.net Open Evangelist]
* Catarina Mota, [http://openmaterials.org openMaterials]
 
 
* George Hadley, [http://nbitwonder.com NBitWonder]
 
* George Hadley, [http://nbitwonder.com NBitWonder]
* Stacy L. Devino, [http://doesitpew.blogspot.com/ Does it Pew?][http://www.stacydevino.com/ aka childofthehorn]
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* Usman Haque, [http://www.pachube.com/ Pachube]
* Joseph H Althaus
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* Steve Hoefer [http://grathio.com/ Grathio Labs]
* Jimmie P. Rodgers [http://jimmieprodgers.com/ JimmiePRodgers.com]
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* Dave Hrynkiw [http://www.solarbotics.com/ Solarbotics Ltd.], [http://www.hvwtech.com/ HVW Technologies]
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* Tom Igoe, [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino] [http://itp.nyu.edu ITP, NYU]
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* Chris Jefferies, [http://chrisjx.wordpress.com/ Tinaja Labs]
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* Ron K. Jeffries, Jeffries Research
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* Frédéric Jourdan, [http://shop.snootlab.com Snootlab]
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* Jeff Karney [http://jkdevices.com JK Devices]
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* Jeff Keyzer [http://mightyohm.com MightyOhm Engineering]
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* Peter Kirn, [http://createdigitalmusic.com Create Digital Music] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
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* Scot Kornak, [http://www.busboard.us/ BusBoard Prototype Systems Ltd.]
 
* Michael Krumpus [http://nootropicdesign.com/ nootropic design]
 
* Michael Krumpus [http://nootropicdesign.com/ nootropic design]
* J. Simmons [http://mach30.org/ Mach 30: Foundation for Space Development]
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* Anil Kumar Pugalia ([http://profession.sarika-pugs.com Pugs' Passion])
* Dave Hrynkiw [http://www.solarbotics.com/ Solarbotics Ltd.], [http://www.hvwtech.com/ HVW Technologies]
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* Jon Kuniholm, [http://openprosthetics.ning.com/ The Open Prosthetics Project]
* Andrew Sliwinski [http://www.omnicorpdetroit.com/ OmniCorpDetroit]
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* Ben Leduc-Mills [http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~ctg/Craft_Tech.html Craft Technology Lab]
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* John Lejeune, [http://hackable-devices.org h:D]
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* Nicholas C Lewis, [http://reprapbreeding.com/ A RapRap Breeding Program]
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* Marcus A. Link [http://www.manupool.de Manupool - A Product Development Community]
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* Ben Lipkowitz, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://reprap.org/ reprap]
 
* Federico Lucifredi [http://www.novell.com/linux/ SUSE Linux]
 
* Federico Lucifredi [http://www.novell.com/linux/ SUSE Linux]
* Bill Shaw [http://inanimatereason.com/ Inanimate Reason]
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* Guy Macon [http://GuyMacon.com/ Geek Whisperers]
* Steve Hoefer [http://grathio.com/ Grathio Labs]
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* Jean-Marc Giacalone, [http://www.emakershop.com eMAKERshop]
* Constantin Craciun [http://harkopen.com/ Harkopen.com - open source hardware community]
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* Alexandre Marino [http://www.alreves.org/ Al Revés]
* Marcus A. Link [http://www.manupool.de Manupool - A Product Development Community]
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* Jon Masters [http://www.jonmasters.org/ www.jonmasters.org]
 
* Adam Mayer, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
 
* Adam Mayer, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
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* Stuart McFarlan, [http://www.oomlout.com .:oomlout:.]
 
* Sascha Meinrath, [http://oti.newamerica.net/ Open Technology Initiative]
 
* Sascha Meinrath, [http://oti.newamerica.net/ Open Technology Initiative]
* Charles Edward Pax, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
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* David A. Mellis, [http://arduino.cc Arduino]
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* Eric Michaud [http://www.i11industries.com i11 Industries]
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* Cláudio Miklós, [http://www.miklos.blog.br/ Miklos Blog]
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* Amon Millner [http://scratch.mit.edu/ Scratch & MIT], [http://www.olin.edu/ Olin College], and [http://modk.it/ Modkit]
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* Jeff Moe, [http://www.alephobjects.com/ Aleph Objects, Inc.]
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* Roy Mohan Shearer, [http://www.openthing.org/ Openthing]
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* Louis Montagne, [http://bearstech.com Bearstech]
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* Cécile Montagne, [http://open-devices.com open-devices]
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* William Morris, [http://www.iheartrobotics.com I Heart Robotics]/[http://www.iheartengineering.com I Heart Engineering]
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* Catarina Mota, [http://openmaterials.org openMaterials]
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* Joel Murphy [http://www.rachelselectronics.com/ Rachel's Electronics] [http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-design-technology/ Parsons D+T]
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* Chris Murray, [http://www.unitedgreenworks.com/ United Greenworks Association]
 
* Raghavan Nagabhirava
 
* Raghavan Nagabhirava
* Wim Vandeputte, [http://kd85.com kd85]
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* Juergen Neumann, [http://www.ohanda.org/ OHANDA - Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance]
* Bernt Weber, [http://www.splashelec.com/ Splashelec]
 
* Chris Walker, [http://www.netduino.com Netduino] [http://www.secretlabs.com Secret Labs]
 
* Samuel Sayer, [http://www.mitre.org The MITRE Corporation]
 
* Geoffrey L. Barrows, [http://www.centeye.com Centeye, Inc.] and [http://www.embeddedeye.com Embedded Eye]
 
* Nis Sarup
 
* Lenore Edman, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
 
* Charles Yarnold
 
* Peter Kirn, [http://createdigitalmusic.com Create Digital Music] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
 
 
* Pierce Nichols [http://logos-electro.com Logos Electromechanical LLC]
 
* Pierce Nichols [http://logos-electro.com Logos Electromechanical LLC]
* Hong Phuc Dang [http://fossasia.org/ FOSSASIA]
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* Windell Oskay, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
* Johnny Russell [http://ultimachine.com/ UltiMachine]
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* Michael Ossmann, [http://greatscottgadgets.com/ Great Scott Gadgets]
* Amon Millner [http://scratch.mit.edu/ Scratch & MIT], [http://www.olin.edu/ Olin College], and [http://modk.it/ Modkit]
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* Raúl Oviedo [http://ayudaelectronica.com/ Ingenieria Electronica]
* Jon Masters [http://www.jonmasters.org/ www.jonmasters.org]
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* Jonathan Oxer, [http://www.freetronics.com/ Freetronics]
* Jim Barkley, [http://www.mitre.org/ The MITRE Corporation]
 
* Louis Montagne, [http://bearstech.com Bearstech]
 
 
* Mitch Patterson(mitpatterson) [http://mitchstechblog.wordpress.com/ Mitch's Tech Blog]
 
* Mitch Patterson(mitpatterson) [http://mitchstechblog.wordpress.com/ Mitch's Tech Blog]
* Mitch Altman [http://cornfieldelectronics.com/ Cornfield Electronics]
 
* Daniel Garcia [http://www.protostack.com Protostack]
 
* Carmen Trudell [http://www.fluxxlab.com Fluxxlab]
 
* Jeff Keyzer [http://mightyohm.com MightyOhm Engineering]
 
* Robert Fitzsimons [http://partfusion.com/ Part Fusion Electronics]
 
* David Ankers & James Cotton, [http://www.OpenPilot.org The OpenPilot Foundation]
 
* Jeff Karney [http://jkdevices.com JK Devices]
 
* John Lejeune, [http://hackable-devices.org h:D]
 
* Jon Kuniholm, [http://openprosthetics.ning.com/ The Open Prosthetics Project]
 
* Akiba, [http://www.freaklabs.org/ FreakLabs]
 
* Raúl Oviedo [http://ayudaelectronica.com/ Ingenieria Electronica]
 
* Juergen Neumann, [http://www.ohanda.org/ OHANDA - Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance]
 
* Charles Collis, [http://www.adciv.org AdCiv.org]
 
* Brandon Stafford, [http://rascalmicro.com Rascal Micro]
 
* James Grahame, [http://reflexaudio.com Reflex Audio] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
 
* Joel Murphy [http://www.rachelselectronics.com/ Rachel's Electronics] [http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-design-technology/ Parsons D+T]
 
* Diego Spinola [http://www.hackeneering.com/ Hackeneering]
 
* Thomas Gokey, [http://thomasgokey.com/ artist]
 
 
* Hélio Pereira
 
* Hélio Pereira
* Michael Ossmann, [http://greatscottgadgets.com/ Great Scott Gadgets]
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* Sterling Pickens, [http://www.linuxsociety.org/ linuxsociety]
* William Morris, [http://www.iheartrobotics.com I Heart Robotics]/[http://www.iheartengineering.com I Heart Engineering]
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* Will Pickering, [http://www.FunGizmos.com FunGizmos]
* Usman Haque, [http://www.pachube.com/ Pachube]
 
 
* Frank Piller, [http://tim.rwth-aachen.de/ rwth-aachen university]
 
* Frank Piller, [http://tim.rwth-aachen.de/ rwth-aachen university]
* Asim Baig, [http://www.tinkeract.com/ Tinkeract]
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* Andrew Plumb, [http://clothbot.com/wiki/Main_Page ClothBot Designs]
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* Alok Prasad
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* Mike Provenzano, Progunn Industries
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* Matthieu Quadrini, [http://openscb.org/ OpenSCB]
 
* David Reyes Samblás Martínez [http://www.tuxbrain.com/ Tuxbrain]
 
* David Reyes Samblás Martínez [http://www.tuxbrain.com/ Tuxbrain]
* Roy Mohan Shearer, [http://www.openthing.org/ Openthing]
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* Dustyn Roberts, [http://www.dustynrobots.com/ dustynrobots]
* Mike Provenzano, Progunn Industries
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* Jimmie P. Rodgers [http://jimmieprodgers.com/ JimmiePRodgers.com]
* Greg Grossmeier, [http://grossmeier.net Open Evangelist]
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* Julien Rouviere, [http://openscb.org/ OpenSCB]
* Ben Lipkowitz, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://reprap.org/ reprap]
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* Johnny Russell [http://ultimachine.com/ UltiMachine]
* Jeff Moe, [http://www.alephobjects.com/ Aleph Objects, Inc.]
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* Jeff Saltzman, [http://jmsarduino.blogspot.com/ Jeff's Arduino Blog]
* Ron K. Jeffries, Jeffries Research
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* Nis Sarup
* John M. De Cristofaro
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* Samuel Sayer, [http://www.mitre.org The MITRE Corporation]
* Alok Prasad
 
* Boseji [http://m8051.blogspot.com Electronics For Bharat]|[http://adharlabs.in A.D.H.A.R Labs]
 
* Scot Kornak, [http://www.busboard.us/ BusBoard Prototype Systems Ltd.]
 
* Sterling Pickens, [http://www.linuxsociety.org/ linuxsociety]
 
* Anil Kumar Pugalia ([http://profession.sarika-pugs.com Pugs' Passion])
 
* Dan Clark [http://gzero.org GroundZero Labs]
 
 
* Hans Scharler [http://iobridge.com ioBridge] [http://thingspeak.com ThingSpeak]
 
* Hans Scharler [http://iobridge.com ioBridge] [http://thingspeak.com ThingSpeak]
* Matthew Beckler, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
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* Nathan Seidle [http://www.sparkfun.com SparkFun Electronics]
* Amanda Wozniak, [http://www.ninjas.org/ Ninja Networks]
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* Bill Shaw [http://inanimatereason.com/ Inanimate Reason]
* Bastian Bittorf [http://bittorf-wireless.de/ bittorf wireless ))]
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* Christian Siefkes, [http://www.keimform.de/ keimform.de]
* Chris Jefferies, [http://chrisjx.wordpress.com/ Tinaja Labs]
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* J. Simmons [http://mach30.org/ Mach 30: Foundation for Space Development]
* Julien Rouviere, [http://openscb.org/ OpenSCB]
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* David Siren Eisner, [http://www.inmojo.com InMojo]
* Luigi Carnevale, [http://www.droids.it/ Droids]
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* Andrew Sliwinski [http://www.omnicorpdetroit.com/ OmniCorpDetroit]
* Chris Murray, [http://www.unitedgreenworks.com/ United Greenworks Association]
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* Diego Spinola [http://www.hackeneering.com/ Hackeneering]
* David Dahl
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* Brandon Stafford, [http://rascalmicro.com Rascal Micro]
 
* Becky Stern, [http://www.makezine.com/ MAKE magazine]
 
* Becky Stern, [http://www.makezine.com/ MAKE magazine]
* Jeff Saltzman, [http://jmsarduino.blogspot.com/ Jeff's Arduino Blog]
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* Andrew Stone, [http://www.toastedcircuits.com Toasted Circuits]
* Stuart McFarlan, [http://www.oomlout.com .:oomlout:.]
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* Phillip Torrone, [http://www.makezine.com/ MAKE magazine] [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
* Nicholas C Lewis, [http://reprapbreeding.com/ A RapRap Breeding Program]
 
* Matthieu Quadrini, [http://openscb.org/ OpenSCB]
 
* Mario Behling, [http://mbm.vn/ MBM]
 
* Cláudio Miklós, [http://www.miklos.blog.br/ Miklos Blog]
 
* Rémi Boulle, [http://www.april.org/ April]
 
* Alexandre Marino [http://www.alreves.org/ Al Revés]
 
 
* Wayne Truchsess [http://dsscircuits.com/ DSS Circuits]
 
* Wayne Truchsess [http://dsscircuits.com/ DSS Circuits]
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* Carmen Trudell [http://www.fluxxlab.com Fluxxlab]
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* Wim Vandeputte, [http://kd85.com kd85]
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* Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger [http://labs.nortd.com/ Nortd Labs]  [http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam]  [http://lasersaur.com/ Lasersaur]
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* Chris Walker, [http://www.netduino.com Netduino] [http://www.secretlabs.com Secret Labs]
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* Bernt Weber, [http://www.splashelec.com/ Splashelec]
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* John  Wilbanks, [http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
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* Adam Wolf, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
 +
* Amanda Wozniak, [http://www.ninjas.org/ Ninja Networks]
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* Charles Yarnold

Revision as of 07:32, 16 February 2011

This page hosts the current proposed Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Statement of Principles and Definition v1.0. The statement of principles is a high-level overview of the ideals of open-source hardware. The definition is an attempt to apply those ideals to a standard by which to evaluate licenses for hardware designs.

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Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Statement of Principles 1.0

Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware's source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs.

Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Definition 1.0

OSHW Draft Definition 1.0 is based on the Open Source Definition for Open Source Software and draft OSHW definition 0.5. The definition is derived from the Open Source Definition, which was created by Bruce Perens and the Debian developers as the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Videos and Documentation of the Opening Hardware workshop which kicked off the below definition are available here. Please join the conversation about the definition here

Introduction

Open Source Hardware (OSHW) is a term for tangible artifacts -- machines, devices, or other physical things -- whose design has been released to the public in such a way that anyone can make, modify, distribute, and use those things. This definition is intended to help provide guidelines for the development and evaluation of licenses for Open Source Hardware.

It is important to note that hardware is different from software in that physical resources must always be committed for the creation of physical goods. Accordingly, persons or companies producing items ("products") under an OSHW license have an obligation not to imply that such products are manufactured, sold, warrantied, or otherwise sanctioned by the original designer and also not to make use of any trademarks owned by the original designer.

The distribution terms of Open Source Hardware must comply with the following criteria:

1. Documentation

The hardware must be released with documentation including design files, and must allow modification and distribution of the design files. Where documentation is not furnished with the physical product, there must be a well-publicized means of obtaining this documentation for no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably downloading via the Internet without charge. The documentation must include design files in the preferred format for making changes, for example the native file format of a CAD program. Deliberately obfuscated design files are not allowed. Intermediate forms analogous to compiled computer code -- such as printer-ready copper artwork from a CAD program -- are not allowed as substitutes. The license may require that the design files are provided in fully-documented, open format(s).

2. Scope

The documentation for the hardware must clearly specify what portion of the design, if not all, is being released under the license.

3. Necessary Software

If the licensed design requires software, embedded or otherwise, to operate properly and fulfill its essential functions, then the license may require that one of the following conditions are met:

a) The interfaces are sufficiently documented such that it could reasonably be considered straightforward to write open source software that allows the device to operate properly and fulfill its essential functions. For example, this may include the use of detailed signal timing diagrams or pseudocode to clearly illustrate the interface in operation.

b) The necessary software is released under an OSI-approved open source license.

4. Derived Works

The license shall allow modifications and derived works, and shall allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original work. The license shall allow for the manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of products created from the design files, the design files themselves, and derivatives therof.

5. Free redistribution

The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the project documentation. The license shall not require a royalty or other fee for such sale. The license shall not require any royalty or fee related to the sale of derived works.

6. Attribution

The license may require derived documents, and copyright notices associated with devices, to provide attribution to the licensors when distributing design files, manufactured products, and/or derivatives thereof. The license may require that this information be accessible to the end-user using the device normally, but shall not specify a specific format of display. The license may require derived works to carry a different name or version number from the original design.

7. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups

The license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.

8. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor

The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the work (including manufactured hardware) in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it must not restrict the hardware from being used in a business, or from being used in nuclear research.

9. Distribution of License

The rights granted by the license must apply to all to whom the work is redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.

10. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product

The rights granted by the license must not depend on the licensed work being part of a particular product. If a portion is extracted from a work and used or distributed within the terms of the license, all parties to whom that work is redistributed should have the same rights as those that are granted for the original work.

11. License Must Not Restrict Other Hardware or Software

The license must not place restrictions on other items that are aggregated with the licensed work but not derivative of it. For example, the license must not insist that all other hardware sold with the licensed item be open source, nor that only open source software be used external to the device.

12. License Must Be Technology-Neutral

No provision of the license may be predicated on any individual technology, specific part or component, material, or style of interface or use thereof.


Afterword

The signatories of this Open Source Hardware definition recognize that the open source movement represents only one way of sharing information. We encourage and support all forms of openness and collaboration, whether or not they fit this definition.

Licenses and Hardware

In promoting Open Hardware, it is important not to unintentionally deceive designers regarding the extent to which their licenses actually can control their designs. Under U.S. law, and law in many other places, copyright does not apply to electronic designs. Patents do. The result is that an Open Hardware license can in general be used to restrict the plans but probably not the manufactured devices or even restatements of the same design that are not textual copies of the original. The applicable section of copyright law is 17.102(b), which says:

In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

Endorsements

OSHW Draft Definition 1.0 has been endorsed by the following persons and/or organization as of February 10th, 2011. Please feel free to add (your own names) to this section. Listing your affiliation is optional for personal endorsements, and endorsements are presumed to be personal unless the organization name is listed separately.

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