Observatory of open source hardware

Welcome to the Observatory of Open Source Hardware!

Objectives. The Observatory aims at:

  • maintaining an Open Source Hardware Directory, that is, a curated list of complex open source hardware products
  • reporting on the openness of the products listed in this directoy
  • generating a corpus of data for research on open source hardware
  • fuelling the public debate around this phenomenon

Issues. It particularly strives addressing the following questions:

  • What is open source hardware? The Observatory provides examples of open source hardware products and allows for people to actually get to see developed and upcoming open source hardware products.
  • How many products are out there? The Observatory provides insights on the maturity and relevance of the open source hardware phenomenon and gives an overview of the field.
  • How can I “open” my product? The Observatory identifies and shares the degree to which best practices are applied to inspire practitioners to create efficient open source hardware documentation.
  • How open is open source hardware? The Observatory delivers metrics for measuring openness, a multifaceted concept.

Focus. The Observatory of Open Source Hardware focuses specifically on complex, non-electronic hardware. The idea is to highlight the emergence of open source hardware outside the sphere of electronic hardware and 3D-printed gimmicks. There are now increasing numbers of these complex products such as tractors, machine tools, medical equipment, etc. To reflect this focus, selection criteria have been defined which are available in section selection criteria.

Open data. Of course, we adhere to the philosophy that distributed work in communities is more efficient than a one-man-effort (under the well-known motto: “given enough eyeballs all bugs are shallow”). All information on this site is published under an open source licence (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License) and contributions are welcome. If you know products matching the selection criteria which are not referenced in the Directory so far, feel free to add them. Additionally, should some information be missing or be incorrect, you have full permission to edit these. All that is required from you is to sign up. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with us.

Key figures

  • Number of referenced products: 227
  • Average open-o-meter : 4.27

Open source hardware directory

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Aquapioneers Indoor Aquaponics Kit Business & Industrial aquaponic systems Active prototype
Arbalet Arts & Entertainment LED table Active production / DIY
Archivist Business & Industrial book scanner Inactive production / kit
ArduCopter Toys & Games quadcopter Active production / DIY
Automated external defibrillator Business & Industrial Automated external defibrillator Active prototype
Automatic Bartender Arts & Entertainment drink making robot Inactive prototype
axCut Hardware laser cutter Inactive production / DIY
Basiswerk OM 10 clockwork Apparel & Accessories clockwork Active prototype
BCN3D Moveo Toys & Games robot arm Active production / DIY
BCN3D Sigma Hardware 3D printer Active production / full product