Open Hardware Summit attendees packed the Kresge Auditorium at MIT last Friday with eyes and minds wide open to hear from engineers and makers on their open-source designs and overall thinking on the concept of sharing ideas and knowledge.
EDN spent the day at the Open Source Hardware Association-run event and shares a few of its finds here. Some of the following designs may at first strike one as quirky one-off successes but broader thinking shows extensive opportunities beyond these examples.
I'm glad the article highlights my favorite device from the Summit:
If you want to go far fast, go open hardware
When Ryan Fobel wanted to automate biomedical engineering research at the Wheeler Lab at the University of Toronto, he realized he would have to build his own system. He enlisted the help of his brother Christian, who has a PhD in computer science, to build the Dropbot.
Dropbot is an open-source digital microfluidics (DMF) platform built around an Arduino-based instrument and controlled by Microdrop, a custom software interface.