Open Source Hardware

This 4 minute video is just too good not to share. TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski has developed open source hardware – that means he and others have built sustainable tools and machines at a fraction of the cost of commercial versions. His Open Source Ecology group identified 50 important machines that they think are essential for modern life to exist, things like tractors, bread ovens, circuit makers, etc. Then they set out to design an open source, DIY version of each that anyone can build and maintain. They call it the Global Village Construction Set.

Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that’s only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000)

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