Preface

A brief history

In 2005, the term "Open Source Hardware" barely existed. Those who were doing it hadn't formalized it by defining it, worrying about licenses, or organizing large-scale events or conferences. In the last several years, the concept has taken off dramatically and the community has thrived. In 2011, it is not unusual or unexpected to see a tweet such as:

"The new industrial revolution has arrived, and this time it brought ice cream"

Many of the individuals driving this movement came from open source software communities or academic institutions (young students) who were interested in doing things like making their own MP3 player. This new community initially adapted open source software methods for licensing, sharing design files, etc.

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The need for a roadmap

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