Open Source Hardware and the High Tech Supply Chain

The cover story of Wired Magazine this month is titled “How to Make Stuff.”  The article refers to the fast-growing Do-It-Yourself (DIY) community of hobbyists which build electronics using open source hardware designs.  I first learned of this concept about two years ago when reading Chris Anderson’s book Free.  Since Chris is the Editor-in-Chief of Wired, I was not surprised to see the topic featured on the cover. The open source hardware market is growing quickly.  Insiders predict it will reach $1B by the year 2015.  But what are the implications for proprietary hardware manufacturers (i.e. the closed source community)?

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