March 18, 2010 AT 8:49 am

The first Arduino ever made

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From the “Opening Hardware” workshop @ EYEBEAM – The first Arduino ever made was on display!

We all agree open sourcing hardware is important, and as practitioners, many of us have been involved in work, research and talks about it. To date, no universal “right solution” exists. While Creative Commons licenses are widely used for software, there is a growing number of groups using the licenses for hardware, without necessarily accounting for the difficulties and restrictions hardware imposes. In short, open source for hardware is not like open source for software, and thus cannot use the same legal tools. The purpose of this workshop is to create a direct dialogue between Creative Commons and some of the most significant players in the Open Source Hardware Community . CC representatives will be sharing their perspectives while listening to the needs and perspectives of this community, in order to help form more appropriate licensing options for open hardware. This workshop was organized by Ayah Bdeir (littleBits founder, Eyebeam senior fellow) with John Wilbanks (VP Science, Creative Commons) and Thinh Nguyen (Legal Counsel, Creative Commons).

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2 Comments

  1. That is so cool! It reminds me of seeing the first Apple I at the Smithsonian, Then, realizing there was no one else in the room, I opened the side door to the ENIAC, walked inside it, and spent a happy half-hour reading notes, cable plans, tube pin-outs, etc.

  2. There’s that damn 160mil gap!

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