The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware - by Bunnie Huang

Product ID: 3465


For over a decade, Andrew “bunnie” Huang, one of the world’s most esteemed hackers, has shaped the fields of hacking and hardware, from his cult-classic book Hacking the Xbox to the open-source laptop Novena and his mentorship of various hardware startups and developers. In The Hardware Hacker, Huang shares his experiences in manufacturing and open hardware, creating an illuminating and compelling career retrospective.

Our very own LadyAda (Limor Fried, founder and engineer of Adafruit) scored a review copy and even gives her recommendation on the back cover! Here's what she had to say:

“Bunnie is the ultimate tour guide of hardware hacking as it stands today, with an eye towards the sublime art of how things are really made. The Hardware Hacker will take you on a journey through the factories of the world, covering both technical & ethical implications of the ‘stuff’ we manufacture and buy.”

Huang’s journey starts with his first visit to the staggering electronics markets in Shenzhen, with booths overflowing with capacitors, memory chips, voltmeters, and possibility. He shares how he navigated the overwhelming world of Chinese factories to bring chumby, Novena, and Chibitronics to life, covering everything from creating a Bill of Materials to choosing the factory to best fit his needs.

Through this collection of personal essays and interviews on topics ranging from the legality of reverse engineering to a comparison of intellectual property practices between China and the United States, bunnie weaves engineering, law, and society into the tapestry of open hardware.

With highly detailed passages on the ins and outs of manufacturing and a comprehensive take on the issues associated with open source hardware, The Hardware Hacker is an invaluable resource for aspiring hackers and makers.

Andrew “bunnie” Huang is a hacker, maker, and open hardware activist. He holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from MIT, is the author of Hacking the Xbox (No Starch Press) and The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen, and has served as a technical advisor for various hardware startups and MAKE Magazine.


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Table of contents:

PART I: Manufacturing

  • Chapter 1: Made in China
  • Chapter 2: Inside Three Very Different Factories
  • Chapter 3: The Factory Floor

PART II: Intellectual Property in China

  • Chapter 4: Gongkai Innovation
  • Chapter 5: Fake Goods

PART III: Creating Open Hardware

  • Chapter 6: The Story of Chumby
  • Chapter 7: Novena: Building My Own Laptop
  • Chapter 8: Chibitronics: Creating Circuit Stickers

PART IV: Reverse Engineering

  • Chapter 9: Hardware Hacking
  • Chapter 10: Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Chapter 11: Selected Interviews