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Shameless self promotion: I just published a new article about open hardware. The article, Open Hardware: How & Why It Works, includes an introduction to open hardware concepts, overviews of some popular projects including the Arduino and BeagleBoard, a brief overview of some of the legal issues, and a trip report from the Open Hardware Summit in New York last month.

Please visit & vote — both on the article, and in the elections if you are based in the US.

Phillip Torrone (also see, open hardware evangelist bon vivant, recently posted these excellent links on the Open Hardware Summit mailing lists covering the draft Open Hardware definition and statement of principles. If you are at all interested in open hardware, please go take a look and participate in this seminal discussion.

While you’re nosing around about open hardware, check out this article on about John Wilbanks’ excellent presentation at the Open Hardware Summit.