Open Hardware

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Open hardware or open source hardware (sometimes also free hardware) are primarily electronic, inexpensive and universally applicable hardware components that are manufactured according to free construction plans. The movement and idea are close to the Free Software, Open Source and DIY movement, respectively go back to it. Open Hardware components are mostly offered via internet sites. Open Hardware offers a simple, fast and cost-effective way to build prototypes (with a focus on sensors and actuators) of electronically or digitally driven ideas. The best known platforms are probably ARDUINO and RASPBERRY PI.

These were originally designed for the do-it-yourself community, but in the meantime more and more (large) companies are using this technology as an opportunity to create early and efficient prototypes of ideas and gain insights from them.

One of the advantages of open hardware platforms is that a large number of devices are compatible and that even with little knowledge of programming languages, systems can be built and tested relatively easily and quickly. Since standard components can be used, which are connected via plug connections, the calculation of resistors and circuits and the soldering of boards are not necessary.
  • Effective for disruptive innovations
  • Effective for highly complex challenges
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for medium complex challenges
  • Effective for product innovations
  • Effective for radical innovations
  • Effective for service innovations
  • Effective for technology innovations
  • P6 Idea enrichment (idea combination - idea integration)
  • P8 Early Prototyping (testing the idea directly on the user)
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