Using RepRap, an open-source hardware toolkit, many Indian startups have been able to build 3D printers, which are being sold commercially.
While it took Google over a year to build its augmented-reality goggles, Google Glass, Kochi-based Arvind Sanjeev says he was able to replicate it in less than a month for just Rs 4,500, thanks to open-source hardware.
Instead of commercializing the product and with the intention of contributing to the community, Sanjeev posted a blog explaining how his ‘Smart Cap’ can be built by anyone using opensource hardware such as a Rasberry Pi computer, an Arduino board and Androidsoftware.Open-source hardware platforms such as these and RepRap 3D printers are enabling students, engineers and entrepreneurs to start building hardware products with little to no knowledge of electronics.”Before I got introduced to Arduino in college, I had no idea how a calculator works or how I could build one,” confessed Sanjeev, 23, who couldn’t learn anything about building computer hardware at his engineering college and decided to make all his projects available for anyone to replicate. He’s developed a platform that he says can take over your car.”With the help of open-source hardware, I have been able to build a platform wherein you could control the entire car, including its ignition through just a mobile app.” Sanjeev has already applied for a patent for the platform and expects to sell it for Rs 9,000 apiece. Mumbai-based Shreekant Farasbee, who has built a medical device to track glucose levels of diabetes patients, also used the Arduino computer board to create his prototype and is planning to contribute back to the open-source hardware community by making his Diabeto open source.
Source :Economic Times