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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (December 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321906047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321906045
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alicia Gibb is an advocate for open hardware, a researcher, and a hardware hacker. Alicia has worked within the open source hardware community since 2008. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), an organization to educate and promote building and using open source hardware. She directs the BTU Lab at CU Boulder, where she teaches in the areas of physical computing and information technologies. Previous to serving OSHWA, Alicia was a researcher and prototyper at Bug Labs where she ran the academic research program and the Test Kitchen, an open R&D Lab. She was awarded a National Science Foundation SBIR grant for her sensor-based data collection module while at Bug Labs. She is a member of NYCResistor, where she has curated two international art shows, founded and co-chaired two Open Hardware Summits, and sits on the board of the Ada Initiative. Her electronics work has appeared in Wired magazine, IEEE Spectrum, Hackaday and the New York Times . When Alicia is not researching at the crossroads of open technology and innovation she is prototyping work that twitches, blinks, and might even be tasty to eat.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Higgins on February 14, 2015
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Great overview, but lacks a little in substance. Odds are, if you're buying this book, you know what open source means and the benefits, and you are looking for more substantial information on actual design and manufacturing tips. Not stories about open source companies.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NewToDroid on February 18, 2015
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Alicia and the team of expert contributors to this book offer a great cross-section of knowledge to help people navigate the waters of open source hardware. The entire book is intriguing and needed to be written in my opinion. We will see how this whole movement pans out, but the book is honest about the snapshot it takes towards open source hardware. I think everyone starting out in electronics ought to give this a read.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron D. Harper on January 16, 2015
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This book is one you can judge by it's cover. It is everything you need to know about how to work on an open hardware project from cradle to grave. It is a solidly researched book that doesn't skip an issue because it is hard, nor is all the content from one person or organization. This has produced a product which is informative to a degree that it is greater than the sum of it's parts.

Fair warning: No matter how fast you read, do not expect to churn through this one in a day or two. It is dense information which while invaluable, will take a bit to correlate and digest. Take the time to do so; it is well worth the effort. Consider this book professional development for the hardware maker regardless of specific area of skill or interest.

This book will occupy a prominent place on my bookshelf as a reference guide, and I am no noob in the movement. I have several open hardware projects under my belt, having presented these at several maker faires I was able to attend. One of my projects is even mentioned in the book (Ground Sphere satellite ground station receiver, pp 142). My point is that in spite of my experience, I learned a lot from the work that Alicia Gibb clearly put into this masterpiece.

If you are involved in the open hardware movement in any aspect, or intend to be, you cannot do without this book. Not only does it contain all the information you need, including checklists in the back, it also contains a list of additional sources that read like a who's who of the movement and companies you need to have on speed dial.

Just buy it already!
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Alicia Gibb is an advocate for open hardware, a researcher, and a hardware hacker. Alicia has worked within the open source hardware community since 2008. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), an organization to educate and promote building and using open source hardware. She directs the BTU Lab at Colorado University Boulder, where she teaches in the areas of physical computing and information technologies. Previous to serving OSHWA, Alicia was a researcher and prototyper at Bug Labs, where she ran the academic research program and the Test Kitchen, an open R&D lab. She was awarded a National Science Foundation SBIR grant for her sensor-based data collection module while at Bug Labs. She is a member of NYCResistor, where she has curated two international art shows, founded and co-chaired two Open Hardware Summits, and sits on the board of the Ada Initiative. Her electronics work has appeared in Wired magazine, IEEE Spectrum, Hackaday, and The New York Times. When Alicia is not researching at the crossroads of open technology and innovation, she is prototyping work that twitches, blinks, and might even be tasty to eat.

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