What is Open Hardware?

Open hardware is a category of devices, often very small and inexpensive, that are licensed so that users are able to use, copy, and adapt them however they want. The hardware design, along with any driving software, are typically all released as an open-source package. Although open hardware is not as well known as open software, there are several promising open hardware projects (e.g., Arduino, FreeRunner), in which users share information about how to build their own boards with the possibility of adapting or modifying them to specific user needs. The wide availability of small, low cost sensors such as accelerometers; GPS; pressure, temperature, and humidity sensors; cameras in a variety of spectrums; and even more, makes open hardware a very promising and inexpensive way to both innovate and teach concepts with real-world applications.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • The issue of teaching simple code is also pertinent. It is a trend to acknowledge, teaching code, one which has the potential to take hold over the coming years. Arduino (and other platforms) have the potential to take hold in this space due to the simplicity of the platforms, API's and IDE's that make it more than accessible for a range of student capabilities. - jmascorella jmascorella Feb 22, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Incredible opportunity to teach the principles of electronics and robotic management. We are also teaching interactive and monitoring technologies (hand washing and temperature monitoring).- jmascorella jmascorella Feb 22, 2016
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Currently teaching with Arduino (HSC projects) and using Raspberry Pi for environment. - jmascorella jmascorella Feb 22, 2016
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