Wired has a
lengthy look at open-source hardware
, and Arduino in particular.
"Right now, open design pioneers tend to follow one of two economic
models. The first is not to worry about selling much hardware but instead
to sell your expertise as the inventor. If anyone can manufacture a device,
then the most efficient manufacturer will do so at the best price. Fine,
let them. It'll ensure your contraption is widely distributed. Because
you're the inventor, though, the community of users will inevitably
congregate around you, much as Torvalds was the hub for Linux. You will
always be the first to hear about cool improvements or innovative uses for
your device. That knowledge becomes your most valuable asset, which you can
sell to anyone.
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