Here is a
proposal for the "Open Source Hardware Central Bank"
, an organization
dedicated to easing the problems associated with bringing open source
hardware projects to a successful conclusion. "The Open Source
Hardware Bank will work to eliminate the scaling and quantity pricing
problem for OSHW projects by funding the build of 2x the quantity of any
Open Source Hardware product. That means, if a project has found a way to
find 10 potential buyers, the bank will put down the money needed to fund
10 more, for a total of 20 products. If a project has found 25 community
members to buy in, the bank will fund another 25, to bring the total
quantity down to 50. This should reduce the unit costs by around 10-30% of
any hardware project, and in the case of the Illuminato, it'll reduce costs
by almost 40%!
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