In the ASSISIbf project we are committed to publish our hardware design as open source. This is motivated by a long successful tradition of publication of open source robot design like the e-puck and the Thymio robots.
By the regular publication of our design we could observe, in the last decade, that the landscape of open source hardware has evolved a lot, mainly because of the improvement of manufacturing possibilities, for instance by the accessibility of 3D printing or laser cutting. Another important factor of change is the increasingly accessibility of electronics, with large open source projects like Arduino. A last factor is the trend toward open science, well represented in Europe by the OpenAIRE initiative (https://www.openaire.eu/).
In this dynamic landscape, some elements are generating conflicts, some others are generating opportunities. Which are these elements, how to avoid or profit from them?
This is the main motivation of two surveys we are running: one among provider of design tools (in progress) and one among the open source hardware communities.
Therefore if you are an open source hardware enthusiast, could you help us by filling in (during 4 minutes, active until March 27, 2016) the survey under: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/open_source_hardware
Thank you for your help. If you give your email address we will inform you about the results publication.