List of open source hardware projects

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The following is the list of open source hardware projects that includes computer systems and components, cameras, radio, telephony, science education, machines & tools, robotics, renewable energy, home automation, medical & biotech, automotive, prototyping, test equipment, and musical instruments.

Amateur radio[edit]

Audio electronics[edit]

  • Monome 40h – A reconfigurable grid of 64 backlit buttons, used via USB. A limited batch of 500 monome 40h has been produced. All the design process, design specifications, firmware and PCB schematics are available online.
  • Neuros Digital Audio Computer – An open-source portable digital audio player.



  • Elphel, Inc. – cameras based on free software and hardware designs.
  • apertus open source cinema cameras
  • leanXcam

Computer Systems[edit]

Machines and tools[edit]

Medical instruments[edit]

  • Gamma Cardio CG - Open source certified ECG connected to the PC with the whole hardware (CAD-PCB-BOL) disclosed/released under Creative Common open license. Software application, design tools and firmware are currently released only as binary (HEX) format.

Music electronics[edit]

  • Arduinome
  • MIDIbox The MIDIbox project is an open source modular DIY hardware and software platform for MIDI devices like controllers, synthesizers, sequencers
  • Stoicheia a dual gate Euclidean sequencer


  • NetFPGA is a project consisting hardware platform, software, community and education material to enable research and education effort in a line-rate network environment.

Renewable energy[edit]

  • Wind turbines: To assist people in the developing countries, and hobbyists alike, several projects have been open-sourced, e.g. the Jua Kali wind turbine, Hugh Piggot's wind turbine, ForceField Wind Turbine, et cetera




  • Openmoko – open phone framework (first use case: FIC Neo FreeRunner, released as of mid-2008)
  • TuxPhone A project to develop open-source (hardware and software) GSM/GPRS cellphone.
  • OpenBTS and OsmoBTS - Open source software based GSM base stations.
  • PATIKUS - Open source hardware based on speech synthesizer for telecommunication device.
  • GTA04 - successor of Openmoko

Video electronics[edit]

Wireless hardware[edit]

  • Openpicus – Open-source platform for smart sensors and Internet of things
  • Sun SPOT is an open source hardware and software platform for sensor networks and battery powered, wireless, embedded development.
  • USRP universal software radio peripheral is a mainboard with snap in modules providing software defined radio at different frequencies, it has a USB 2.0 link to its host computer.
  • PowWow Power Optimized Hardware and Software FrameWork for Wireless Motes is an open source hardware and software platform for wireless sensor networks.
  • Twibright RONJA – Open-source free-space optic system, DIY in a garage, 10 Mbit/s full duplex/1.4 km
  • Aurocard – Open-source free-libre RFID Handheld Device for payments using eWallets stored in RFID cards.


Other projects[edit]


  • Thingiverse - a collection of primarily 3-D printable open-source designs of objects


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