List of open-source hardware projects

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This list of open-source hardware projects includes computer systems and components, cameras, radio, telephony, science education, machines and tools, robotics, renewable energy, home automation, medical and 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.


Main article: Open-source car


Computer systems[edit]

Further information: Open-source computing hardware




  • Air Quality Egg – Open-source platform and pollution-sensing devices for citizen crowdsourced monitoring of air quality
  • OpenDesk – project to design furniture
  • Open Source Ecology
  • WikiHouse – Open-source project for designing and building houses.
  • The Cave Pearl Project – Building an Open-source underwater data logger & sensors for cave hydrology research.


  • LED Throwies – Non-destructive graffiti and light displays.

Machines and tools[edit]

Medical devices[edit]


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


  • 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


Further information: Open-source robotics


  • Openmoko – open phone framework (first use case: FIC Neo FreeRunner, released as of mid-2008)
  • OpenBTS and OsmoBTS – Open-source software based GSM base stations.
  • GTA04 – successor of Openmoko

Scientific hardware[edit]

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
  • SatNOGS - Free software / open hardware project of a global low earth orbit global satellite ground station


  • Wevolver – an online platform for sharing and collaborating on open-source hardware projects
  • Thingiverse – a collection of primarily 3-D printable open-source designs of objects

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