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.
  • Arduinome
  • MIDIbox The MIDIbox project is an open-source modular DIY hardware and software platform for MIDI devices like controllers, synthesizers, sequencers


Video electronics[edit]


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

Wireless networking[edit]


  • Netduino, open-source microcontroller board, .NET Micro Framework based
  • Nitrokey – USB key for data- and email-encryption and strong authentication
  • NodeMCU, open-source Wi-Fi microcontroller board
  • OpenRISC – The aim of the OpenRISC project is to create free and open source computing platforms.
  • RISC-V – An open source instruction set architecture (ISA) based on established reduced instruction set computing (RISC) principles.
  • SPARC – RISC instruction set architecture (ISA).
  • The Bus pirate – Universal bus interface and programmer.


Computer systems[edit]

Further information: Open-source computing hardware


Further information: Open-source robotics


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

Lighting and LED[edit]

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


  • WikiHouse – Open-source project for designing and building houses.
  • Opendesk – Open-source furniture.

Machines and production tools[edit]


Complete vehicles[edit]

Main article: Open-source car

Engine control units[edit]

  • SECU-3: gasoline engine control unit

3D printers and scanners[edit]

Other hardware[edit]


Medical devices[edit]

Scientific hardware[edit]


See also[edit]


External links[edit]