- Recently a movement has been started known as Open-Source hardware. Until now, we did not have a name for it other than “industry standard”. From this movement amazing things have become realities, most notibly: Reprap, a 3D printer that can clone itself, and Arduino, a general purpose Micro-Controller that can interface with the real-world.
But the Open-Hardware movement is in it’s infancy. The Reprap and Arduino are the faces put on it. This movement will continue to expand to the point that manufacturers realize value in allowing their customers to design their hardware.