DIY Devices



Using digital fabrication and embedded computation to allow individuals to make their own devices. This effort started by creating open-source DIY versions of common devices (speakers, radios, mice, and cellphones) each combining a custom electronic circuit board and digitally-fabricated enclosure. The current focus is on creating devices with unique functionality, aesthetics, or production processes. One early prototype is of a special-purpose internet-connected device, whose behavior can be customized by the person creating it. Another experiment explores the possibilities of automated circuit board assembly services and their implications for open-source hardware. Most importantly, we're beginning to develop resources to enable others to design and build custom devices through meaningful and educational creative processes. These efforts are still in an early stage, but we're interested in finding ways to transition from reproducing existing devices to helping people create a diverse set of new ones.