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HOPE Number Six (2006): "Citizen Engineer - Consumer Electronics Hacking and Open Source Hardware" (DVD)

HOPE Number Six (2006): "Citizen Engineer - Consumer Electronics Hacking and Open Source Hardware" (DVD)

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Saturday, July 22, 2006: 12:00 pm (Area "A"): This is a hands-on session on all the things you're not supposed to do (but want to) with the gadgets that fill our drawers and shelves: transform an old VCR into an automatic cat feeder, use open interfaces to control Roomba robotic vacuums. Projects like these (and others, such as WRT54G hacking, iPod Linux, car-computer hacking, etc.) are part of a growing trend where consumers are going back and hacking what they buy. Just as computer hacking is closely tied to the Open Source software movement, so can such embedded gadget-hacking lead to an Open Source hardware movement.

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