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OpenMoko - If you can’t open it, you don’t own it

March 3rd, 2008

Rob Beschizza  of Wired’s Gadget lab writes about OpenMoko, who first created an open source software platform for smartphones, , and now released CAD files that enable anyone who can modify them, to do so, and then mill their own phone on a 3D prototyping machine

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Following Mark Weiser’s vision of the disappearing computer they believe in giving developers full access to software and hardware alike.

“Say you bought a cellphone. Say you decided you didn’t like the look of it much.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could sketch your ideal design, have a buddy knock it up in a 3D modeling program, then see it in the flesh? With OpenMoko’s FreeRunner, an open-source linux cellphone, it’s a piece of cake: the CAD files are on the net for all to download.

“With your current phone, you might be able to change the skin, add some rhinestones. Inconsequential customization,” said OpenMoko’s Steve Mosher. “With this, you can change the physical shell.”

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Entry Filed under: CrafTech, Evolving Hardware, Form Factor, Objects as Platforms, Prototyping Toolkits, Techno-Social, Technology Trends, personalization, prosumers

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