Back in February (is it really almost April?), we made a post about the V1.0 definition of Open Source Hardware. It is a little bit long to post here, but you can read the definition in its entirety at this page. However, this statement of principle kind of sums up the basic idea behind the movement:
"Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware's source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs."
An example of an "open source" piece of hardware - the ArduBot.
Along with the definition, an important building block for this movement is a logo that you can stamp on your hardware that says, "This is open source. Enjoy!" After a couple months of designing and re-designing, a handful of logos have been decided on and are now up for public vote. Which brings us to the point of this post - it's time to vote! The vote ends April 5th, so get your vote in now.