OHS 2012 - Young Maker Adventures in Open Hardware

Uploaded by SuperAwesomeSylvia on 08.10.2012

SYLVIA: Hi, I’m Sylvia. JOEY: And I’m Joey.
S: and we’d like to tell you about what Open Hardware means to us, as makers, students,
and spokeskids J: And as future decision makers, parents,
and rulers of the world! S: I make a how-to show with my family, using
open kits, and giving out any special project source code, details or schematics we have.
J: And I make open hardware kits, like my 3x3x3 LED Cube and my brand new shields being
released through the Maker Shed this weekend S: And even though as a hardware user
J: and creator, S: we’re doing very different things...
J: I think we both get something great out of it.
J: For example, after spending only a day making my extreme marshmallow cannon out of
plumbing supplies in the summer of 2011, I put up exactly how to build the whole thing
on MakeProjects.com for everyone to make one of their own. Not long after, President Obama
himself got to fire it off at the white house. But what I really like to do is electronics!
In addition to my led cube shield, I’ll be releasing two new open source shields for
controlling light this weekend at World Maker Faire, one for EL wire, the other for an 8x8
array of surface mount leds! Even though they’re flashy, I don’t think they’ll be getting
as much attention as my marshmallow cannon has, but I guess I could still paint them
bright orange and make them explode! S: I’d buy that! As long as they came with
safety goggles.... but yea, because Joey’s boards are made open, I could make my own
at home, or even use them to learn about exactly how they’re supposed to work. When it came
to making my own Adafruit Monochron clock face, the fully open nature of the project
ensured there were plenty of great examples to go by. It’s this ease of entry that my
dad and I always strive for. Taking away anything that could stop someone, no matter what age,
from starting a project. Making it open source, making it standard, making it easy, is what
keeps people trying to make their dreams. Some of this stuff can be pretty hard to do
on its own, we just want to make the adventure as smooth as we can. Even though it takes
a lot of work to make something ready for people to use that’s open, with documentation,
pictures, files, and videos, it’s worth it, knowing that people can keep the idea
alive without needing to bother you. J: So, because I make my boards open doesn’t
that mean I’m giving it away for nothing? S: You’re giving away the idea... and the
idea is the important part. Open doesn’t mean you can’t make a kit and sell it yourself
for a profit. Supporting the maker means they can thrive to do more.
J: But someone could just take your work and resell it under their name, it’s like stealing!
S: But you’re giving the plans freely, so they can go out and live in the world instead
of being locked up. Cesar Harada, co-creator of the protei oil sucking sailboat project,
said: “That's exactly what Open Hardware is about: to replace competition [with] collaboration,
to transform any new product into a new market.”. Signore Banzi of Arduino made sure to keep
the name trademarked, but give out everything else. That way everyone could sell or build
something Arduino compatible, just that they couldn’t sell it with that exact name and
color without permission. J: So even though people can take your work
when it’s open, if you protect the name people will know whose it is? I guess if I
always do a good job making things, people will prefer to buy from me. Of course when
you give project files and documentation out, you can have a collaborative relationship
with anyone who wants to be a part of the project, make it better, or even take it in
a new direction. Working together is always better, because I can get something out of
it, and so can you. It might not always work perfectly, but as long as other young makers
like us realize it, we’ll be part of a new generation that always thinks together first,
before we think competitively. S: Yeah! I hope... Though it’s pretty hard
to see it sometimes, giving your ideas and work out is great because everyone gets something
from it, even if it’s just that warm fuzzy turtley feeling of bringing everyone closer
together as a big community of makers!! J: Bleh Suuurrre...
S: Hey! A girl can dream.... Of fuzzy turtle makers
J: What did this have to do with open hardware? S: oh..um.. Anyways...What have you been up
to lately? J: Oh yea, over this last summer I got a chance
to work at a big microchip manufacturer. They’ve sold billions of microcontrollers worldwide
and were incredibly nice to let me come and experience what it’s like to do electronics
in the real world. But while I was there, in a place where patents are prized and hung
on the wall, I learned that “Open Source Hardware” is a dirty phrase. Where Arduino
is looked down on, and the old way of doing things is the only way. This was completely
different from what I was used to. The maker community is open, all about sharing, all
about helping each other learn. Microchip manufacturers are big corporations, concentrating
on keeping up their profits and making new chips to compete in a big market. Keeping
everything closed makes sense to them, even the Atmel chip on Arduino is a black box of
mystery. Maybe we both have something big to learn from each other. Sharing innovation
doesn’t have to mean giving up your entire business model. Just taking the first steps
to get closer to the kids and inventors with great ideas and getting them out there means
we’re all learning something. S: Totally. On my show and out in the field,
I hope to teach kids a little about how open source is real and all around us. From Arduino
based electronics in real products, to Drupal and Linux running Millions of websites, to
just freely sharing your own ideas online through sites like MakeProjects and Instructables.
Because of the internet, the work of hundreds of volunteers and other hard workers can now
be combined into something real. It doesn’t always work right, and it’s not always easy..
but that’s how everything starts out. And because it’s open, we don’t have to “just
put up with it”, we can contribute back, we can make a real impact, and we’ll probably
learn a bunch along the way. J: Yep. If it wasn’t for the great people
willing to share and talk about what they do, I wouldn’t be able to do half the things
I’ve done. S: Me too! Though I learn a lot from my parents,
they didn’t just magically know how to do things, most of what they learned was from
what people shared online. The smart guys and girls who take the time to blog about
what they do and how they do it.. lemme just say, You guys rock!! Yea you!
J: Yea! People like us are stuck on how to do something all the time, and might be scared
to ask questions, but because you shared your brain power, you helped us figure it out,
you helped us level up. Not to mention maybe one day we’ll be the ones writing a post
or an instructable next time, thanks to you. S: Setting a good example through open hardware
and making things together, is probably the best thing we can do as humans in this age
of always on communication. Teaching people that they can be the master of their physical
world... Or maybe.. just a little better at taming it. I wonder if you can have an open
hardware license for a light up holiday sweater.... J: Why would you want to? oh nevermind. Now
I know what to make you for Christmas.. and i’ll finally get to use that tesla coil
driver.... S: Joey..Your mom said no more high voltage
soft circuits. You remember what happened to the cat....
J: Oh yea!... FOOm! MOM: Poor Mr. Whiskers!!
S: Anyways... We, as kids, makers, teachers, and students, believe being open is the only
way towards the bright future we’re all hoping for.
J: So lets make it happen! Tell everyone about it, and keep working hard on those blog posts
and forums. Kids and adults want to learn, and have awesome skills so they can earn money
with more awesome people making and selling open hardware that helps make more awesomer
things awesometastic! S: That’s not even a word... but I like
it! I'll add it into the dictionary! J: I’m Joey Hudy
S: And I’m Super-Awesome Sylvia TOGETHER: Thank you!