Tech For Good
Limor Fried on creating open source hardware that improves people’s lives.
LIMOR FRIED: One really good example of open source hardware in practice is the accessibility tech community. These are people-- teachers, parents, caregivers, who are making technology for people who need some assistive tech. Whether it be they need a button to turn on or off the TV, they need switches or some sort of sensor to help them move their wheelchair.
It ranges from any kind of need. But everybody's need is a little bit different. And this is something that maybe a company will come along and make, but for a lot of people with accessibility needs, that need isn't met.
And maybe they don't want to wait. 3D printing, electronics, software, all these parts come together so people can make a customized solution for their own personal needs. So that's a really good example of open source hardware where it's really affecting people's lives, which shows the power of having something be open source.