Science is a good match for the open source philosophy.
- it tries to do things for little-to-no money
- it doesn’t care if equipment is pretty
- it is only focused on results
- it needs things that are very specific that no one else in the world needs
- it is often motivated by something other than profit
Joshua Pearce of Michigan Tech’s Open Sustainability Technology Lab is an example of where the rubber meets the road. He has nearly two dozen Thingiverse things, and most of them are awesome tools for scientists. His work has been profiled in Mighigan Tech News and Popular Mechanics. You can also read the transcript of an interview with Science Magazine Podcast here (pdf). Pearce has a paper called Building Research Equipment with Free, Open-Source Hardware in Science Magazine, but it’s behind a paywall. The summary is here.
More after the jump.