What open source hardware do we need next?


Now the world’s engineers have brilliantly created thousands of designs for open source ventilators (bringing the cost down by 2 orders or magnitude), it begs the question: What machines should we tackle next?

What’s important, expensive, and public good?

NB before we begin the list, hat tip to the Global Village Construction Set which has been on this mission for many years with agricultural and town-scale hardware.

  • MRI machines (£200k – £3m)
  • CAT Scanners
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) (£1500)
  • Defibrillators
  • Sterilisers
  • Patient monitors (what?)
  • 4th generation nuclear power
  • PCR machines

Please add comments if you have ideas. I’ll update the list.

Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons

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