What is Open Hardware: 3 Most Popular Open-source Hardware

What is Open Hardware: 3 Most Popular Open-source Hardware

June 12, 2019

What is Open Hardware: 3 Most Popular Open-source Hardware

In the world of open-source hardware, users can use any way to achieve creativity. You can use the most basic panel to build the circuit, or you can use the "electronic module" to achieve without having to understand the internal implementation of the module. Of course, most designs require a processor, or hardware platform, to implement logical functions. What is Open Hardware

At present, the most popular platforms are:

 
  1. Arduino
    Arduino, or Arduino compatible boards, are the most simple, but popular used open-source hardware platform. There're so many Arduino compatible modules and example codes with Google, Anybody, even without any electronic& programming experience, can turn their ideas such as IOT(internet of things)into reality in a few hours.
    Arduino boardMaduino Board
Besides the Arduino official team, there're some companies such as Sparkfun/ Adafruit make a lot of contributions to Arduino, and project sharing such as Instructables, for more and more learners.
 
  1. Raspberry PI
    Raspberry PI is a single controller board with Linux OS. It acts more a computer, that users can integrate more hardware into it, and install software.
                                       Raspberry Pi board
Compares to Arduino, Raspberry is much more powerful, and can be used to complete much more complicated projects such as web server, or the gateway of the smart-home appliance.  

 
  1. Micro:bit
    The BBC micro:bit is a handheld, programmable micro-computer that can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. Basically, It mainly focuses on the kids, to learn the basic programming, and thus the kids can get inspired by the electronic world, and the thinking method of coding.
     Micro:Bit        Micro:bit



The above 3 most popular open-source hardware. Makerfabs suggest:

 
  • If you are a Father that want to teach your kids about electronic, and codes -> Micro:bit;
  • If you are a DIY starter, or none-electronic engineer -> Arduino;
  • If you are a software and want to make some projects about hardware -> Raspberry Pi.