This week has involved a lot of reading, and mental wrangling.
I’m still trying to understand or fathom whether an open and closed workstream can be realistically combined when talking about open source hardware. For instance, could you have a company that necessarily had to produce a ‘black box' piece of technology, but that obeyed certain 'standards' (e.g, had physical anchor points at definite dimensions, or documented electrical connectors going in/out) which meant it could form the basis of another's open source design?
This black box aspect is looking more and more likely (at least in the short term) for medical product design. I still haven’t come to a definite conclusion on this (as that could take years of testing, making and evaluating a business case), but at least where I am now it’s looking likely.
This then raises the question of how open is open ‘enough’?
This week, the innovation company 100% Open posted a great blog post, which they also tweeted:
93% Open? From the blog: bit.ly/Wgb0X4 - how open is too open?— 100%Open (@100open) October 3, 2012
I still have to think more on this subject; but for now, I’m content to see what people think. Could the ‘black box’ form part of the open design work in a community… for people to design around/adapt into their lives?