PLATFORM PLANNING FRAMEWORK FOR OPEN SOURCE HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT WITH CASE STUDY OF PROJECT ARA
Keywords:open source hardware, mass customization, platform evaluation, developer participation, Google project Ara
AbstractThis article illustrates how to evaluate platform design for an open source hardware development project. First, we will look at the open source hardware development as a methodology that fulfills demands for mass customization. In the open source hardware development, project owner offers platform sources and individual developers separately develop various functional modules based on the given platform sources. Then customers will choose each module which best meets their needs. Second, the evaluation model for the open source hardware platform will be suggested. For open source hardware development, developers’ participation is one of key factors to successful project management. Developers will consider both estimated development costs and market size to make decision on participation. With all these concerns, we built a platform evaluation model for open source hardware projects in terms of how much it boosts developers' participation.
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