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11 March 2008 ~ 0 Comments                                       

Odds and ends: Laser Cut Cake and more

How to Laser cut a cake

Ronen Kadushin offers up some Open Designs. Why not download a CAD of a design you like, upload it to Ponoko, and get the parts shipped to you — at a now-reduced price?

To follow on to my last post: A great list of Open Innovation projects and another list of Ideagoras — marketplaces for ideas.

In further comment about whether this is all worth it, whether open innovation and crowdsourcing will work: shouldn’t people be empowered to create what they want more easily? Whether that be through collaborative/crowdsourcing projects that facilitate graphic design, device design, feature improvements, etc.?  I mean, easier creation and distribution of content, designs, and products is what the Internet is made for. The real question: is it a viable business and can it be commercialized?  Of course, everyone asked the same question of free open source software in the early days, but the creation of open source by companies large and small, not to mention the companies who have created quite a business out of servicing and distributing open source, have put those questions to rest.

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