Open Source hardware is gaining momentum … its an intriguing fork to the open source software concept. People get together and design some piece of hardware … and then, I suppose, someone makes it.
I see an opportunity for a collaboration platform. A web site that holds all of the documentation and organises the collaboration. Somewhat like sourceforge.
Taking it one step further, potential customers could ‘pledge’ to buy one instance of the piece of hardware. Once a certain number of people have pledged, the ‘pledge cash’ can be used to implement the product.
Those who pledged money early get a discount on the product …. those who contributed to the hardware design share in the spoils.
Hmm … I can think of a project where this would work.