For over a decade, Andrew “bunnie” Huang, one of the world’s most esteemed hackers, has shaped the fields of hacking and hardware, from his cult-classic book Hacking the Xbox to the open-source laptop Novena and his mentorship of various hardware startups and developers. In The Hardware Hacker, Huang shares his experiences in manufacturing and open hardware, creating an illuminating and compelling career retrospective.
Huang’s journey starts with his first visit to the staggering electronics markets in Shenzhen, with booths overflowing with capacitors, memory chips, voltmeters, and possibility. He shares how he navigated the overwhelming world of Chinese factories to bring chumby, Novena, and Chibitronics to life, covering everything from creating a Bill of Materials to choosing the factory to best fit his needs.
Through this collection of personal essays and interviews on topics ranging from the legality of reverse engineering to a comparison of intellectual property practices between China and the United States, bunnie weaves engineering, law, and society into the tapestry of open hardware.
With highly detailed passages on the ins and outs of manufacturing and a comprehensive take on the issues associated with open source hardware, The Hardware Hacker is an invaluable resource for aspiring hackers and makers.
PART I: Manufacturing
Chapter 1: Made in China
Chapter 2: Inside Three Very Different Factories
Chapter 3: The Factory Floor
PART II: Intellectual Property in China
Chapter 4: Gongkai Innovation
Chapter 5: Fake Goods
PART III: Creating Open Hardware
Chapter 6: The Story of Chumby
Chapter 7: Novena: Building My Own Laptop
Chapter 8: Chibitronics: Creating Circuit Stickers
PART IV: Reverse Engineering
Chapter 9: Hardware Hacking
Chapter 10: Biology and Bioinformatics
Chapter 11: Selected Interviews
Here’s the the thing, Bunnie is doing open source hardware and software, manufacturing, fighting for digital rights – it’s an interesting combination of shipping atoms, and values, and ethics with hardware and choices we can all make when we choose to make something. Like summary says “bunnie weaves engineering, law, and society into the tapestry of open hardware”.