Qi hardware


Qi Hardware Inc.
IndustryComputer hardware
Computer software
Consumer electronics
Digital distribution
Number of locations
Beijing, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Taipei
Area served

Qi hardware is a defunct project which produces copyleft hardware, in an attempt to apply the Free Software Foundation's GNU GPL concept of copylefting software to the hardware layer by using the CC-BY-SA license for schematics, bill of materials and PCB layout data. The project has been both a community of popular open hardware websites and a company, co-founded by Wolfgang Spraul and Yi Zhang, that makes hardware products. Formed from the now defunct Openmoko project,[1] key members went on to form Qi Hardware Inc. and Sharism At Work Ltd. Thus far, the project has released the Ben Nanonote,[2][3][4][5] the Milkymist One,[6] and the Ben WPAN wireless project[7][8] to create a copyleft wireless platform. The examples of Qi hardware projects are the Ben NanoNote pocket computer, Elphel 353 video camera and Milkymist One video synthesizer.


  1. ^ Pam Derringer (2009-07-01). "Openomoko Layoffs Lead to New Open Hardware Venture". linux.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  2. ^ Gareth Halfacree (2010-03-16). "Qi Hardware launches NanoNote". Bit-tech. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  3. ^ Donald Melanson (2010-03-15). "Qi Hardware's tiny, hackable Ben NanoNote now shipping". Bit-tech. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  4. ^ David Murphy (2010-06-05). "Qi Hardware Launches Open-Source Computer". PCMag. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  5. ^ rg (2010-03-17). "Qi Hardware Ben NanoNote". linux.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  6. ^ Ray, Bill. "Open-source hardware group puts out vid system-on-a-chip". The Register. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  7. ^ Terrence O'Brien (2011-06-17). "Qi-Hardware debuts free, open source wireless solution, not a threat to WiFi". Engadget. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
  8. ^ Jake (2011-06-16). "Phillips: Qi Hardware Releases Free Wireless Hardware". LWN.net. Retrieved 2011-07-18.

External links

  • Official website