• What Does it Mean to be an Open Source Company? (Video Blog)

    Today I want to talk a little bit about open source. So what is open source? Basically, taking your ideas, whatever you come up with in your brain, and sharing it with the world. The idea is that as we’re working on robotics designs, there’s hardware design involved, software design involved and there’s curriculum, and we want to share that with you. Why do we want to do that?

    Well, a couple reasons. One would be well actually, we didn’t design everything ourselves. As an open source company, we actually rely on contributions from the open source community. For example the Barnabas noggin, the hardware that we have, let’s see here. I think I have, here we go. This is a circuit board inspired by Arduino who is also an open source company. So we use their ideas in order to build on top of this, so that we can then create a business. That’s one example of the awesomeness of open source.

    Now the other part of it, is that we want to give back. As we receive we want to give back to the things that we design so if people want to build robots on their own in their garage or they want to put on classes, we’re all for that. If we share what we have, more people can be blessed through that and we can still create a sustainable company. I thought, wow that’s an interesting concept! So for me, for Barnabas, for what we do, that’s part of our journey. Sometimes, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to a lot of people and that’s okay, but at the end of the day, we have to do what’s on our heart. What’s on my heart is that I believe it is better to give than to receive. Could there be a for-profit company that exists that cares more about giving than receiving. I don’t know. We’ll see. But that’s the journey we’re on.

    Take care you guys!

    Thanks for watching!

    Until next time,

    Happy building, learning, teaching, and inspiring!

    -Edward Li and the Barnabas Robotics Team


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