In this lab, we will briefly discuss what open source hardware is and how it can be applied to the OpenXC platform and vehicle modifications. It would be impossible to cover all of the necessary information to design and implement every idea each of you might have. Instead, the goal of this lab is to introduce you to open source hardware design and to provide a foundation so that you can create your own idea. If this is your first OpenXC project, please refer to the OpenXC setup page.

In this lab we will cover the following main topics:

At the end of this lab you will have working knowledge of what open source hardware is and a basic toolbox to use in the future to implement additional hardware design. You will learn about each of the components of the Retro Gauge, how they are an example of open source hardware design, and the necessary steps to build your own gauge.

Time Required: 3 Hours