User innovation talk links

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This talk was has been giving a number of times at Eric von Hippel's classes and is usually 90 minutes in length.

The following links act a tour of a series of examples of user innovation to show the breadth of user innovation and community innovation and production.

CHDK[edit]

CHDK is a free software/open source firmware add-on for digital cameras.

RockBox[edit]

RockBox is alternate firmware for Digital Audio Players (DAP) including Apple iPods.

dotSUB[edit]

Is an online community that engages in collaborative translations of videos and film through collaborative amateur subtitling at less than order of magnitude the cost of professional subtitling.

Wikitravel[edit]

Wikitravel is a non-Wikimedia collaborative projects that allows communities to create travel guides.

Other (more whimsical but no less useful) community travel sites include:

DDWRT and OpenWRT[edit]

OpenWRT is a community produced firmware for home routers including the Linksys WRT. [DD-WRT is a version of OpenWRT that is now distributed commercially on several routers.

Software hacks:

Hardware hacks:

There are now even several books on the topic of modifying a WRT54G machine including this one:

Roomba/iCreate[edit]

iRobot is a version of iRobot's popular Roomba vacuum cleaner that is designed for hobbiest. A large number of hobbiest had modified and improved their Roomba robotic vaccum cleaners. Create is essentially a Roomba minus the vacuum cleaner that is targeted at hobbiests.