by Andrew “bunnie” Huang
February 2017, 416 pp.
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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.
About the Author
Andrew “bunnie” Huang is a hacker, maker, and open hardware activist. He holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from MIT, is the author of Hacking the Xbox (No Starch Press) and The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen, and has served as a technical advisor for various hardware startups and MAKE Magazine.
Table of Contents
PART I: Manufacturing
PART II: Intellectual Property in China
PART III: Creating Open Hardware
PART IV: Reverse Engineering
“Bunnie is the ultimate tour guide of hardware hacking as it stands today, with an eye towards the sublime art of how things are /really/ made. The Hardware Hacker will take you on a journey through the factories of the world, covering both technical & ethical implications of the ‘stuff’ we manufacture and buy.”
MIT Technology Review spoke with Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang about what you need to know about manufacturing in China.
“Fascinating, insightful, and practical. Curious how the devices in our daily lives come into being? Want to manufacture your own project? In this well-written book, Bunnie describes the ins and outs of manufacturing process in China. A very entertaining and informative read.”
“In The Hardware Hacker, Huang reveals the common ethic behind everything he does: a celebration of ingenuity, problem-solving, craft, technique and curiosity. Nothing less than a masterclass in modern manufacturing.”
“The Hardware Hacker will tell you how to succeed at whatever endeavor brought you to Shenzhen in the first place. It is, at its core, the primer for understanding the culture of making something in China, how to build thousands of things, and why Open Hardware works.”
“Nobody sees and understands manufacturing like bunnie—nobody.”
“Fantastic! Requisite reading for anyone in the business. I know it's going to be good.”
Andrew “bunnie” Huang spoke to Inverse about the SEG Electronics Market in Shenzhen, becoming dependent on our devices, and his work with Edward Snowden.
“The Hardware Hacker makes you rethink the items we buy, where they come from and how they end up the way they are, and the story of the many people who make them. Give this book to an engineer or a hardware hacker and I swear you’ll not hear a peep out of them until they reach the final page.”