When creating new products it is often easyer to start with something you know and/or in this case some easy accessible. For many hackers Ikea has become a good starting place, as there products are relative cheep and if your hack turns out bad, you have not lost much.
Switz Industrial Design Student Andreas Bbend has here made some cool Ikea hacks and a stop-motion showing the transformation from mainstream to special.
As spring is coming and the weather is getting warmer, Will Bratton and Samuel Bagot from Texas are seeking founding via Kickstarter to this awsome open hardware project.
They have designed a half sphere green house with a controlled environment. Via a web interface moister and temperatures levels can be monitored and setting can changed. The controls are base on the Arduino open hardware platform and used a Ethernet shield to create connection to a web interface. This will allow a broader development community to create modification, such as automated opening of vents for natural ventilation.
Read more about the project and back it on Kickstarter
Now Lego is on with open innovation with this cool social platform ReBrick where users can share their lego creations.