Citizen Engineer – Consumer Electronics Hacking and Open Source Hardware by Phillip Torrone and Limor Fried This is a hands-on session on all the things you’re not supposed to do (but want to) with the gadgets that fill our drawers and shelves: transform an old VCR into an automatic cat feeder, use open interfaces to control Roomba robotic vacuums. Projects like these (and others, such as WRT54G hacking, iPod Linux, car-computer hacking, etc.) are part of a growing trend where consumers are going back and hacking what they buy. Just as computer hacking is closely tied to the open source software movement, so can such embedded gadget-hacking lead to an open source hardware movement. HOPE Number 6 took place on July 21-23, 2006 at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.