The main problem is that companies do not always kill products because they are bad – they often kill them because they are too GOOD, and affecting the way they sell their other products and often cannibalizing sales for lower profit margins. Between this and IP that gets used in future products, it’s a hard sell for organizations to want to do this. Still, would love to see older products show up on this.
ptorrone writes “MAKE Magazine is proposing big companies like Cisco and Sony consider ‘open sourcing’ their failed or discontinued products. The list includes Sony’s AIBO and QRIO robots, IBM’s Deep Blue chess computer, Ricochet Wireless, Potenco’s Pull-Cord Generator, Palm, Microsoft’s SPOT Watch, CISCO Flip Camera and more. MAKE is also encouraging everyone to post about what products they’d like to see open sourced.”
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