Fab Academy 13

Invention, Intellectual Property and Income

Creative Commons:


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License Simulator:

The Creative Commons webpage has a License Simulator that helps you choose the kind of license that fits best to your project. I did this excersice, but anyway I thing it still misses some other stuff but, as they say, this is a base to build on it.


Licensing and Income:

This is the way in which I create my project could be licensed or financed, I still don't understand very well the types of software or hardware licenses, but I think the design should be open source since the project will give better results among more people use it and feed it with more data, which in the end will help to have better optimization of variables. And it is in this data where the project's value is for me.


I design the machine, the electronics, the schematics, the software and the interface, and open the machine design to the world to build it and use it.

Open Source Design:

People can download the code, the blueprint for the machine, the BOM and buy the parts separately and build it by themselves.


Download the code, the blueprint for the machine, buy all the parts directly from me and assemble it themselves.


I can travel and do the whole process of buying the parts and assembling the machine in any place in the world.

Use of Platform Restrictions:

Even when the machine is free to build, the only restriction would be that when using it, it must be connected to my platform to load the data that each one obtains from their own tests with their plants, for data analysis, algorithm optimization and broadening the database worldwide.

Worldwide Database:

The person can access with their user FREE OF CHARGE, only to the data generated by their own research (their plants with their variables and the suggested optimization).


In the future, a MONTHLY FEE may be paid to access the entire plant analysis library that others have made with the machine around the world.

Updates / Upgrades:

Machine updates, new versions and modifications, will work in the same way as with the initial version.
Blueprints will be opened for each one to buy the materials and do them by themselves.


You will be able buy parts or boards already manufactured or pre ensambled.


They can pay for the materials and modification to be made on site.

Community Generation:

To promote rapid community growth and data generation as well, this machine can be offered to different farming communities around the world, farmers unions, schools and universities for experimentation.


You can make a crowdfunding campaign for the construction of the initial machines for the development of the database, and you can even give (pre-sell) one or more machines as a benefit of the crowdfunding people who want to initially invest in it, and thus disseminate more machines to have a greater amount of data that are feeding the platform to improve the machine learning process.


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