Hi everyone. I’d like to share with you some questions after reading this interesting thread: VESA ergonomic arm docking mount for Eve V? and paying attention to one specific aspect of the discussion.
I that thread @dockguy and others were discussing the possibility of designing a docking mount for the V, and one of the questions was whether the community could have access to the original design files from Eve. This was also commented in a previous thread about the case, and probably in some other occasions I’m missing.
I thought this could be a very interesting topic to discuss beyond those particular cases. Could Eve share some of their source files for the community to develop new solutions around the V? Even more: Could Eve publish those source files in the open, for everyone to view and use?
I see many positive outcomes:
For the community, this would eliminate the need for reverse-engineering the dimensions of the V in order to develop custom/DIY solutions. And I think many people here would just LOVE to open actual 3D files, play around with them and even create (for example) fan art out of them… or just get a closer look on how the V was created and learn something from it.
For accessory manufacturers, it would provide more direct access to specifications. As @fanoftech4life wrote in the other thread, even Apple shares dimensions and guidelines as a PDF… but, what would be the problem of sharing editable files in common formats along with the PDF?
For competing device manufacturers, it would make them a bit easier to study the V’s design. Right. But if big manufacturers are interested in studying the V, there’s almost no way of stopping them. They will be able to reverse-engineer the heck out of it if they want. So not sharing the source files isn’t a real solution against this.
And finally, for the Eve team, this would be another great opportunity to disrupt the tech industry by approaching a more open development model, showing an innovative, inclusive and fearless attitude towards design and manufacturing. It would also help creating a healthy partner ecosystem around the V, and empower the community by making projects (like the ergonomic mount, 3D printed accessories, cases and bags, etc.) easier to develop. As copyright and industrial design rights could still be controlled by Eve, it would mean no conflict with their current business model. Or would it?
So these questions are both for the community and for the Eve team: Would you find it feasible, interesting and positive for any parts involved? What would be the drawbacks? Can you imagine other benefits?