The Libre Computer project is founded with the mission to help people realize computing applications applied to everyday life. We contribute to community-driven open-source software projects that affect our goal of open computing. By open computing, we mean that all the hardware components are available to be purchased by anyone and can be used together with free software to build innovative products without licensing and other restrictions. We want to help accelerate this by providing the knowledge, skills, and tools to help people offer better services to each other through this open computing initiative.
Shenzhen Libre Technology Co., Ltd represents an ecosystem of service providers that assist companies in designing products and solutions. Through our operating agreement, we allocate funds for open-source software and platform technologies to improve the ecosystem. It is unavoidable for modern, secure, and reliable products/solutions to rely on open-source software and we aim to be a strategic partner in helping companies and people integrate perspective, processes, and technologies into their offerings.
Our product offerings are designed by top industry engineers and come with FCC, CE, and RoHS certifications. We only source new components from tier 1 manufacturers to ensure reliable operation of our products. Our network of industrial designers and software providers can work with you to build a wide range of electronic products with unmatched synergy.
What is computing?
Computing is the activity of applying mathematical steps via a machine to assist the transformation of information. The first such machine, the abacus, is as old as written history itself, dating over 5000 years. However, it is not until the 20th century that a model of a general purpose computing device was established by Alan Turing. It was called the Turing Machine and most modern computers operating along the lines of his model.
Computers are pervasive through our everyday lives in the form of mobile phones, smart watches, televisions, and much more. As the technologies matured, computers became smaller, cheaper, and more powerful but relegated to a role that requires human intervention. Eventually, computers will play a active and vital role in corner of every day life without human intervention. Computers will not solve the problems of scarcity and conflict but it will bring enhancements to the human experience.
How will computers change?
The explosion of investment and ecosystems in hardware and software has commoditized products that once were exclusive to large institutions. Today, people have access to extremely powerful computers at very low cost along with giant libraries of software available for free. This has brought down the cost of developing ideas to time and ability rather than monetary means. There is a contemporary social movement involving “making” with these computing tools. The people involved are reshaping people’s idea of computers as every industry and niche is disrupted by their work.
When computing was in its infancy, computers were built with individual vacuum tube transistors. As time progressed, designers began to make bigger and bigger functional blocks until there were complete mix function units call “System on Chip”. We hope to build the next layer by creating flexible designs that can be integrated into many applications as to reduce the non-recurring engineering costs in software and hardware.