Nortd Labs a.k.a. NOR_/D is an international research and development collaborative dedicated to the merging of open source art, architecture, software and system design. NORTD Labs is also a studio of creative thought that engages science, art and design.
Historically, NORTD Labs has developed open-source hardware such as CUBIT in 2007, which has been built and used by thousands of people, labs, hacker-spaces, and universities worldwide. NORTD Labs work is released under various open licenses.
According to co-founder Addie Wagenknecht, NORTD Labs “wants to change how people create, build and consume objects. Living in a software/internet powered world we forget about how physical products are created. We want to allow makers to feel empowered and to lose the black box feel of closed systems.”
NORTD lab’s commitment is to support open values and the public domain through the use of open licenses, support for open entrepreneurship, and the admonishment of copyright and intellectual property patents in exchange for support of open licenses.
Although NORTD Labs work is typically highly technical in nature, they define themselves as artists, not engineers.