Cloning Objects presents an alternative scenario in which a collection of products are each embedded with all of the information needed for their own reproduction. Scanning the object with a software interface allows a user to “inspect” the components of an object, revealing files for reproduction with digital fabrication, schematics for electronic components, and the source-code for any software used to control the object. The autonomous objects and their components are made accessible on an individual level, and can be freely shared, modified, and redistributed.
Cloning objects is a collaboration between Jesse Howard, Leonardo Amico, Tilen Sepič, and Thibault Brevet. It is an extension of the Hacking Households project originally presented at BIO 50 in 2014.