Bug Labs. CNET calls it the Lego of gadgets, and who are we to argue? Basically it’s a snap together collection of components which you can assemble in different ways to get different functionality. So, for instance, you can snap a digicam module together with a GPS module and get different uses out of the core box. The centrepiece is a small Linux powered with 128 MB of RAM, battery, USB and ethernet and four connectors for modules. It’s a nice idea – based around Open Source too – and if the catalogue of modules reaches critical mass, could really take off. However one constraint may be the $299.00 base price without modules. Oh and did we mention that you’ll need to write Java code to make it work? Ah well, time will tell.
BUGbase ‘Hiro P’ Edition is the foundation of your BUG device. It’s a fully programmable and “hackable” Linux computer, equipped with a fast CPU, 128MB RAM, rechargeable battery, USB, Ethernet, and a small LCD with button controls. It also has a tripod mount because, well, why not? Each BUGbase houses four connectors for users to combine any assortment of BUGmodules to create their ultimate gadget.