Bug Labs has developed a modular mini-computer running on open source software. I first read about it in the O’Reilly Radar blog. Bug Labs has promised to make all the source code for the platform available. The main BUGbase module is 10×5 cm big and can accommodate four other modules, each 5×5 cm big.
The system isn’t completely finished, but soon it will be possible to buy the base module and other modules like:
- BUGlocate – GPS receiver.
- BUGcam2MP – 2 megapixel digital camera.
- BUGview – 2.46″ 320×240 pixels LCD screen.
- BUGmotion – A combined motion detector and accelerometer.
The base module will eventually have built-in WiFi and hopefully they will also make a UMTS (3G) communication module. Applications are developed using Java together with an Eclipse based IDE. I’m very interested to see what kind of applications people might come up with for this thing.
It’s like Lego for grownups.