Bug Labs Open Source Do-It-Yourself Gadget Gets a Hacking I/O Module, Pricing

Those Bug Labs open source modular gadgets—the ones that you can buy in pieces and build your own gadget with—have just gotten pricing and availability details. They're also announcing a Von Hippel module, which allows an I/O interface so you can "further" hack your BUG. If you buy the modules in the first 60 days,… » 1/05/08 3:00pm 1/05/08 3:00pm

First Video: Bug Labs Powers Up Its Modular Open-Source Device

Today, for the first time, Bug Labs CEO Peter Semmelhack is showing off a genuine powered-up prototype of the modular, open-source consumer-electronics device. Want a camera? Snap it on. Want GPS? Go for it. Here you see him attaching touchscreen LCDs, motion sensor, camera, 3G wireless LAN and GPS. It's powered up,… » 11/19/07 3:28pm 11/19/07 3:28pm

First Look at Bug Labs Hardware (Video and Gallery)

Bug Labs and their open source hardware might make building gadgets as easy as stacking lego bricks. Here's the first time we've seen the hardware live and we were lucky enough to have founder Peter Semmelhack walk us through the gear, module by module. Below, there's a gallery walkthrough of the parts. [Bug Labs on… » 11/01/07 7:19pm 11/01/07 7:19pm

Bug Labs Gadgets Better Than a Blackberry?

No. Peter Semmelhack explains why his open source gadget hardware will never be as lean and mean of an email chucking machine as the Blackberry. The BB's about doing a few things particularly well, while his hardware is meant to stimulate the brain and live up to your imaginative hacking plans. Like legos, they're… » 10/31/07 10:20pm 10/31/07 10:20pm

Bug Labs Interview: Why Open Source Hardware When Open Software Is So Powerful By Itself?

I sat down with Peter Semmelhack, CEO of Bug labs, to talk about his open source hardware gadgets. My first question for him was why open source hardware when open source software is so powerful and easier to implement? His answer explained how Bug Labs should anticipate the innovative hacks (like Lego Mindstorm), but… » 10/25/07 7:43pm 10/25/07 7:43pm

Bug Labs: First Look at the Hardware Designs

The first renderings of the final hardware cases for Bug Labs open source gadget platform are up on their website. As you can see it's really coming along since the last time we got a look at it. It's looking halfway decent now, although a little clunkier than I would have expected. It will be interesting to see how… » 10/08/07 7:47pm 10/08/07 7:47pm