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

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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, you'll get a discount off of the already fairly reasonable prices.

• BUGbase - $349 ($299 w/discount)
• LCD module - $119 ($99 w/discount)
• GPS module - $99 ($79 w/discount)
• Camera module - $79 ($69 w/discount)
• Motion detector / Accelerometer - $59 ($49 w/discount)

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All these will be shipping in Q1 2008, and be served in a first come basis. No pricing yet on the Von Hippel unit (named after the MIT professor and author Eric Von Hippel).

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DISCUSSION

i have done alot of programming with a parralex basic stamp. The most amount of fun was peicing together stuff, solder and program everything for a cool custom solution. Especially when the actual equipment i built, would cost around $800 and i did it all in $200 and a long weekend.

I watched all his videos, unless he gives sample programs and solutions packages with his bug he is going to miss the boat.

Clearly the guy doesnt understand the market, poeple want to take this cool device, that already does cool stuff and stretch it to the limit. But since it really doesnt do anything cool out of the box, he is going to loose the normal geek that cant program.