Bug 2.0 – OMAP3, BeagleBoard compatible and Android development support
Bug 2.0!… OMAP3, BeagleBoard compatible and Android development support – good stuff!
Today’s a big day for the BUG team. We are reporting to you from the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain with some really exciting news and some really incredible demos (be sure to check back for updates as they come in). If you have not yet heard the big news, we announced this morning a new addition to the BUG family of products – BUG 2.0. The second generation BUG will be a big leap forward for our little rapid prototyping device. We will be releasing plenty of details in the coming months on all of the planned enhancements, but right now all we can tell you is that the new BUG will have support for Android development and will be based on the Texas Instruments OMAP3 platform, allowing for full BeagleBoard compatibility. We are always looking to bring the open hardware movement to larger and larger communities of developers, and BUG 2.0 will meet that goal in a very big way. If you would like more info, be sure to check out the full press release HERE.
We will have many more updates coming out of Barcelona from Monday to Thursday. Be sure to check back often for the latest from Peter, the BUG team, and some of the incredible businesses we are working with on the ground here at the conference.
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Good work from those guys, but I’m going to make a prediction:
Creative reuse will trump new open source hardware for a long, long, time.
It has to do with economies of scale, and parallels the pile-of-pcs supercomputer realization: a thing can be powerful because it is cheap, because it is popular. It’s a feedback loop. An x86 core is not the ideal supercomputer building block, but given a few thousand of them (now tens of thousands of them) …
The bug is nice, at a couple hundred bucks. And as it happens I was playing with Android code this morning, and old Waba code for my $10 Palm M500. The Palm was a couple hundred. Now it’s $10, programmable, ubiquitous.
Actually the thing that saved me there was Waba, an open source SDK, still available after Palm deep-sixed their old proprietary SDKs.
This ramble leads me to believe that the cool thing will be programming $50 used Droids 5 years from now …
(It’s interesting also how the $10 Palm “competes” with other microcontroller displays. It’s got RS-232 out, and I hope to get the IR talking to an Arduino at some point.)