I recently came across a new company that has a rather interesting new product. Bug Labs makes a small, cheap, open source computer that, combined with addons that you can purchase, make this endlessly hackable. So far they only have four modules (a screen, motion detector/accelerometer, GPS receiver, and a digital camera), but the company promises more in the future. These additional modules are designed to just snap onto the base and immediately start working. Bug Labs even provides a place on their website where people can share programs they made. With a software development kit available, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination and patience.
Archive for January, 2008
My favorite entry in the Innovate or Die contest is MIT’s pedal powered supercomputer. Although I am rather fond of many of the other entries that were more pure creativity and ingenuity that somebody cobbled together mostly from things they had lying around, I liked MIT’s entry the most because I think it was the most practically significant. I’m not saying that there is going to be a run on pedal powered computers in the future, but it is a fine example of energy efficient computing. With computers as common as they are, making them more energy efficient can have many implications on energy consumption. Not to mention that this technology is probably the most marketable idea in the contest. Again, not because of its pedal power, but its extreme energy efficiency is likely to catch the eye of companies that operate supercomputers and servers. The less energy the computers use, the more money in the company’s pocket, and the less heat the computers generate because of the reduced energy, the closer together you can put the computers. With computers that are more energy and space efficient, what’s not to love?