Bug Labs recently released their latest BUGbase device module with an embedded WiFi and bluetooth solution. Best known for its Lego-like hardware blocks, BUG offers users a set of programmable modules to develop DIY gadgets. What makes this so groundbreaking is the fact that the company is offering one of the first-ever open source WiFi hardware solutions. This means that both large-scale hardware manufacturers and garage tinkers can utilize the code.Have you ever wanted to build a better web cam, GPS device or web video pet monitoring service? Well you just might get your chance.
CEO Peter Semmelhack noted that BUGbase's WiFi has taken a year to launch with significant hardware, software and regulatory struggles to overcome. Nevertheless, the results are a triumph for the entire open source community.
Says Semmelhack, "The world is already rapidly changing via popular software applications like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Digg, etc. It will change even more radically when we are able to personalize our hardware experiences as easily as our digital ones."
Rather than trading old products for newer models or adjusting to the limitations of their gadgets, consumers may one day learn to build better experiences for themselves. Semmelhack listed a number of commercial products that can already be recreated using BUG modules. Below are some of his examples:
1. Novatel Mifi: This pocket-sized mobile hotspot can be created using the BUGbase Wifi and BUG 3G modules.
2. Dash: Most basic GPS solutions can be built using the BUGbase, GPS and BUG 3G modules.
3. Kodak Easyshare One camera with WiFi Card: Users can create their own camera via the BUGbase WiFI, BUGcam modules. They can also add geotagging with the BUGlocate GPS module.