At Etech this Week: .
Personalizing the Device: How Communities Will Help Actualize User-generated Hardware and the Long-tail of Gadgetsa presentation from Peter Semmelhack - Bug Labs
The explosive growth of user-generated content has proved that creativity can trump capital, in that the barriers to create and distribute content have been virtually eliminated. Social web services (e.g., Flickr, YouTube), and "mashups" of these services, have created a unique collaborative infrastructure that enable new possibilities in producing and sharing information, media, and perhaps most importantly, ideas.
This new system of exchange has now materialized in the physical world, as we're empowered to create personalized, or "user-generated," apparel, automobiles, and hardware—specifically, consumer electronics. With the support of the community, individuals are helping each other develop new ways of experiencing this universe of content in a far more personalized context.
About the Bug Labs modules: my inital thoughts and questions
- The base station seems a little expensive as a get in. But its GPL - can they asume a DIY BUG board will emerge
- in that spirit - how easy is it to get into
- How about the modules- get them apart - grow your own - an eco-system of module hackers and wranglers would be a key thing.
- how bout compatibility with other platforms? - set up your own platforms and standards - but can you talk to the others - maybe hackers will help find a way around this; prediction: 1st internet hack; Bug Base to Wiimote :P
- eg. software hackers from Rails to Flash, to Processing to Max/MSP-Pd could get in on the act if it talks to their code
Project Sun SPOT: Inspiring Future Gadgets
A new generation of gadgets is emerging that can wirelessly communicate, sense their environment and affect the physical world around them. Learn to use open source software and hardware to create everything from gesture-based interfaces to robot swarms to a rainforest monitoring system that may just save the world.
For the Sun SPOTS: