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Nov 6 2007   2:33PM GMT

Overheard: Open source hardware mashups

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

peter_semmelhack.gif “I found myself holding one Lego block in one hand and another Lego block in the other and wondering, why couldn’t this block be a GPS and this block be a wireless modem and stick them together to get a wireless GPS?”

Peter Semmelhack of Bug Labs, as quoted in a blog post by David Cohn

David Cohn writes: Bug Labs hopes to do for consumer electronics what Web site mashups have done for the Internet, provide the means for anyone to create their own product. What they will start selling in the fall are the BUGS or the base piece of hardware that can be adapted to include any number of modules that snap into the baseboard like jigsaw pieces. The various add-ons, like a GPS device, a camera, an LCD screen, or keyboard, can be mixed or matched to produce as many gadgets as the consumers can dream up. With 80 potential plug-ins to choose from the BUG could become the foundation for any number of niche gadgets.

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