The current IDEO-driven round of open-access concept development is just the latest in a long line of innovations for the uber-gadgety BUG system we blogged about earlier today. The modular electronic prototyping kit has been racking up awards and rave reviews since its debut at CES 2008 (including the coveted CNET Best of CES award), due in part to the unprecedented nature of its function, but also because of its elegant interface and design.
Much of the credit for that goes to long-time BUGlabs collaborator ECCO Design, who have been the primary creative force behind the system's development for the past two years.
Turns out this is just the start, too. The collection of BUGbase and five plug-in modules currently available on the site (camera, motion sensor, GPS, video screen and breakout board) just got augmented with the announcement at this year's CES of five more, including a projector, speaker/mic combo and three flavors of wireless networking radios. Long term plans call for 80 or more modules in all, with new ones being added constantly via a little open-source idea list on the BUGlabs website. ECCO also promises a full QWERTY keyboard and GSM module:
plus some other goodies like double-wide LCDs and an E-Ink module for which no pics are yet available.
Fairly specific video intro to the BUGbase is after the jump (turns out it's really a tiny battery-powered Linux computer), and loads more info is available on the BUGlabs website.
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