Versatile Bug Labs Embraces Android
It’s been no secret that the Android operating system will wind up on all sorts of devices; last year, for example, we talked about home phones and set-top boxes that were in development. Now, however, it may almost literally wind up on "all sorts of devices," as the BUG 2.0 platform has introduced support for Android.
Bug Labs is an interesting little company specializing in modular, open source gear. The pieces – which may be cameras, LCDs, GPS units, accelerometers, or lots of other things – can then be snapped together to form custom gadgets. And programming the gadgets is supposed to be painless. So it’s rather exciting to see Bug Labs and Google linked.
Bug Labs said in a statement, "This is a leap forward for both Bug Labs and Android, as it brings a wide developer community into the open hardware movement. Current Android applications can be ported directly to the BUG hardware, giving developers a new platform to expand on these apps and add significant functionality through open hardware."
The statement then continued, "Further, Android developers can now build devices that span far beyond typical consumer-focused needs, such as in the healthcare, M2M and telematics industries."
Unfortunately, Bug Labs and Google haven’t seen fit to talk about prices and release dates, so it remains unknown when the BUG 2.0 platform will hit the market, and how accessible it will be to the average developer or tinkerer at that time.