Yesterday was show and tell day for linux.conf.au with a pavilion full of gadgets, toys and cool stuffLeading Up
Open Day began at 3pm, so there were the standard tutorial sessions throughout the day. Chris Blizzard's talk on the Sugar interface for the OLPC program drew much attention.OLPC interface
The screen showing you what applications are running. In this case there is a web browser nd chat program running. The interface is highly based on icons because it is designed for children and it must be useable with a black and white monitor due to requirements for outdoor use.OLPC interface
Playing the camera that is inside the OLPC.
Notice the minimal interface and how it is icon driven.
OLPC + kids
The target market loves it!Close, but no Guitar - Frets on Fire
Builder AU's Nick Gibson shows why he is at a linux conference and not on tour.Wiimote + Tuxracer
The old OpenGL staple game just got a lot more cooler. Not only was the Wiimote used here as a controller into the laptop, it was also used a presentation slide changer during the Gaming Mini-Conference.Tux on Wheels
What's not to love about a mobile Tux?RoboPuppy Soccer
Having a cute mechanical dog play with a small ball always draws the crowds.Google is Hiring!
When you have so many talented people in a small area, of course Google will try to lure a few.QTopia phone
Trolltech showed off their phone that has an interface based on QT.It's a Dvorak!
You know that you have hit hardcore central when you see that type of keyboard.PS3 running a Linux desktop
What do you do when you have the latest and greatest toy? Throw Linux on it!Solar Powered Bee Webcam
I don't know how big the market for Bee Webcams is, but it has to be good! Just look at it!3D printers
Now you really do have to fill your printer with dead trees!The builder is going to here about this!
Either someone has installed a skylight in the middle of my water heater panels or it's the cockpit for the Sunswift solar car.Sweet Dreams!
At the end of the day, even Builder editors need their sleep.
Bye Bye Linux.conf.au 2007, it was a definite score!
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.