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Bug Labs Store is open for business (sort of)

Bug Labs, who won the CNET Best of CES award in the Emerging Technologies category, opened the doors of their online store today.

In case you missed all of the excitement around the Bug platform at CES, you can check out my video demo here. In a nutshell, Bug Labs is building an open Linux and Java-based platform for building custom gadgets. They provide the interlocking modules and developers provide the code to make those modules do all kinds of cool stuff.

Bug modules

Bug Labs' modules include the BUGbase, an LCD, a 2 megapixel camera,  a motion sensor and a GPS unit.

So, as I mentioned, the Bug Labs Store officially opens today for pre-orders (products ordered will ship in March). However, Jeremy Toeman recommends that only programmers purchase the Bug modules right now.

"For those of you who have ZERO programming experience, this isn't a great time to buy a BUG.  It'd be like having a Web browser on your computer in 1988 (which would've been quite a feat, by the way): the platform works, but it doesn't have much going on.  Right now, and for the next few months, our focus is building a developer community.  This is part of why we made the SDK available back in December, as we anticipate working hand-in-hand with programmers to build a huge suite of cool applications for the BUG.  So if the promise of the "Lego of Gadgets" is appealing to you, but you don't have any direct programming skills, we recommend you hold off for a few months.  Stay tuned for updates here as we'll be sure to talk about how the community is evolving the BUG!"

So, if you're a programmer familiar with Linux and Java, then head over to the Bug Labs Store or grab the SDK and start writing some cool code for the rest of us.

The BUGbundle, which includes the base and all 4 modules, is pre-ordering for a discounted, early adopter price of $549. You can also buy items ala carte. The BUGbase, which is the brain of the system, is $299. The 4 snap-in modules range in price from $49 to $99.

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