[Baypiggies] OpenSource | Think Geek | Python Hacking

Shannon -jj Behrens jjinux at gmail.com
Thu May 14 07:38:08 CEST 2009

On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 10:09 PM, Glen Jarvis <glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:
> Okay, I'm day-dreaming with this one... but, just for a second imagine....
> Open source, *MODULAR HARDWARE*. I've always imagined cell phones to be like
> this so you modularly add whatever components you want to make a single
> device. I like the idea that this hardware is a device that you "plug in a
> "GPS device" or "camera" or whatever sensor you need. Think of a swiss-army
> knife of mobile devices like this...
> Anyhow, back to reality: Think Geek has found something awesome (not exactly
> what I dreamed about, but getting in the right ball park):
> http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/bdbd/
> It's completely open source (Hardware and software). Unfortunately, I don't
> know Java (and am not that interested in learning Java). But, if it's open
> source, and since this community is so dog gone bright... I bet we could
> make a Python equivalent, or use Jython if nothing else...
> Who's interested? I'm still a starving hacker, so there's no way I can
> afford this price tag. Anyone want to buy a toy like this and have a big
> play date where we all hack on it to make something cool in Jython or
> Python?
> It's a limited offer, and Think Geek's been pretty honest about this in the
> past. They probably won't carry it for long, if it isn't already sold out.
> Cheers,

If you want a phone with "open source" hardware, see
http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Main_Page.  Unfortunately, it's not
really modular in the sense that you want.  I don't think you can
create an iPhone-like device in a modular way.  I.e. it takes a heck
of a lot of planning to get all the pieces to fit ;)


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