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Apr 5, 2008 8:38pm
Img_missing_medium johnkzin 9 posts

johnkzin

3) the double size touch-screen LCD display, but make sure it has a micri-DVI out (with DVI-A support), and comes with software for a virtual split thumb translucent keyboard


Actually, now that I'm more familiar with the dimensions of the bug system, I bet it's not wide enough to need a _split_ thumb keyboard... so just a virtual and translucent thumb keyboard.
Apr 21, 2008 6:04pm
User_img_not_found_05_med wimora 10 posts

I can see wanting to hook up to a TV.
What about an RCA and/or S-video out module?

May 13, 2008 1:02pm
Img_missing_medium Pritolus 1 post

wimora
I can see wanting to hook up to a TV.
What about an RCA and/or S-video out module?


I've been thinking about a docking station for the Bug base, with built in battery charger etc. I also picture a connection to an open slot in the base, and the ability to put Bug modules onto the docking (TV connector by the TV or accelerometer in the car). Maybe several (only one active at a time). Obviously, the docking could have a TV-connector built in, but that would make it unnessecarily big, like if you want it in your car.

I also thought of covers for unused slots, that can slide away when you insert the Bug base into the docking.
May 13, 2008 1:18pm
Img_missing_medium johnkzin 9 posts

Pritolus
[quote:9e48d5cd73="wimora"]I can see wanting to hook up to a TV.
What about an RCA and/or S-video out module?


I've been thinking about a docking station for the Bug base, with built in battery charger etc. I also picture a connection to an open slot in the base, and the ability to put Bug modules onto the docking (TV connector by the TV or accelerometer in the car). Maybe several (only one active at a time). Obviously, the docking could have a TV-connector built in, but that would make it unnessecarily big, like if you want it in your car.

I also thought of covers for unused slots, that can slide away when you insert the Bug base into the docking.[/quote:9e48d5cd73]

I like the idea of a docking station for the bugbase. But I wouldn't try to make a one-size fits all docking station that goes from desktop to car. Desktop and car are very different environments. I think a car mounting bracket (like you'd use for a GPS) would be much lighter weight and not have things like external display connectors ... while a desktop docking station would almost have to have things like external display, USB ports, etc. (USB ports separate from any on the bug base, so that you can leave things plugged into the dock).

I think for the car, having it hold one or two bug modules on the back of the bracket, so that you can keep your GPS and a map storage module (or maybe a WWAN module) plugged into the car docking station would be all you'd need... along with the power plug.

For the desktop, I'd want a DVI port (with support for DVI-A, which can then get you a DVI to Video adaptor, or DVI to VGA), several USB ports, some bug module ports (if you made it brick shaped, you could put the bug on top, and depending on how the bus works and other layout issues, 2-6 modules around the edges/sides of the brick), at least a SDHC card slot or two (but maybe also an option for a 2.5" hard drive or two, internally), and support for an external optical drive (for direct install of an OS or something).
May 13, 2008 6:14pm
Medium Bug Labs team kschultz 107 posts

The BUGbase has 2 threaded holes that are the same thread as a normal camera mount, so any tripod/camera car adapter can handle them. I was thinking of machining something for my car that could hold either my camera or the BUG in the dash, sometimes I like to do long exposure pictures with a camera or film when I am racing, and it would be easy to just mount the bug on that. That doesn’t help with the power though. I’m not sure how stable it would be with just that attachment driving, but there are slots between the islands and the modules you could slide supports through, I don’t have exact dimensions on them though.

May 21, 2008 7:08pm
Img_missing_medium turn.self.off 5 posts

some stuff i posted in other threads here but i guess i can bunch them up for easy reference:

1. "squid" module. basically a branching module that allow one to attach wires to the side of the module via ports that again terminate in pads for other bug modules. also give it a port on top for more squids or a bug module…

hmm, now that i enter that im starting to think that one can basically just use wires that can connect with squids at each end, and use a squid as a pad. and then i move on to thinking about branching squids. the mind boggles…

2. environmental sensors, temperature, humidity, air pressure, that sort of stuff.

hmm, now that i think about it, maybe one more, unique o this thread. lidar ;)

a laser based short range "radar".

Jun 10, 2008 2:28pm
Img_missing_medium jtoeman 57 posts

Reposting from the blog:

We’ve spent a lot of time watching the discussions on our forums, and have seen some wonderful conversations about future BUGmodules (like here and here). We really want to capture all this data in a way to be (1) useful for our planning purposes, and (2) engaging to you, our community. It’s our feeling that while the forums here are great for in-depth conversations, Q&A, and quick polling, it’s not the ideal setup for what we want to accomplish.

Our goal is to have the voice of the community at large play a loud part in our product planning. This means we’d like to know how the ideas you are all sharing really rank with each other. One person’s all-important laser range finder module is another person’s worst. idea. ever. And the forums don’t really let you express that very easily. Enter IdeaScale.

IdeaScale is similar to the Starbucks and Dell “idea crowdsourcing” systems. Basically anyone can come to the site, and vote or comment on existing ideas, or create their own suggestion. We’ve organized the site to have 4 categories for your feedback:

1. BUGmodules - suggest a module for us to build
2. BUGbase - suggest a technology or other aspect of how you’d like to see a future BUGbase be configured
3. BUG+ - suggest a location for us to come have an event
4. BUG+EDU - suggest a school or program to do with an educational facility

Please come check out the site. At present, no registration is required for basic participation (voting), and we are hoping to create a single-signon process so your BUGnet or forums ID will work across both sites in the future. Also, please feel free to use the forums (here) to give any feedback on IdeaScale itself, how it could be improved, if there are other categories we should add, etc.

A few Bug Labs team members have gotten the ball rolling (myself included), but really this is about the community. Hoping to see you there soon, the very future of the world might just depend on it. Well, that may be a bit of a stretch.
Aug 29, 2008 5:36pm
Img_missing_medium Jeff Thomas 1 post

Ok, I’m sure this has already been thought of, but I don’t see it right away.

Need an audio module that has a microphone on it and has audio out to hook up to externally powered pc speakers.
The video camera handles the viewing input, and touchscreen handles visual output.
But you need audio input and output. Huge potential here for streaming from WiFi and Ethernet RJ45 (to Internet).
Can have inputs and outputs on side to fit in with company idea of stackable modules.

Does Bugbase already have this? If not, this is a must as a module.

(great product – keep cranking!).

Aug 31, 2008 11:22am
Medium Bug Labs team finsprings 268 posts

The BUGbase has a piezo electric buzzer, but there’s an audio module coming.

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