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Jan 9, 2008 1:06am
User_img_not_found_05_med enicky 24 posts

Topic: Official Updates / Vote for Bug Labs!

you got my vote!

Jan 8, 2008 11:57pm
rdpatr01 1 post

Topic: BUGmodules / Some ideas for modules.. (a rather long list!)

Preferably one capable of upgrades through firmware upgrades

Video Cam-
Capable of taking video on the fly and some kind of video editing module

maybe some kind of skype or Voip support as well

Jan 8, 2008 7:48pm
cathyj 7 posts

Topic: Official Updates / Vote for Bug Labs!

I’ve voted

Jan 8, 2008 7:07pm
David 15 posts

Topic: BUGbase / BUG price :(

yup, jon… i already suggsted that there could be an educational program

Jan 8, 2008 4:49pm
Medium mcaric 64 posts

Topic: BUGmodules / What are the GPS specifications??

You can find specs for the GPS module here:



Jan 8, 2008 4:32pm
Medium mcaric 64 posts

Topic: BUGmodules / Some ideas for modules.. (a rather long list!)

Hi Josh,

There are some great ideas on here! I’m a big fan of the laser module, myself.


Jan 8, 2008 4:05pm
hzaida 38 posts

Topic: Meet & Greet / Hello from the U.K




Jan 8, 2008 3:39pm
Medium mcaric 64 posts

Topic: Official Updates / Vote for Bug Labs!

Hi everyone,

Bug Labs is up for the People’s Voice Award at CES, and there’s a way you can help! It’ll take less than 30 seconds of your time.

1. Click here: http://ces.cnet.com/ces/peoples-voice/

2. Scroll down about half-way until you find "Emerging Technologies",
then look for "PV14 Bug Labs Platform". Click on the little button to vote for it.

3. Scroll all the way down, find the "vote now" button, then click it.

It couldn’t be simpler! And thanks in advance!


Jan 8, 2008 2:43pm
Josh 6 posts

Topic: Meet & Greet / Hello from the U.K


Another hello from the UK :)

Learning Java from the ground up at the moment, but otherwise i’m just interested in how this BUG idea will pan out!



Jan 8, 2008 2:40pm
Josh 6 posts

Topic: BUGmodules / Some ideas for modules.. (a rather long list!)

I was a bit bored one night and thought up a few things that i thought could be fun to put on a BUG :)

Environmental Input Device:
A module that has a few basic sensors such as temperature, humidity, light, air pressure, etc (seems a waste making extra modules for each one). Also the module could ideally include ports that allowed sensors to be extended - say for temperature probes. The module could be used for things like doing some output at a certain temperature, logging conditions in say a greenhouse, measuring light for photography, etc.

Perhaps a more useful device would be one with say three "probe ports" to which could be added sensors that the user desires.


A great addition to the GPS module, so that not only can you show *where* you are, but also how high up, and so on. This could even be used for sports like skydiving - measuring your descent rate, coupled with GPS so that you can plot a 3D graph of your movement. Although this would ideally mean that it would have a range of around +15000 feet.

Or, pop your bug on a kite, altimeter hits X height, bug starts taking pictures - possibly a parachute module would also be astute.

Memory Expansion:

If you're going to implement speakers, then obviously people are going to use the BUG as an MP3 playback device, so more memory - say a compactflash, SD, etc card reader would be a useful expansion.

In the same vein, you could add modules that increase the base unit's functionality, such as RAM modules, modules that add extra processing functionality (say for graphics, sound etc.) or a module with a more powerful antenna for wifi, etc.


Presumably this IS in the pipeline, but basically a module that has an omnidirectional microphone and an output port. It could also have a mic in port so that you could extend the range of the mic.

Circuit Development:

Possible things ideas include a digital multimeter that can output a log to onboard memory, slots for programming integrated circuits like PIC, a breadboard like module (ie stream a design to the LCD screen and then build and test on the breadboard module which takes power from either the BUG or a built in battery).

Or possibly even a function generator with basic outputs like Sine, Square and Triangular waves.

Lighting module:

Something simple like an array of LED's that can be controlled individually or as a single bright light, connect it up to my previously mentioned function generator and you've got yourself strobe lights, connect it up to a microphone and you've got a rave box that can pulse in time to the music, connect it to a light sensor so it goes on when it gets dark - the list goes on!


Mentioned before, but this would be very cool, using your BUG as the ultimate media remote, streaming pictures from your phone to your BUG to save or stream to your PC, etc.


Something like those old business card scanners you can get, the scanner "bit" would be on one of the edges so that you sweep the bug along one of it's vertices across the text or whatever you want to scan.

In the same sort of idea, a printer attachment - perhaps the same size as the bug but with a single module "bridge". It would easily work as a thermal printer so you can take pictures, print them off, have a calculator print off your calculations, fetch your emails and print them, etc.

Button Inputs:

A vision of the old Gameboy comes to mind, LCD screen on one module, buttons on the bottom.. and so on! But yes, buttons for extra input, maybe even a way of customisable locations - such as a breadboard type design with pin style buttons.

Solar Power:

This one actually might just work! Like a spare battery, put the solar panel on so you can power your BUG on the move - i imagine it doesn't need an excessive amount of power, even then, it'd be pretty cool/useful.

Also, battery modules - i assume they're in the works too?

Hot/Cold pads:

More of a fun idea than anything else, but modules that either heat up or cool down - i'm sure there's a use for them somewhere!

Have a laser module for some reason or another, face it, if it has lasers, you get +10 coolness however useless it is!

Motor mounting:

Just a module containing maybe a couple of servos or something to that effect, linked up to the lcd screen to control. Or for use as a motorised tripod (again, already mentioned!). Another thing that springs to mind is robotics, so motor housing to control legs, etc.

Radio module:

Transmit or recieve - your choice! A module containing a radio transmitter that you could use to control another BUG with a radio reciever - say with the above robotics ideas.

Force Feedback:
A module that provides tactile feedback based on what's going on, perhaps linked to an exeternal device or to the accelerometer.


Swipe Card Reader - A basic magnetic swipe reader/writer
RFID Tag Writer/Read - Already mentioned, but would be very cool!
Fingerprint Scanner - Same sort of deal as the RF and Swipe readers.

Some kind of module that you detach, it takes in data of some description stores it on onboard memory - it could take memory cards as well - and then you dock it with the BUG and it downloads it's data ready for processing. Not sure what exactly you could do - and it would have to be powered somehow, but it could be used say with temperature? Or even as a spy bug, it records audio data and then you return it to "base" and it downloads it for you.


The best way i can think of for linking two Base stations together as a way of expanding the ports would be to have a way of "snapping" them together. I initially though of just using 2 double width modules and bridging it along the top, but you then use up four ports so you're not really expanding. Either that or make modules with sides that can clip onto each other (whilst preserving the aesthetic) or.. use one of the ports on the sides as a way of clipping 2 bases together. Although it would be possible i suppose to put a sort of extra flat bit on the top that still accepts modules so that you get 2 units that's just a little higher than normal. Linking generally then i suppose wifi would be easiest.

MIDI Keyboard:

An small keyboard for messing around on, keys could light up when pressed (or for tutorial style learning). It would only need to be an octave (with maybe 1 note either side) and with maybe a pitch wheel.

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