Neuros OSD

Neuros OSDAlong the same topic as a few of my last posts, I ran across a really cool piece of hardware called the Neuros OSD. I guess if you wanted to compare it to something, it’s similar to Apple’s yet-to-be-released iTV box with one major difference… it’s totally open. The machine runs open source Linux-based firmware, so it’s about as hackable as you can get. It looks like it will be able to do just about everything that was announced on the iTV. It can record video from any source and links to your PC, portable, flash cards, external hard drive, etc. The big question on this thing is really how the developer community takes it and extends it. Neuros has given the whole hacking process a kick start with several bounties for certain features. They’re offering the following bounties for developers who can create these features.

  • YouTube or Google video Browser
    Bounty: $1000
  • Flickr Photo Browser
    Bounty: $600
  • Implement a wireless remote using a WiFi PDA (or PSP) as the remote.
    Bounty: $500
  • TiVo style functionality for radio. Hook up the OSD to a FM/AM or Satellite receiver and do timed recordings or FF/RW and Pause Live Radio. Bounty:
  • Voip on the OSD. Plug a USB phone into the OSD and make calls without touching any of your PCs.
    Bounty: $500

Given the above cash rewards, hopefully this thing will take off. It’s strength is in the fact that it’s totally open. I’m not limited to what Apple, or Tivo, or Microsoft tell me I can or can’t do do with it. The Neuros OSD looks like a nice little piece of hardware, that (depending on how it matures) I think would probably chose over the iTV.

One Comment

gravatar Kieran

Is offering a bounty common in open source and fair use? I have never heard of that before, and boy does it sound like a good way to do business.

On a similar note, I read a really interesting article in the last Wired where Lawrence Lessig discusses the difference between the mentality of “Free Beer” and “Free Software”; the article draws some important distinctions between the idea that freeware is just there for the taking (sans donation or even a price for the software), rather it implies a freedom of development, not a lack of paycheck for the developers. Interesting ideas, as always LL.

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