Bug Labs is the result of the thinking that goes something like this: all of us are inventors to some degree and within the brains and hearts of all of us inventors live some potentially-great-but-still-unborn ideas and inventions.
Bug Labs offers a platform for all of the would-be inventors out there to create and then modify and customize their favorite gadget. Without getting too technical, BUG refers to a variety of open source hardware modules. Each module, which is meant to connect to something called the BUGbase, can physically connect to others and to various web-based services in a quest to create and share new applications and gadgets. There are, for instance, snap-on modules for GPS devices and digital cameras.
The folks at Bug Labs are doing their best to create a whole new way of creating. They are putting the tools, capabilities and responsibilities of inventing and modifying and re-inventing in the hands of the people themselves. Certainly this user-generated means of invention is more representative of the new way of giving everyone both access to and control over the means of invention and innovation.
This is a company and an idea I will be following over time. It is also one whose time has come and which, I am sure, is being replicated in many ways.