Well, thank goodness. Our gadget analyst, Dan Frommer, says he thinks he understands what Bug Labs is up to (As reported, despite a demo with wooden blocks, the company’s emerging-from-stealth dinner last night is befuddling the blogosphere: please see “Bug Labs Mystery Deepens: It’s not like the iPhone. It’s more like Ning.”)
Dan says he thinks The Bug, the company’s forthcoming product, will be similar to those build-your-own-radio kits that Radio Shack used to sell. Dan seems really excited about it, especially if the wireless world finally goes open access. Alas, although this clarification finally gave us a visual picture of The Bug, it dampens our enthusiasm to near-zero. Those build-your-own-radio kits, we dimly recall, weren’t exactly a chart-topper.
Dan adds, however, that the commercial appeal will really be about other companies using The Bug to create their own products: “sort of like open-source software.” That’s helpful. And nice for all those other companies. Don’t recall offhand too many open-source software providers minting profits these days, but we’ll worry about that later.