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The original YBox was a nifty little electronic gewgaw that made it easy to make a network appliance that displayed itself on a TV, all fit into an Altoids tin. The kits have been sold out for quite a while, but I’m excited to hear that it’s been given a second life in the YBox2 platform.

Robert Quattlebaum undertook the task of creating the new version and teamed up with ladyada to help bring the new kits to the hacker masses. It’s built around an 80MHz 32KB Propeller chip, supports NTSC and PAL, and comes prepackaged with a bootloader that allows you to upload new firmware over ethernet instead of requiring you to use a programmer cable.

This is an open hardware project, so you can either build it from scratch or purchase a kit from the adafruit store. All you’ll need to do after that is write a cool widget for it and send an email my way so I can post it here. :)

YBox2 – DIY Networked Set-top Box