BUGbase / BUGmodules – pricing and shipping

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BUGlabs announced their pricing and shipping schedule today –

AVAILABILITY / PRE-ORDERS
The BUGbase and BUGmodules will ship by Monday, March 17, 2008. We’ll begin taking pre-orders through our online store on Monday, January 21, 2008.

PRICING / EARLY-ADOPTER DISCOUNT
The BUGbase will retail for $349, and the BUGmodules will vary from $59 to $119. However, we’ll be offering an “early adopter discount” to anyone who purchases the BUGbase or BUGmodules within the first 60 days of availability. Prices are as follow:

Description: Early-adopter price / Retail price
BUGbase: $299 / $349
Touchscreen LCD: $99 / $119
GPS: $79 / $99
Camera: $69 / $79
Motion/accelerometer: $49 / $59

NEW BUGMODULE
We’ll also be announcing the Von Hippel BUGmodule, named after MIT professor and “Democratizing Innovation” author Eric Von Hippel. This BUGmodule will add an interface of inputs and outputs to the BUG, allowing users to “hack” their BUG even further.

BUG+EDU
Finally, we’ll be announcing BUG+EDU, which is a series of programs and promotions aimed at introducing BUG to the education market, from primary to post-secondary institutions. Over the next quarter, we’ll be unveiling more details on this initiative.

10 thoughts on “BUGbase / BUGmodules – pricing and shipping

  1. Yow. It’s nice that there’s these modules and a base and such, but …. I could buy a Nokia N810 for much less money, get an ARM processor, touchscreen LCD, GPS, and camera. It doesn’t have the accellerometers, true, but it does have Bluetooth, and the Nintendo Wiimote has accellerometers.

    I wish them the best of success, but at those prices, I fear that they will have none.

  2. Russell — that’s probably the same line of “reasoning” people used when guys hot-rodded their cars in the ’60s and ’70s. And heck, you can get a computer from Dell for about $400, so why build your own?

    Make: is for people who like to tinker, and the Bugs aren’t intended to replace an off-the-shelf product, but to encourage creativity. Can you replace the GPS module in your N810 when Gallileo comes on-line? What about putting a new camera in there when the price per pixel make it cost-effective? Can you double the size of the screen if you want to? Can you write your own apps with Nokia’s blessing?

  3. @James: actually the answer to most of these questions is “yes”. People who really like to tinker can tinker with most anything.

    Yawn.

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