Ken Gilmer, Bug Labs., USA
Ken Gilmer is the head of software development at Bug Labs and is responsible for the software platform to enable entirely new applications and gadgets. At the tender age of 11, shortly after probing the inner workings of the 555 timer, Ken discovered (with the help of an abandoned TI 99/4A) that building systems is easier in software than in hardware, and he's been hooked ever since (but not to his TI 99/4A). He firmly believes machines can have souls and he´s working hard at Bug Labs to make it happen (again). In addition to BUG, he also contributes to several open source projects, and also enjoys cycling to work immersed amongst chaotic NYC motorists.
The BUG is a modular, mobile, open source computer designed to put the user in control. Using Linux, Java, and OSGi new types of applications can be created with previously unknown hardware combinations. This talk will illustrate how to build dynamic, highly customizable applications using Linux, Java, OSGi, and Eclipse. All platform and tool software is open source. We will give a brief technical overview of the software platform and then build some interesting apps! More information on the BUG is available at http://buglabs.net.