7 reviews


$349.00 Released January, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Completely programmable and hackable. Runs on all open-source software including Linux. Connect up to four BUGmodules.

The Cons:No WiFi on Hiro P edition. Novelty is greater than practical use.

BUGbase is the base module of BUG, a collection of programmable electronic modules which allow users to build their own devices. The BUGbase is a programmable computing device running Linux, and includes a CPU, 128 MB RAM, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, USB, Ethernet, MMC, serial interface, and a small LCD with button controls.

You can connect up to four BUG modules to the BUGbase in any fashion and program the unit to do whatever you like. The BUGbase retails for $349 but is available now for an early adopter price of $299.

BUG modules

Available now (Q1, 2008)

  • BUGlocate - a GPS receiver ($99)
  • BUGcam2MP - a 2 megapixel camera with built-in flash ($79)
  • BUGview - a 2.46” 320x240 LCD touchscreen ($119)
  • BUGmotion - a motion detector and accelerometer ($59)

You can buy a BUGbase with the four aforementioned modules as a kit for $549

Availble in Q2, 2008

  • Touch-sensitive, Color LCD - 2X
  • Mini-QWERTY Keyboard
  • Teleporter
  • Audio Speaker, Input/Output Mini Jacks

Other future modules

  • von Hippel - adds an interface to the BUGbase inputs and outputs for more hacking capabilities
  • 802.11b/g WiFi - adds wireless network functionality

BUGbase Hiro P Limited Edition

Currently, the BUGBase 'Hiro P' Edition is available from the Bug Labs online store and is retailing for an early adopter price of $299, compared to the suggested list price of $349. Hiro P is a limited edition production run and does not include WiFi access, but owners will get a free von Hippel module and will be entitled to a 802.11b/g module at production cost. Both of these modules are not yet available and release dates are TBD.


  • ARM1136JF-S-based microprocessor
  • 1 USB 2.0 HS host interface/4 hub port connections
  • 1 USB OTG HS interface
  • 4 UART serial links
  • 4 channel SPI interface
  • I2C (400 kbits) interface/4 channels
  • I2S interface/2 channels
  • Smart LCD interface
  • Camera sensor interface
  • Micro memory card interface
  • MPEG4 hardware encoding/decoding
  • Hardware graphic acceleration
  • 10/100 Ethernet MAC
  • Base unit LCD module interface
  • Base unit onboard memory (FLASH/DDR SDRAM)
  • JTAG/ICE support
  • Serial debug port
  • Power system
  • AC operation
  • Battery operation/up to 4 external batteries
  • Fast battery charging/simultaneous of internal and external batteries
  • Smart power management support
  • Battery-backed real-time clock
  • Audio out via onboard piezo speaker
  • Works with BUG SDK and BUGnet

User Reviews (7)

Add Pros & Cons
  • 7

    Completely programmable and hackable

  • 6

    Runs on all open-source software including Linux

  • 5

    Connect up to four BUGmodules

  • 5

    New modules are on the horizon

  • 5

    Lots of nerd appeal

  • 5

    Supported by a developer community

  • 1

    No WiFi on Hiro P edition

  • -3

    Novelty is greater than practical use

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