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[News] GNU/Linux-based Set-top Box Opens up to Developers

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IP-STB maker tempts devs with discount

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| Myka, which recently began shipping an IPTV set-top box (STB), is offering a 
| $100 discount to entice developers to roll up their sleeves and contribute to 
| its device’s open-source, Linux-based software stack.  



Open set-top box ships

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| Neuros Technology has started shipping its second open set-top box, which
| targets both consumers and product companies. The high-definition
| capable "Open Source Device 2.0" (OSD 2.0) runs several open Linux stacks on
| a tiny TI Davinci-based CPU module delivered with a mini-ITX I/O board and
| enclosure.


Open Source Consumer Electronics: Neuros OSD

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| For Neuros, transparency and openness has transitioned from a notion to an
| identity. Six years ago, the company developed their first product behind
| closed doors, like most manufacturers. By the time the Neuros OSD (Open
| Source Device) was envisioned, the company was in the habit of publishing its
| preliminary design specifications—closely guarded secrets for some
| companies - and actually requesting consumer feedback. They sold pre-release
| versions of the OSD to future-adopters, hoping they would try their hand at
| hacking the firmware. Neuros refers to the OSD as an "embedded media center,"
| a sort of set-top-box for audio/video playback and recording. The OSD's
| firmware is open source and based on the Linux 2.6 kernel—anyone and everyone
| is encouraged to download the source code and improve it.


The Neuros OSD

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| What attracts me to the project is that I can use it as a really, really
| cheap MythTV frontend.  This is not at all one of the intended uses of the
| product as conceived by Neuros Technology, but they will get a sale from me
| just because of that.  And right now its MythTV support comes down to the
| fact that MythTV and the Neuros OSD both speak uPNP.  But if I wanted to, I
| could write code and load it onto the OSD that would access my MythTV
| recordings as seamlessly as if it had been designed for just that purpose.
| Then I can put this code online and even more people might buy an OSD just
| for that purpose.  Afterall, the Neuros OSD is selling for $179 and it would
| cost me >$400 to create a suitable MythTV front end.


Hack Your Media Player (1/2)Hack Your Media Player (1/2)

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| Overall I was pretty impressed with this device. Easy setup, easy use, and
| performance exactly as advertised. If you're looking for a low-cost and
| lightweight media center to stream those Divx AVI files you keep downloading
| and play them on your TV, this device will certainly fulfill your needs.



Review: Neuros OSD

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| Need some helpful suggestions of what kind of things you can do with a Neuros
| OSD? How about getting the OSD to play nicely with Tivo? Neuros is even
| offering a cash bounty for the folks who get this done.


The Neuros OSD: A New Paradigm for Consumer Devices?

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| Surprisingly one of the media establishment's darling devices at the 2008
| Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is fully open, runs Linux and invites
| hacking - er, customization. The device is the Neuros OSD, a $200 video
| recorder that allows you to archive, organize and play back all of your video
| media, such as live television, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc. The acronym "OSD"
| stands for "open source device". Hot dog, this is our kind of gadget!


What This Gadget Can Do Is Up to You

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| The OSD has not only open hardware, but also open software: it is based on
| the Linux operating system. Neuros Technology encourages hacking of the
| device; it has contests with cash rewards for new applications for the OSD.
| One winner, for instance, designed a program that lets people use it to watch
| YouTube on their televisions.


ArsGeek reviews the Neuros OSD

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| The first two observations I made when I opened my Neuros OSD were that the
| unit was a lot smaller than I was expecting (about five and a half inches by
| five and a half inches in size) and that it looked nice. This was no flat
| looking boxy apparatus, nor was it a standard component. It was curved, it
| was sleek, black and more aerodynamic than any other DVR I’ve come across.
| I liked the size and the look immediately. Not only was this thing slick
| looking, but I could easily grab the RCA cables and the Neuros and bring it
| over to a friends house to watch whatever I’d recorded.


Review: The Linux Powered Neuros OSD

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| The future is very bright for this little piece of open source goodness. I
| look forward to seeing how it grows and improves.


The Linux-based Neuros OSD

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| Neuros Technology did it again: one more of their interesting media products
| hits the market, and this time it uses Linux. We used the Neuros OSD this
| past week and here's what we think about it.
| [...]
| Overall, Neuros seems to get it. Extensibility, plus a powerful product.
| Hopefully HD abilities and failing that, S-Video out, will be available on
| the next major revision of the product. Sure, it doesn't feel as cool as an
| AppleTV, but it does so much more!
| Rating: 8/10


Product alert: Neuros Open Source Device

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| With an Open Source basis, the potential for the developer community to make
| grand extensions to the Neuros OSD could be huge.


YouTube on the TV with the OSD

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| Neuros is certainly not the only ones bringing net video to the TV, but we
| are probably the only CE company doing it with open source. Nowhere is the
| intersection between free software and free speech more obvious. If the
| connection between the internet and the TV falls into the hands of a
| proprietary vendor's closed solution, then the hard won free speech victory
| of he internet will fall far short of its ultimate potential.


Apple TV hacked already

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| Enthusiasts from Something Awful forum were annoyed by the general
| lack of third party movie support for Apple's latest product, Apple
| TV - and went on to create something useful with it. Awkward and
| Sabretooth modified Apple's little box and got it working with
| Xvid files with no problems.


A logo program I can get behind

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| Neuros is a device manufacturer with a simple focus: it creates devices that
| let you record video from almost any source into a digital format (MPEG-4)
| that can then be played on almost any device. The trick: its devices connect
| to your video output sources (VCR, DVD player, etc.) using standard analog
| RCA cables, avoiding digital copy-protection technologies like HDCP or CSS.


Unlocked Open Source Anti-DRM Logo


Linux hacker bounty aims TiVo at mobile gadgets

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| A TiVo upgrade/repair specialist and a vendor of tiny Linux-based DVRs
| (digital video recorders) have partnered on a coding contest. DRVupgrade and
| Neuros will pay $3,500 for hacks enabling Neuros's gadget DVR to track TiVo
| selections, recording the same content for playback on mobile devices.

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