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freshmeat: An Economy of Code

Apr 01, 2001, 18:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Covey)

"TecHomation has been creating home automation products for the past five years. Although sales have been good, they've become concerned about stagnation in the industry and the lack of truly new ideas. The buzz around Open Source development methods caught their attention, and they decided that bringing the Internet community into their work might provide the spark of life they need to bring back the excitement they remembered from the days when they hacked together their first X10 lamp module in their basement."

"They came up with the "Toys for Code" program, which works this way:"

"1.You register at their Web site and give them your address.
2.They mail the Level 1 package to you.
3.You write code to control the modules in the package.
4.You put up a Web site detailing what you've done and making the code available (and giving TecHomation credit and linking to them).
5.You give them the address of your page.
6.They review it, link to it from the TecHomation Gallery on their site, and put the Level 2 package in the mail to you."

"Level 1 gives you an X10 power module, a temperature sensor, a camera, and the TecHomation Control Pad, with a manual explaining each component and how to program for it in your favorite language. They say "Here are the pieces, and here's what each of them can do. Put them together into something interesting."

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