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The NetBSD Toaster

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the pluggy-but-fun dept.

Hardware Hacking 229

kv9 writes "Finally after many, many yeas of running on everything-but-your-toaster NetBSD is there too. Technologic Systems has made a toaster that is controlled by NetBSD and powered by one of their ARM boards, the TS-7200. Everything is controlled through sysctl, there are LEDs that show you what is going on, the toaster can play MP3s while it fries the bread and even has Apache/PHP installed. More information in the press release [pdf warning] and on this running NetBSD on the TS-7200 page."

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Montreal? (1)

montreal!hahahahah (880120) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298097)

hahhahahahah!

I smell burnt toast...is that bad?

Oh man, a toaster?! (-1)

bigwavejas (678602) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298098)

Have they made one of these chips yet to control your wife? Maybe just a simple "off" switch (so I can watch ESPN in peace)? or... "Zipp-it and Get me a beer" switch?

Re:Oh man, a toaster?! (2, Informative)

Chosen Reject (842143) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298148)

Re:Oh man, a toaster?! (2, Funny)

saintp (595331) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298348)

But does that claw hammer run BSD?

Re:Oh man, a toaster?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298174)

I can see it now. Woman sues dildo manufacturer for consistent malloc just seconds before orgasm.

Re:Oh man, a toaster?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298210)

Woman sues dildo manufacturer for consistent malloc just seconds before orgasm.

I can't believe I'm asking this - but why would a dildo need to malloc seconds before orgasm?

Re:Oh man, a toaster?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298353)

"why would a dildo need to malloc seconds before orgasm?"

The same reason your blowup doll needs to be compiled with hardenend gcc... um, uh, to somehow irreverently tie sex and geekdom together?

Can it burn CDs? (3, Funny)

Se7enLC (714730) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298107)

Can it burn CDs^W^W^W toast?

Re:Can it burn CDs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298134)

It's ^H per character. "Can it burn CDs^H^H^H toast?"

Ah, but... (0, Offtopic)

Winckle (870180) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298108)

does it run Mac OS X? It should do, according to all the mad rumours ^H^H^H^H^H^H /. news stories we've been having lately.

Yeah, but... (4, Funny)

Ledneh (673693) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298111)

I'll bet it makes lousy toast. You know, the kind with BCBs all over the place.

Re:Yeah, but... (2, Informative)

Ledneh (673693) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298149)

Sorry, for the interested, that's "Burnt Crunchy Bits." From Terry Pratchett's The Fifth Elephant.

Re:Yeah, but... (2, Informative)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298277)

I'll bet it makes lousy toast. You know, the kind with BCBs all over the place.
Before someone replies to the parent saying that he spelled PCB wrong, he didn't. He was talking about BCBs, "Blackened/Burnt Circuit Boards", an obvious result from putting a computer in a toaster.

BCBs can also result from using special components such as LERs (Light Emitting Resistors) and SEDs (Smoke Emitting Diodes).

Re:Yeah, but... (1)

Ledneh (673693) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298305)

Actually, if I wanted to say that the toast would have PCB's all over it, I'd ask someone to shoot me first and end my suffering before I could spread it around. No, no typo there at all--see sibling comment.

Already Dead (1)

HFShadow (530449) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298114)

0 comments and already dead.

Mirrordot hasn't got it either :(

Re:Already Dead (5, Funny)

leonardluen (211265) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298170)

"...it fries the bread and even has Apache/PHP installed."

that will teach them to run their webserver on a toaster!

Re:Already Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298231)

Oh no! there toast is probably burnt too!

Re:Already Dead (4, Funny)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298343)

In fact, that's how it works. Insert bread, start webserver, advertize its existence on Slashdot. Resulting meltdown turns bread into toast.

Re:Already Dead (1)

HardCase (14757) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298173)

What happens if they install NetBSD on the kitchen sink?

Re:Already Dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298272)

It will go down the drain ... oops, it already has.

Re:Already Dead (4, Informative)

kv9 (697238) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298321)

TFA salvaged from MoFos cache:

It has long been regarded that the UNIX-like OS NetBSD is portable to every type of machine except perhaps your kitchen toaster. Technologic Systems, however, has conquered this last frontier. Using one of its rugged embedded TS-7200 single-board computers housed inside the empty space of a standard 2 slice toaster, Technologic Systems has designed a functional NetBSD controlled toaster.

The toaster on display now in the NetBSD booth at the LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, is as high-tech as they come. This toaster features a 4 line LCD, USB keyboard, 10/100 ethernet port and a RS232 serial port for the external console. The toaster's internal circuit boards have been bypassed and routed through the CPU board allowing NetBSD complete control over the toaster's features. A keyboard connects through a USB port on the side of the toaster and the 4x40 LCD displays a NetBSD/toaster login prompt. The burner element is also controlled by the TS-7200 via an internal relay. Unlike previous NetBSD toasters which were nothing more than a glorified PC case-mod, this toaster can actually toast bread!

NetBSD was ported to the toaster by Jesse Off (an engineer at Technologic Systems). When asked details about the week-long effort, he replied, "NetBSD is well laid out for this type of embedded application development. I was most worried about physical things such as fitting the hardware inside the case and the board being able to survive 60 seconds at a time a half centimeter away from an 800 watt burner element. A regular PC can't even survive room temperature without heatsinks and fans, and the TS-7200 has neither." The end-design has no thermal issues and will not let the user toast if things start getting close to the temperature margins of the internal components measured by the onboard temperature sensor.

When asked what he thinks of the NetBSD operating system, Off replied, "Well, I'm skewed. I have been a small-time NetBSD developer on and off the last 4 years. NetBSD's single no-frills high quality source tree is a great starting point for bringing up an embedded application. The API's have a great power-to-complexity ratio and are coded with great wisdom as well as great intellect. For NetBSD though, being wiser is definitely the greater virtue."

When asked what the point of this exercise was, company president Bob Miller chuckled and had this to say: "Well, we're definitely not planning on going into full production with this. The idea was to follow through on a process most of our customers are using everyday in their own embedded designs using our boards. Though customers are not likely using toasters in their designs, they are likely encountering many of of the same issues such as GPIO control of hardware, custom software design/modification and dealing with tight spaces and high temperatures."

So what exactly is inside this toaster for a computer to read/control? For one, there is a small magnetic latch that holds your toast down against the spring action after you press down. To engage that latch, one needs to know when the user is pressing the bread into the toaster which the TS-7200 reads with another sensor. There is a browning level knob (a potentiometer) which the TS-7200 reads with an analog converter input. The front panel also contains 4 bright red LEDs and 5 push-buttons which appear to the system as a 5-key keyboard. The NetBSD LCD driver presents a standard VT100 text mode console that both the USB keyboard and 5-key front-panel are connected.

All peripherals had NetBSD drivers written that allow their manipulation and readback. The interface to toaster hardware uses the sysctl [gw.com] API. sysctl allowed for the easy coding of the toasting finite state machine as a simple shell script. The 4 LED's are configured as PWM style outputs to vary brightness/blink-rate. Temperature is tracked using the TS-7200 onboard TMP124 sensor. This temperature sensor has .0625 degC precision and the kernel driver takes multiple measurements averaged over time to interpolate even higher precision. (the sysctl returns millionths of a degree C) The burnlevel knob is a potentiometer connected to channel 0 of the 12-bit MAX197 ADC which returns a number 0-4096 to the system also via sysctl. The 5 buttons are simple switches that are polled at 64Hz by NetBSD's matrix keypad driver. This driver allows for attachment into the system as a standard keyboard using NetBSD's wskbd [gw.com] API. The 4x40 text mode LCD is a raw HD44780 based LCD available at allelectronics.com [allelectronics.com] This devices uses the bit-banged hd44780 kernel driver which allows attachment into the system as a standard NetBSD wsdisplay [gw.com] . The wsdisplay and wskbd drivers coallesce in the wscons [gw.com] framework to appear to the system as a regular VT100 system console.

A full NetBSD installation is on the 512MB compact flash attached to the TS-7200. This includes self-hosted compilers, FTP/telnet server, ssh client/server, crypto libraries, kernel/userlevel debuggers, and standard UNIX utilities. Apache with PHP is also installed on the TS-7200 and presents some CGI programs to control the LEDs, play music, etc... Since the 4x40 LCD is attached as a generic console, manipulating text files is also reasonably possible using installed text editors, though admittedly using vi on a 4 row text display is not particularly productive.

The toaster itself uses a single TS-7200 plus TS-DIO24 daughterboard for toaster control. Two 48mA output pins on the TS-DIO24 directly drive 2 5V relays with 250V/8A contacts. One relay is used to switch 110V to the burner element and one relay is used to switch 25VDC to the magnetic latch. 25VDC is acquired by tapping off some traces on the stock toaster circuit board after the power supply. All traces from the power supply portion of the PCB to the LEDs and buttons were cut and instead attached to the TS-DIO24 and TS-7200 GPIO pins via small jumper wires soldered directly to the components. A separate, small 5V switching power supply is also placed inside the toaster shell to power the TS-7200, TS-DIO24, and LCD off the same 110V line that comes in through the toaster shell. The TS-7200's USB port, DB9 serial console, and ethernet jack are brought out on jacks on the backside of the toaster. The USB port is then used to connect a small PC keyboard to the system which combines with the 5 key wskbd to control the 4x40 LCD display console. USB speakers are attached through the built-in USB hub on the keyboard to allow playing of MP3's while toasting occurs.

For more information about NetBSD, please visit their website [netbsd.org]

Jesse's page on details regarding NetBSD on a TS-7200 is here [slashdot.org]

Personally, I need a toaster with rails (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298116)

PHP is ok, I guess, but I really need a toaster with rails.

wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298118)

now ... control my can opener!

w00 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298120)

yay

So... (5, Funny)

Knight Thrasher (766792) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298122)

If it crashes, does your toast get burnt?

The BTOD? Black Toast of Death?

Trademark infringement? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298124)

will Roxios Toast sue wonderbread for trademark infrigement now?

Great! (1)

Knome_fan (898727) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298127)

This is one of the funniest projects I've seen in a long time.

I know that people were sayint that NetBSD runs on everything but your toaster, but that they would actually take the time to prove those naysayers wrong. Great.

Btw., I want one of those.

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298341)

Some clever coding, some AI voodoo, some creative hardware hiding coupled with one of the girls from ,a href="http://wwww.realdoll.com/">Real Doll would be mighty interesting.

With a programmable ho, I could successfully watch an entire season of Stargate in one sitting with no complaints. :)

Server (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298131)

I guess their server is toast.

Poor CPU choice (1)

ingo23 (848315) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298380)

I do not think you can do a good toast on an ARM CPU. You need to have at least dual Pentium. And you have to go quadro if you want to do two slices at once.

Server will be toast (0, Redundant)

wackysootroom (243310) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298132)

I hope the server's running NetBSD because it's gonna be toast too!

Wait, this story confuses me (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298135)

I'm a little confused by this story.

Did Netcraft just confirm that my toaster is dead?

sweet (1)

switchfutguy (880698) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298137)

SWEET!! where can I buy one??

Talkie Toaster ( red dwarf reference ) (4, Funny)

Phil246 (803464) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298138)

How long before we get a proper talkie toaster then
like this [sadgeezer.com] :)

Re:Talkie Toaster ( red dwarf reference ) (1)

JamesTRexx (675890) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298411)

But will it do crumpets too?

wear this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298142)

goatse.cx hardware!! w00t!!

Fries the bread? (1)

jo7hs2 (884069) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298143)

Where can I get one of these magical deep-frying toasters?

It's Instant (1)

srosebush (689433) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298144)

He's dead Jim.

I don't think so.... (5, Funny)

jericho4.0 (565125) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298147)

This might be appropriate for a single guy on a budget, but we all know that scaling problems will keep this from being deployed in any serious environment.

Re:I don't think so.... (5, Funny)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298265)

If you had a beowulf cluster of these, you could toast a whole loaf at once!

Re:I don't think so.... (1, Funny)

Z0mb1eman (629653) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298382)

The fact that this is currently +4 Insightful is one of the funniest things I've seen on Slashdot in a while.

Cheers, mods :)

Re:I don't think so.... (1)

joeybagadonuts (849172) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298335)

Yea, bet it throws off a little more heat than a P4

toasted cheese in that server (er... toaster) (1)

phorest (877315) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298154)

Apparently the /. crowd wanted toasted cheese because that server is toast!

Myth (4, Informative)

keesh (202812) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298155)

It's a myth that NetBSD runs on more than Linux. See gregkh [kroah.com] 's writeup.

Re:Myth (2, Insightful)

nacturation (646836) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298333)

From the writeup:

"Comparing that list to the list of NetBSD ports it is now evident that Linux has been ported to more platforms than NetBSD.

[...]

Which just goes to show how flexible Linux is..."


Um, no it doesn't go to show that there are more ports because of its flexibility. No doubt Linux is flexible, but so is NetBSD (some have argued more so). The reason that Linux has more ports is because there are more people doing porting.
 

"The UNIX T SERVER!!!" (2, Funny)

Camon_Draconis (906418) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298159)

"Shh shh shh, not right now son. Im making *PZZZTTT* toast!!!!"

Obligatory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298163)

Yes, but can it run Linux?

Re:Obligatory (1)

muellerr1 (868578) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298205)

Don't forget what the Beowulf cluster of these things could do. A whole loaf at once!

Wow... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298166)

Coolest. Thing. Ever.

What about the Pentium? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298181)

Wouldn't be more efficient to just radiate the heat right off of a Pentium chip to toast the bread? But seriously, who needs a LAMP (Linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP) solution for a toaster? LAMP solutions should be placed in computer controlled lamps, ONLY!

It may be a Toaster (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298184)

It may be a toaster,
But is it a video toaster?

Warning? (0)

HardCase (14757) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298193)

[pdf warning]

Huh?

Re:Warning? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298317)

The damn pdf plugins take a freakin half hour to load.

I for one appreciate the warning very much.

Re:Warning? (2, Informative)

op12 (830015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298357)

Moving the plugins into the optional folder creates dramatic speedup in start time. See here [mozdev.org]

Re:Warning? (1)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298406)

Use KPDF then. Sheesh.

second slice of toast (3, Funny)

Phroggy (441) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298194)

What I want to know is, if I finish toasting one slice of bread, and then immediately decide I want to toast another, will it reset and toast the second slice for the correct amount of time, instead of popping up way too early like most toasters do? Of course it would have to take into account that the toaster is already hot, and not toast it for quite as long as the first slice (since it would have taken a little time to warm up at first).

Now all we need is... (1)

Norfair (845108) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298197)

... a Genesis emulator so we can play Mortal Kombat 2 on it :)

Yes, but (1)

zbuffered (125292) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298198)

Does it play Doom? [itplaysdoom.com]

Great, but... (1, Funny)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298202)

...now they need to get it running on the kitchen sink!

Usenet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298206)

My god.. When the Usenet folks complained back in the good old days that NetBSD was good enough to install on a Toaster, they didn't mean it .

Does it support SM(T)P? (1)

Shut the fuck up! (572058) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298207)

Symmetric Multi Toast Processing or can you only toast one slice at a time?

Sad State of Affairs (0)

ndansmith (582590) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298209)

Dozens of comments, still only trolls . . .

My two cents: Call me when they get it running on the kitchen sink!

Move along... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298213)

...nothing here but really bad toast jokes.

Here's a good non BSD toaster.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298215)

http://www.eggandmuffintoaster.com/ [eggandmuffintoaster.com]

on the scale of Nerds <----> Matters (4, Funny)

bugnuts (94678) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298220)

News for Nerds <--------> Stuff that Matters

I'd put this solidly on the "Nerds" side.

Re:on the scale of Nerds Matters (1)

op12 (830015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298303)

Unsurprisingly, that scale covers all possible topics of conversation (not just Slashdot topics)

Red Dwarf nostalgia (4, Funny)

urikkiru (801560) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298221)

'Hi, would you like some toast?'

Re:Red Dwarf nostalgia (0)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298338)

I for one welcome our new NetBSD running Talkie Toaster Overlords and the Old Koreans who made them

Slashdotted already - toaset or toaster oven? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298226)

Now if it is a toaster oven that can have its temperature profile programmed then I'll buy it - it'll be great for surface mount soldering.

Nitpick - you don't fry bread in a toaster.

Put Video out to oven lights ;) (1)

myXtie (906468) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298235)

Hey if it burns and butters my toast thats great. And I thought G-4 Cube was the original toaster. It looks like the inside of my cube.

As always (5, Funny)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298236)

This just proves how ahead of its time Amiga was. The Video Toaster came out in 1990. Now, 15 years later, someone finally puts another system on a toaster and it doesn't even have video! Maybe another 15 and the world will catch up.

Two types of toast. (1)

MiddleHitter (473147) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298239)

The bread toaster is a server. /. toasts servers.
Therefore /. toasts bread?

2005 is... (5, Funny)

crimson_alligator (768283) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298248)

...the year of BSD on the countertop!

But... (1)

Hugues999 (906652) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298249)

But will your toasts survive kernel panics?

Re:But... (1)

hobbesx (259250) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298299)

But will your toasts survive kernel panics?

And if it's toasting a bagel, do you get a core dump?

Re:But... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298403)

Kernel panics are caused by putting popcorn in the toaster...

Obligatory qdb toast quote (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298263)


And here [www.qdb.us] it is!

If only... (5, Funny)

MiddleHitter (473147) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298268)

Now, if only NetBSD ran a garbage-disposal, we could say that NetBSD runs everything and the kitchen sink!

It slices, it dices... (1)

the_sidewinder (850641) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298270)

It toasts, it plays mp3s and for a limited time only... you too can use this toaster to host your very own web page! see how your bread is toasting for your office, or even on the onther end of the planet! Next week: the Linux controlled kitchen sink!

meh (1)

slorge (722786) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298274)

meh...

didn't rtfa

only impressed if it uses the CPU heat to toast, otherwise....meh

Intellitoast (3, Funny)

carambola5 (456983) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298280)

Finally! My dreams have come true! [ubergeek.tv]

The World Needs More Toast Tech (5, Insightful)

bloodmusic (223292) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298284)

I'd like to see this extended to a combined toaster/jelly-jet printer. Delicious toast printed to order with the image of your choice. Of course it would require a bread feeder that could do cut slice or continuous loaf.

Re:The World Needs More Toast Tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298375)

Who modded this Interesting? Come on!

Dave Lister had one 3 million years from now (5, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298291)

Th is one [wikipedia.org] talked.

One challenge still remains... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298296)

does it run on a potato ?

Cause, hum, you know... linux does...

The obligatory question (2, Funny)

HishamMuhammad (553916) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298302)

But... do they fly?

Re:The obligatory question (1)

op12 (830015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298324)

This isn't Windows!

Re:The obligatory question (4, Informative)

zjbs14 (549864) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298385)

Yes, but Flying Toasters was a Mac-only thing long before it was a Windows thing. Also, written by Berkeley Systems. Coincidence?

Now this is cool :) (1)

Nonillion (266505) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298304)

Maybe Thinkgeek could sell these :) I would purchase one just for grins. Now how about a BSD powered fridge, stove, microwave, coffee maker and dishwasher...

p.s. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298310)

toaster,toaster toaser, do you have toast in you yet i think
so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Im not a toaster!!!!!!!!!!And one more
thing........YOUR A TOASER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND A COOKIE WITH MILK SOAGE MILK!!!!!!!!!!AND A BUTT WITH POOP IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fries the bread? (1)

Peyna (14792) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298326)

I sure hope you don't fry your bread in the toaster. Where do you put the oil or fat to fry it in?

Toasters heat bread. You might consider it baking, but it's definitely not frying.

Finaly (1)

bart416 (900487) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298331)

Now i need to overclock this toaster. all your base are belong to NetBSD Toaster I wonder how fast it boots, i don't want to wait long to start toasting.

already /.ed (1)

stefankoegl (687410) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298337)

maybe the site is hosted on the toaster.

the old joke about a king wanting a toaster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13298345)

this is the first thing I was reminded of: http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/90q2/toaster.htm l/ [netfunny.com]

I dont need that (1)

nxcho (754392) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298346)

I toast my bread on my powerbook G4. (With the power of OS X)

Kiddie says... (1)

dal20402 (895630) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298362)

0mG \|\|tF 1 \/|/111 h4xX0r j00r t04x73|2!@#!@!!11 411 j00|2 7o@$t |' b33|0|\|6 t0o u$!@#!#@!!11thirty-two

180g NetBSD server (1)

leoboiko (462141) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298393)

I submitted this back at the slashdot.jp [slashdot.jp] announcement, but it was rejected here, and now I hate slashdot.

NEC [wikipedia.org] is working on a 180g NetBSD-based server. The Univerge WNX is targeted at low noise, space economy, wereable computing, and on-the-fly multimedia processing. They claim a single person can use it with a mini-camera to brocadcast real-time video and audio (through wireless LAN/FOMA [wikipedia.org] ) and record the data at the same time, with two CF slots. Cool gadget. Japanese press release [nec.co.jp] (with pictures).

More pics (3, Informative)

ThatComputerGuy (123712) | more than 9 years ago | (#13298397)

Pics here [comcast.net] , since the other stuff doesn't seem to be loading. Taken at LW SF on Wednesday.

(If it isn't all there yet, give it a few minutes to upload.)
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