Purpose built gadgets like the Slingbox have been eclipsed by generic low cost platforms that are open. Examples of these low power "open systems" are Android, Netbooks, Sheevaplug and Aurduino. Hacked examples include the Apple TV running the open media center software XBMC and boxee, or jail broken iPads. Once these devices are on a network, the concept of low wattage "nightlight swarm computing" is a reality.
Dave Mathews explores these low cost platform capabilities and looks into hacking the hardware within mobile phones on Android and the iPhone platforms.
Dave Mathews is a consumer product expert specializing in the convergence of digital and entertainment devices. He holds around 60 U.S. patents and has appeared as a tech expert or host on some 300 television shows.
Mathews is a contributor to Ziff Davis' PC Mag, a founding contributor of O'Reilly's MAKE and other consumer-tech outlets as well as industry publications.