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From Lego robots to hammers and nails, Linux gets embedded
Children in Ghana look over the Talking Book Device, which can record and store audio for playback.
The OpenMoko touch screen device is built entirely on an open platform. It can serve as a phone, but applications can be added that will turn the device into just about anything such as a remote to control other devices.
The small Talking Book Device, which is a bit smaller than a softball, is targeted at helping distribute critical information to people in impoverished areas.
The Linuxstamp module, here equipped with a wireless transmitter as part of a simple robot, has an embedded Linux OS and can be the foundation for building other electronics.
The computing industry is familiar with the low-cost lab known as the garage, a historic hot-bed for innovation, and this week LinuxWorld had its own "garage" to showcase embedded Linux. In this slideshow we take a look at where the technology is headed.