Neuros Technology — makers of the MPEG4 Recorder 2 “digital VCR” — has introduced the
OSD, which it bills as “the first open source Linux-based embedded media center.” It costs $229.99.
The device enables users to record TV shows, movies and other content digitally, either using flash media or by transferring that content to the computer using USB. It features S-Video input, analog A/V in and out, an Ethernet LAN connection, an infrared remote control, and connections for SD, MS and MMC cards, CF Cards and Microdrives and USB. Like the MPEG4 Recorder 2, the OSD can be used to transfer video to a video iPod or PSP, or other Portable Media Player (PMP).
Neuros describes the OSD as their “most hackable product” ever released — Linux based, the OSD depends on contributions from users to expand its core capabilities. To that end, Neuros has helped set up
with more detailed specifications and other information about how the OSD works.
Neuros is serious enough about the open source aspects of the OSD to offer a
Cash Money for Hacking
program that rewards Linux developers who can come up with specific solutions that will let the OSD brows Youtube and Google video, look at Flickr libraries and other capabilities.
The OSD’s initial introduction is being done in limited quantities as a “beta launch” through the site Thinkgeek.com.