Neuros Technology have been spilling the beans about their next-gen open-source mediaplayer, the OSD3, and while it's not set to hit shelves for at least another 18 months it's shaping up to be impressive. The company is working with Texas Instruments regarding the OSD3's ARM-based processor, and have official support for 1080p/60 encoding and decoding.
Neuros has begun shipping their high definition Neuros OSD 2.0 developer kits, an open-source DVR based on Texas Instruments' DaVinci DM 6446 chipset. Comprising all the basic hardware a developer might need to begin coding for the multiformat set-top box, the OSD 2.0 HD includes two composite and one component inputs, together with composite, component and HDMI outputs, and a total of four USB ports.
Holy crap we've created a monster! Well, not quite, but your darling and mine, Gear Diary's Judie, has thrust herself in front of the camera and done another unboxing video. This time the electronic subject is Neuros' OSD, an open-source media recorder/player/streamer.
I’ve been involved in many open source project, I know that there are many great open source application out there. Neuros took advantage of the open source platform by releasing a beta hardware called Neuros OSD, a Linux based media player and recorder hardware that is not quite complete yet. Just like any Open Source project, it is always work in progress and Neuros OSD Beta is only available to the first 200 people who order them. Neuros is willing to pay the hackers cash for their hacks and mods they made on this recorder. This player is powered by Linux kernel version 2.6.
Bounty (the rewards) :
Code your own improvements into the Open Source Neuros OSD firmware and get a cash reward.
"These bounties are a community style thing that is just a modest way to put a little money back into the Neuros community as a token for our appreciation. We hope and expect for people to collaborate, split bounties and credit and share information, etc. The deliverables and rules are sketchy and the interpretation is completely subject to the whim of the selection committee"
So the iPhone is getting all the YouTube coverage for its fancy built-in video player, but how about some of that "man tripping up and crushing his genitals" footage for the rest of your home entertainment? Neuros' OSD open-source media box has just been upgraded with YouTube flash video compatibility, not by Neuros themselves but by the fan community who follow it.
It's been a while since we've heard from Neuros, but it seems the company's reworked open-source media player isn't the only thing they've been working on. In fact, they've been playing around with an Android tablet, but rather than hoping to make it the be-all and end-all competitor to the iPad they've instead turned it into a flexible remote control for their LINK system.
The Neuros OSD is the world's first mass-marketed open-source entertainment system. It comes in a slick black case, with a good-looking remote. Some problems were encountered early on, when reports ensued that only 4:3 aspect ratio content could be recorded, along with an awful quality of the video.
The unit has slots for many cards including SD, MMC and CF. The box has already been created, however it will be a long ways until the unit is actually shipping out and landing in people's living rooms.
Neuros Technology makes an MPEG-4 Recorder that records video from the TV, DVD Player, cable box, Tivo/DVR or camcorder and allows for playback on many cell phones, PDAs and smart phones including the Motorola Q, Treo 650, Razr and Nokia N70 and N90.
With no fees, no conversion and no hassle, the Recorder 2 utilizes the screens of these devices to playback your recorded video. It records onto an S/D memory card that can be slipped into the smart phone or cell phone for instant viewing of your favorite shows.
The Recorder 2 makes TV watching more accommodating for its viewers. Other portable recorders with built-in hard drives and color screens cost $400 or more, but the Recorder 2 retails for $159.99.
SlashGear's review coming soon. Click over for demo video of the MPEG-4 Recorder and Press Release. Continue Reading...