has a special place in our hearts, so it's actually kind of astounding to look back and realize that we haven't heard anything substantial from the outfit since March
. Big things are in store for the new year, however, and it's getting things rolling right away with the introduction of the $79 BUGvonHippel. Named after Professor Eric von Hippel at MIT who inspired its creation, the device "further enables developers to create new and interesting 'hardware mashups' by connecting their BUG to a universe of other devices and interfaces." Also of note, there's a new community portal
opening up for eager developers, and the BUG Labs team will be bringing a so-called Test Kitchen to the CES floor in Vegas to show off some of the developments we've been missing out on.