Robert Pelloni, the author of Bob’s Game (read the video description for more info if you’re wondering what the hell it is) is leading a team of ambitious individuals to launch an Open Source handheld that will supposedly retail for as little as $10. The theory is that they’ll sell them at cost price. The spirit behind this device is a heart warming one: An Open Source handheld whose games will be lovingly made and sold by indie developers via an appstore of some sort. Anyone can sell software for the machine. Premium titles might even come bundled with a free console, that’s how cheaply they are hoping to manufacture these things. The name of the machine is the ‘nD’ (read: inDie) and they reckon it’ll be ready either Q4 2011 or Q1 2012. Developers are said to have working prototypes for their own use currently, and they say they’ll have some to show us soon.
Truly, I think this is an excellent idea, but I am sceptical not only of the price but also whether it’ll ever actually show itself to consumers. I’ll shove my pessimism to one side for the time being though. The somewhat vague specs are below:
2.4″ 320×240 LCD
400Mhz ARM CPU (Though they say they haven’t finalised this yet, so who knows)
16 or 32MB of RAM
2GB Internal Memory (No expansion)
Li Ion battery (No predicted run time yet)
It really sounds like they haven’t come ever so far along with the idea yet, even the shell isn’t finalised. I’m sure I’ll be overcome with optimism once some real units are photographed for us all to see.
Check the promotional videos below.
And the official site can be found here.