Me too. Total speculation here, but I suspect this has something to do with drumming up interest as a fundraising activity.
I know for a fact that they are fundraising right now, Bret told me in an email.
I’m seriously seriously seriously interested in visiting the labs someday, but life is in the way at the moment ;(
(I also sorta suspect that the “OS printed on the wall” isn’t the whole story and that there’s some underlying OS, like a Linux box, it sits atop).
Yeah definitely, by “OS printed on the wall” they mean that all source code that’s necessary to run some basic, essential set of the advertised functionality is shown on the wall. “Proof” that the underlying code is simple.
The actual Operating System is a Linux box, and I suspect it is a raspberry Pi.
There are many interesting things about this project. I wish there were a publication of some sort that outlined the boundaries of the work done, what it is based on, the problems they’ve found it solves well, where they intend on taking it… there does not seem to be such a thing yet.
There is some information (semi)-publicly available, but no official publications to my knowledge, and I’ve been following the project like a hawk.
These are some initial prototypes I could find:
From what I gathered, it looks like it’s built from a raspberry pi as server, connected to a cheap webcam, uses python and OpenCV to process frames, and uses a cheap projector/projection mapping to render stuff to the world. Scripting is done using Lua.
These repos are just some prototypes though, running the code in those repos won’t get you near what they can do I suspect.
Anyhow, based on the previous work on Bret’s site, I have full trust in that there will be an excellent write-up whenever they feel the time is right.