unintended innovation = open season

Say you have a great idea but no suitable distribution channel, what then? Maybe you should consider a bounty. That is what Howard Harte has done. 

Google TV has been on the market for just over a month in a handful of hardware formats, but Harte is looking for the key to them all, and he says it’s not only for his own benefit, but for the Google TV platform as a whole.

Harte lists the rules of the game on MagicAndroidApps, stating that $1,000 will go to the first person that produces a fully software-based hack of Google TV that results in “the end-user having the ability to install third-party apps.” The hack “must be applicable to production versions of Google TV devices” and delivered before Google “officially unveils third-party App development support for the Google TV.” If the rules weren’t clear enough, Harte emphasized that the reward is not “for *a* rooted Google TV, it’s $1,000 for the knowledge to be able to root any Google TV.”

Harte says that his first goal is to get his app, Better Terminal Emulator Pro, working on Google TV.

“I’d like to get a jump on porting my Android apps to Google TV,” Harte told us. “Unlike many Android apps, most of mine make use of native code, so [they] are dependent on the type of CPU.  I have ported Better Terminal Emulator Pro to the x86 CPU, but have not yet been able to test on an official Google platform, so having an open Google TV will help in that regard.  All other Android devices to date are ARM-based, which is why I want a rooted Google TV.”

via Developer Offers $1,000 for First Google TV Hack – NYTimes.com.

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