Looking at the Tracker Mini form factor, proposals like Conditional steps on Tracker, and also seeing how open source developer communities expand some pieces of musical software and hardware… what would happen if the Tracker Mini would have a Developer Mode? With that ASCII/terminal-like interface and all the capabilities, an expandable Mini could become an object of cult.
Imagine a convoluted combination of USB connection and keys or whatever… that a regular user would never hit or be aware of, that opens the device, voids the warranty, and lets tech-savvy users add modules, scripts… software expanding the officially supported features. Some kind of userspace.
I have no idea about the technical implications. This wouldn’t be about opensourcing Polyend’s software, which sounds cool but also opens many cans of worms for a platform that wasn’t designed to be open, leave alone the company trying to make a sustainable business out of it. The official software would be there and untouchable. The developer mode would have a big disclaimer saying that if you brick your device it’s only your fault. Given that the firmware is flashed via SD card, I guess there is only so much harm you can cause.
Why not the Tracker and Play? Of course, the more the merrier, but their platforms are consolidated and they seem to be squeezing the hardware as much as they can. The Mini as announced comes with a new hardware platform that is more generous, and I guess the roadmap is more flexible at this point.