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Subject: RE: serial interface uses
From: Fred Maxwell (rockbox_at_anti-spam.org)
Date: 2003-09-22


> A PIC chip (e.g. the 16F628) has 16 i/o pins and can easily
> be programmed to talk to RS232 or similar serial device and
> an LCD display
> - could such a setup be used as a bi-directional remote?

I prefer the Atmel AVR chips to the PIC series, but, yes, I would think that
it could work.

> If rockbox supported a remote of this type, and defined a
> protocol, a PIC program could be created and remote controls
> made quite cheaply... any takers?

I'm not so sure that remotes with LCD displays could be made cheaply by
amateurs in low quantities. I still think that the best answer might be to
make a cable to connect a Palm series handheld to the Rockbox-equipped AJB.
Then you get a classy, readily available consumer device with a large LCD
display with grayscale and graphics. The Palm provides a touch-screen to
which remote control buttons can be assigned as well as several programmable
buttons on the device itself.

A Palm Zire can be had brand new for about $89 -- less on sale. Then you
have a device with has multiple purposes. I already carry a bag to work
with the Archos, the power supply, the USB cable, the headphones, a
Handspring Visor, Springboard expansion modules for same (memory expansion,
GPS, and cell phone), wireless headset for cell phone module, and spare
batteries. The last thing I need is a dedicated remote control. I want to
consolidate functions, not lug additional devices around.

Regards,
  Fred Maxwell



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