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Subject: Re: Neo35 car player (was: Useful features)
From: BlueChip (cs_bluechip_at_webtribe.net)
Date: 2004-04-19


At 07:25 19/04/04, you wrote:
>On Mon, 19 Apr 2004, BlueChip wrote:
>
> > But WHY replace the chip? Maybe the MP3 file is held in ROM? But they
> > suggest that it will read filenames.
> >
> > So do they have a TTS engine?
> > How big is this chip?
> > What is in it?
> > Do you need to create MP3 files to make it work?
>
>(The opinions that creep up in my mail here is of course my own personal ones,
>I'm not representing anyone.)
>
>Yes, the 'voice chip' SSI sells (for its Neo players) basicly makes the Neo
>able to do what Rockbox now does on its own. At least so it seems and that's
>what I hear.
>
>The Open Neo project used to keep the sources secret that are needed to
>interface this chip, why we were in contact with them to stop offering the
>firmware since it was in violation of the (GPL) license. Now I see they offer
>the source and binaries, so I take it they now ship the full source for
>accessing and using the chip. Anyone really interested could just download it
>and see. Open Neo is just Rockbox from many months ago, then edited massively
>into... eh, Open Neo.
>
>The Neo players often have a less RAM than the Archos players do, so I guess a
>speach system like the "talkbox" would be better with more ram, mp3 in rom or
>a basic TTS system in rom.
>
>The Open Neo is, despite its name, not a very open project. Getting info like
>this from them is hard.

Tell me about it - I tried speaking with "Knobby" directly (via ICQ) ..with
an offer of help - he is not someone I would personally describe as
"helpful" or "friendly" :(

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