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Subject: Re: Connecting a iRiver LCD remote to the iPod video?
Re: Connecting a iRiver LCD remote to the iPod video?
Serial coms sounds promising
On 2/7/06, Alun Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> George Styles wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I want a rockbox-capable, video capable, small, 60gig+ player. It seems
> > the iPod video is perfect, except for one thing, it doesnt have a LCD
> > remote (which is the killer feature of my H140).
> > Looking at
> > and
> > http://ipodlinux.org/Dock_Connector
> > it seems that the iPod doesnt have any digital IO lines on its dock
> > connector, but does have a serial interface.
> > I was thinking we could have a PIC chip connected to power and serial on
> > the iPod, with a simple program to drive the LCD remote. I imagine it
> > would accept a serial input from the iPod and bit-bang the data into the
> > LCD remote, and monitor the buttons for presses and return them to the
> > iPod via serial.
> > Of course, it would require software support on the iPod, but now we
> > have a (almost working) Rockbox port, that should be simple.
> > The main problem I see is that this would not be 'mainstream' so I would
> > be left porting my changes to each new release of Rockbox. And getting a
> > connector to mate with the odd iRiver remote.
> > Of course, the Rockbox project could 'adopt' a LCD remote of some kind
> > Any comments? anyone know of a LCD remote that already works via serial
> > only? (how do the Sony minidisc ones work?) ideally one that is still in
> > production.
> > g
> On sony minidiscs the buttons use a resistor network with different
> values for each button. The ones with a display use serial comms for
> this part of it AFAIK. It's a while since I had one though.
Received on Wed Feb 8 12:53:28 2006
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