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Subject: RE: serial interface uses
From: Colin Gilchrist (me_at_colinrocks.com)
> I think it would be far better to make use of an existing LCD remote
> Sony, or Nomad or somethign) and have a PIC chip act as 'man in the
That would mean decoding the 3rd party remote's protocol and fooling it
into thinking it was talking to its own device, rather than just putting
buttons on PIC pins. Plus, how easy/cheap is it to get hold of these
> There is also the problem of powering the PIC chip, as there is no
> on the Jukebox
That's a good point. It'd be OK for a car adapter, which is one thing I
would very much like to use it for, but for portable use it'd be a
little trickier. Unless you could hijack the JB battery power with a 4
core wire/connector somehow.
Maybe it IS "back to the drawing board"...
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Fred Maxwell" <rockbox_at_anti-spam.org>
> To: <rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se>
> Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 2:49 PM
> Subject: RE: serial interface uses
> > > 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
> > 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
> > amateurs in low quantities. I still think that the best answer
> > make a cable to connect a Palm series handheld to the
> > Then you get a classy, readily available consumer device with a
> > display with grayscale and graphics. The Palm provides a
> > which remote control buttons can be assigned as well as several
> > buttons on the device itself.
> > A Palm Zire can be had brand new for about $89 -- less on sale.
> > have a device with has multiple purposes. I already carry a bag to
> > with the Archos, the power supply, the USB cable, the headphones, a
> > Handspring Visor, Springboard expansion modules for same (memory
> > GPS, and cell phone), wireless headset for cell phone module, and
> > batteries. The last thing I need is a dedicated remote control. I
> > consolidate functions, not lug additional devices around.
> > Regards,
> > Fred Maxwell
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