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Subject: Re: How to get them to manufacture for us: An idea and a draft

Re: How to get them to manufacture for us: An idea and a draft

From: roland <>
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2004 23:10:48 +0100

what about "defining" or "specifying" a "next generation hardware mp3 player" ourself?
lets look for some other advanced hardware mp3 player projects, lets contact some more people with some skills in microelectronics
and engineering and ask if they would like to help - and THEN lets look for an (probably asian) company, willing to support
developing and producing such a device for a really nice price.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Wolven" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2004 9:25 PM
Subject: Re: How to get them to manufacture for us: An idea and a draft

> David H. Straayer wrote:
> > Ok, several of you have taken to the idea of soliciting Asian
> > manufacturers to make players for Rockbox.
> >
> > My idea is this: let's work on a magazine article for placement
> > in design magazines in Asia. The article is likely to welcomed
> > by the editors of these magazines, and it will get to the target
> > audience we'd like to reach.
> >
> > I've done a (very crude) first draft of such an article, below.
> > Let's pass it around and comment on it. I'll dredge through my
> > old notes, and Google around to try to find placement for it.
> >
> > What do you think?
> This sounds very interesting. If you can actually stir up some interest
> in the manufacturing sector for projects of this type we could be
> looking at a real renaissance in product development. I'd be glad to get
> a new device with sturdy buttons, a larger (or higher resolution) LCD
> screen and no proprietary non-user replaceable batteries - and a
> rockbox-like firmware option. I bet a lot of the FMR owners here would,
> too. =P
> One question that comes to mind - if I were an employee of one of these
> firms and was interested in pursuing this, who would I talk to, i.e.,
> who is the 'project manager' for an open source project (the 'key
> members' you refer to in your draft)? How do you determine who speaks
> for the open source developers, and who do you turn to if there are
> problems, or changes in hardware or interface specs, etc? I'd have to
> imagine that most firms would like some sort of accountability or
> responsibility (and CYA options) that might be hard to come by when
> teaming with open source developers. If you've been following this
> newsgroup for very long you certainly get a feel for who's doing what
> and who are the de facto "leaders", but the corporate types won't have
> any such knowledge. Just something to consider - I'm all for cooperative
> anarchy myself.
> One minor typo I noticed - "sigh-impaired" ought to be "sight-impaired".
> It passes the spell checker, but doesn't make much sense the other way.
> =) I wonder how much it would cost to have a separate RAM buffer (or
> just partitioning of a larger chip) for menu voices and talkbox
> features? The details will have to wait a bit...
> _______________________________________________

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