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Subject: Re: Neo35 car player
From: BlueChip (cs_bluechip_at_webtribe.net)
>>This has just reminded to mention this on the ml...
>>The Neo35 (SSI + Knobby) have just added "Speech Support" to their units
>>...but it requires that you open the player and replace the firmware chip.
>>This suggests (firstly) that the firmware chip is socketed - nice to know.
>>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?
>>What planet is this?
>>Does anyone here actually have a Neo35?
>I have a Neo35, but I've never opened it up. I put Open Neo on it several
>months ago, but haven't really been keeping up on it.
>I just went over to the Open Neo site (http://www.ssiamerica.com/open/)
>and poked around the discussion groups a little. The "Voice Chip" mod
>looks suspiciously like Talkbox. From what I can tell, they send you a
>new flash chip and a CD with Windows TTS software on it. It generates
>voice files for mp3 files (*.mps), folders (*.mpf), and playlists (*.mpl).
>In order to get this functionality, you have to *buy* the chip with the
>firmware upgrade. Apparently there's some "proprietary" code in there
>that they don't want to release. Dunno if that's legit or just BS.
Whatever it is, it's illegal (see GPL)
>Personally, I'd like to have Rockbox ported to my Neo35. It shouldn't be
>too hard, since OpenNeo is actually based on the Rockbox code. I just
>wish I had the time to work on it myself. "One of these days..."
Have you ever tried selecting "Neo35" from the menu in the source code
No idea what will happen - but it could be fun finding out?
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