>>>> Does anyone know of any OSS supported devices that do have IR integrated? >>> Psion 5, 5mx, Ericsson mc218. Slow cpu, limited memory, monochrome and old >>> kernel, but excellent battery life on a pair of AAs. Probably not the form >>> factor you're after though. >> Interesting idea thanks, perhaps a tad too old though as you say. >> I'd prefer a form-factor closer to a standard remote but with an LCD, >> ideally touch-screen but not imperative. >> >>> Neuros OSD - for a low power consumption ethernet to IR gateway >>> and standard def media player. Again probably not what you're >>> after. >> Yeah really looking for hand-held device but thanks! > > > My own initial idea was, of course, to just find a handheld device > with inbuilt IR functionality, but then not only did I see that there > was the issue of finding something with `inbuilt IR' functionality at > all, but that the meaning of "IR" actually varied (computing devices > support IRDA; TVs and other such devices use different protocols, and > it appeared that an IRDA device may not be able to support any of the > non-IRDA protocols). Also, prior to the FreeRunner, I found it > difficult to justify to myself the idea spending $500 or more on a > more functionally-limited device like an iPaq or something that would > probably just end up being a $500+ TV remote control. > > But then I got an OSD and realised that it came with a IR dongle and > that I could use it as a gateway, which made the problem easier. > > One of the interesting things about the IR functionality of the OSD, > though, is that it doesn't appear to be built-in to the OSD per > se--the IR transmitter is a small device that just connects to the > OSD's serial port. > > I believe that there are universal `consumer electronics'-type IR > transceivers (UIRT) currently on the market that function as USB > devices, and some of them are even quite cheap--in the worst case, > this might be a less-invasive option: to simply plug one of these into > a FreeRunner's USB port.
Nah if I can't find something that has Consumer_IR integrated I'll just persevere with my X50V. If it turns out to be too limited longer-term for other reasons, then I'll just start excluding IR as a prerequisite for any replacement. I'll still have the IR bridge functionality built into my controller PC & that's all that really matters in the end. I haven't decided on the exact IR transceiver yet, but it'll be from one of the these three vendors: Iguana, IRTrans, CommandIR. The others have been ruled out. I'm thinking the IR bridge functionality would be best built into my pre-existing HTPC. Bridging for other protocols will prolly be done by a 2nd controller PC (the primary HA controller), which will be a VM on my native VMM server. Cheers, Jed _______________________________________________ Openmoko community mailing list email@example.com http://lists.openmoko.org/mailman/listinfo/community