FR and iPhone - how can they be compared?

Steven ** montgoss at
Mon Jul 28 21:18:56 CEST 2008

I too would be interested in the source for this project.  I intend to
use an arduino board in a project of my own.


On Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 11:07 AM, Sparrow <sparrow at> wrote:
> Howdy Flemming,
>        Neat idea's about the FR and custom hardware.  I currently have an
> arduino project that works great with the Freerunner, connecting both
> via blue tooth and via usb.  The arduino is used to control a custom
> irrigation solution I build on my roof using earth boxs, and the sends
> the data back to the FR for alerting and monitoring.   If you have not
> checked out the arduino micro controller, take a peek
> ( .
> Best regards,
> Steven O'Reilly
> On Fri, 2008-07-25 at 01:36 +0200, Flemming Richter Mikkelsen wrote:
>> Today, I read [1]. I also read [2], and it is basically the reasons
>> there that made me buy the Freerunner some weeks ago (look
>> at the question part). That, and that it is a cool device to hack
>> on! (Anyway, the iPhone is big, ugly and with a low res. screen:p)
>> The Freerunner is doing very well, being recommended by FSF,
>> OSM, etc, and got a lot of publicity slashdot,
>> and many other places.
>> Also it is very nice to use as a phone. I use it as my primary
>> phone, with OM2007.2. As soon as I get some time, I will try
>> to write some code for it too. There are a few issues, but if
>> there where nothing to fix, the phone would not be of any
>> interest to me. In stead of seeing limitations, one should see
>> potential:) That is the beauty of free software :D
>> One simple way to make custom hardware, is to add
>> something to the USB port, since the USB_ID pin is
>> connected to an ADC. I bought a lot of 5 pin mini USB
>> plugs, and inside one, you can actually fit a complete
>> mini circuit.
>> I have one that works as a flash light, and one for measuring
>> humidity. I plan to put the sensor inside, once I have written
>> some code that actually works.
>> I also ordered a small camera, so I will try to see if it works
>> "out of the box" or if some code needs to be rewritten.
>> The camera I bought does not have the correct electrical
>> interface, so I need to make an adapter (USB or BT). It is a
>> wireless cam,  which I will mount on my radio car:) I will add
>> some hardware and make a simple GTK app, so I can control
>> the car from my phone (and see the output from the cam). I
>> hope I ever get the time to do this.
>> [1]
>> [2]
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