OpenMoko and accessories design

Michael Shiloh michael at
Thu Mar 13 19:32:01 CET 2008

It's really very simple. Someone hack one together, take pictures, and 
describe it on a wiki page. As Andy says, once we chickens find our 
heads we can consider whether to turn these into products or not.


Andy Green wrote:
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> Somebody in the thread at some point said:
>> That is a nice idea, would like to have an accessory like that to make
>> my neo into a camera, when I need it...
> It is a nice idea.  The Y cable is a nice idea too.  But (it's just my
> personal take) the problem with loading up any new things on this
> product right now is
>  - we didn't sell any yet :-)
>  - everyone is running around in headless chicken mode trying to
> finalize production, their brains are not configured for new tasks right now
> I think the way forward is to prototype these ideas on a GTA02 and
> document it and what it does, where it is useful, then after the current
> storm dies down it is accessible to explain what the idea is to the
> people that can yea or nay it.
> For these external USB accessories, it is exactly the kind of thing
> users can hack on, including the kernel side if needed (although USB
> device support in Linux can already be adequate for many tasks).  If a
> couple of folks did it and are going on about how much it rocked and to
> show what they achieved this speaks very loudly.
> I started prototyping the Y cable, but of course the wiring for a mini
> USB cable does not include ID normally :-/  Later I will edit the cable
> of one of the chargers I have here to do it that way.
> Really I think this kind of user-driven "Wah! We could do THIS!!!" is
> great and it is exactly the idea of the product, but unlike a closed
> product we really CAN do it without petitioning the company, and within
> reason I'm pretty sure supporting this kind of hacking endeavour from my
> side is part of my job description.
> - -Andy
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