OpenMoko and accessories design
michele.renda at gmail.com
Thu Mar 13 11:06:15 CET 2008
I am happy this interest someone.
The advantages of an external mini usb camera is:
1. It does not require reproject of hardware (it is nice to have
autoalimented usb port :)
2. It can be bought only if a person want, who don't like don't buy it.
3. It can be upgrader with a better version if for example I need a 15
Mpixel webcam :) (I am joking) or if I need to replace because the cam is
not well running (image noise)
1. is an external module and I think he need an clip to link well to the
I don't think it must produced by openmoko firm, but it will be nice to be
produced by an external firm that can have a very potential market.
I want now that openmoko team will be concentrated on the develop of
Openmoko (core) so I can change my phone :)
The only thing that is needed is that:
1. Mini usb port support
2. Can clip stable to Freerunner phone (I don't think he can support only on
3. The full support by linux kernel
4. (optional but it will be nice) open hardware specification
My 2 cent
2008/3/13, Andy Green <andy at openmoko.com>:
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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
> 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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