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Poll: What gadget would you like to see in a all-in-one usb device for the pandora? (195 member(s) have cast votes)

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  1. Accelerometer!!! tilting he device for steering rulez! (31 votes [15.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.82%

  2. A camera ofcource, i wanna use my pandora for everything! (28 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  3. A simtray for bothering people with prankcalls :D (13 votes [6.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.63%

  4. GPS device, why not use it for on the road? (68 votes [34.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.69%

  5. TV tuner.(maby a little big) (20 votes [10.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.20%

  6. FM-Radio, becouse you dont have internet everywhere! (9 votes [4.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.59%

  7. Fingerprint scanner, the ultimate way to boot up the pandora! (5 votes [2.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.55%

  8. A extra battery of about 1000~2000 spare mah. (22 votes [11.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.22%

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#61 Grench

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 08:38 PM

None of the above.

GPS = bluetooth - Assuming anyone ever gets the maps/software nailed down.
OBDII = bluetooth
Drive expansion = shared on 802.11g network

I''ll probably try to get this to work on it with Audacity though:
http://www.centrance.com/products/mp/


#62 cbox

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 09:34 PM

Will the Linux distro on the Pandora support USB DVD burners/readers? Just bought one for my regular laptop, figure it might be cool for the Pandora too.


#63 B-ZaR

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 09:36 PM

QUOTE(cbox @ Apr 18 2009, 12:34 AM) View Post
Will the Linux distro on the Pandora support USB DVD burners/readers? Just bought one for my regular laptop, figure it might be cool for the Pandora too.

Most likely yes. I for one don't see any reason why it wouldn't.


#64 borgqueenx

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:14 AM

mmm a extrenal HDD or burner or blue ray player wouldnt be really portable. not something i want for my pandora...

#65 valhalla

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 01:12 PM

QUOTE('B-ZaR' @ 'Apr 17 2009, 10:36 PM)

QUOTE('cbox' @ 'Apr 18 2009, 12:34 AM)
Will the Linux distro on the Pandora support USB DVD burners/readers? Just bought one for my regular laptop, figure it might be cool for the Pandora too.

Most likely yes. I for one don''t see any reason why it wouldn''t.


as long as they are self powered, I suppose (but I''ve never seen an USB powered one)

#66 B-ZaR

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 03:10 PM

QUOTE(valhalla @ Apr 20 2009, 04:12 PM) View Post
QUOTE('B-ZaR' @ 'Apr 17 2009, 10:36 PM)

QUOTE('cbox' @ 'Apr 18 2009, 12:34 AM)
Will the Linux distro on the Pandora support USB DVD burners/readers? Just bought one for my regular laptop, figure it might be cool for the Pandora too.

Most likely yes. I for one don''t see any reason why it wouldn''t.


as long as they are self powered, I suppose (but I''ve never seen an USB powered one)

Even if it was usb-powered, pandora supplies full 500mA so it would still work, right?


#67 cbox

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 05:08 PM

The DVD burner I purchased is USB powered, it uses a laptop DVD drive. It has an optional power jack that pulls power off of a PS1 keyboard port but can also be powered fully by USB.

#68 Alibobar

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 05:44 PM

^ that would still depend on the Amperage of the USB-port and considering the Pondora only gives 500mA this is probably not possible.

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 07:58 PM

QUOTE(Alibobar @ Apr 20 2009, 08:44 PM) View Post
^ that would still depend on the Amperage of the USB-port and considering the Pondora only gives 500mA this is probably not possible.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Power

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A unit load is defined as 100 mA in USB 2.0, and was raised to 150 mA in USB 3.0. A maximum of 5 unit loads can be drawn from a port in USB 2.0, which was raised to 6 in USB 3.0. There are two types of devices: low-power and high-power. Low-power devices draw at most 1 unit load, with minimum operating voltage of 4.4 V in USB 2.0, and 4 V in USB 3.0. High-power devices draw the maximum number of unit loads supported by the standard.

If I read this correctly, a standard USB 2.0 device can draw a maximum of 5*100mA = 500mA, which the pandora supplies.


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Posted 20 April 2009 - 11:03 PM

QUOTE(B-ZaR @ Apr 20 2009, 03:58 PM) View Post
If I read this correctly, a standard USB 2.0 device can draw a maximum of 5*100mA = 500mA, which the pandora supplies.
The problem being that many USB devices (especially hard disks and optical drives) do not follow the standard. Nearly every 2.5" USB hard drive uses well over 500mA during spin up. They only work at all because nearly all laptops and desktops allow for these variances and limit their USB ports to 1A or higher.

The USB power regulator in the Pandora allows for 500mA continuous and 750mA peaks. Some drives will work, and some won't. It's going to take some trial and error to determine which drives will and which won't.


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Posted 21 April 2009 - 06:19 AM

QUOTE(Chip @ Apr 21 2009, 02:03 AM) View Post
QUOTE(B-ZaR @ Apr 20 2009, 03:58 PM) View Post
If I read this correctly, a standard USB 2.0 device can draw a maximum of 5*100mA = 500mA, which the pandora supplies.
The problem being that many USB devices (especially hard disks and optical drives) do not follow the standard. Nearly every 2.5" USB hard drive uses well over 500mA during spin up. They only work at all because nearly all laptops and desktops allow for these variances and limit their USB ports to 1A or higher.

The USB power regulator in the Pandora allows for 500mA continuous and 750mA peaks. Some drives will work, and some won't. It's going to take some trial and error to determine which drives will and which won't.

Thanks for the correction. I guess I was too naive to think companies would follow a standard to ensure their products worked smile.gif


#72 Matthias_H

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 10:10 PM

I was thinking of a little device that accepts Super Nintendo cartridges on one side and pipes the ROM data to the host via a convenient interface (USB Mass Storage or Bluetooth or so, SMC/SWC files).

#73 Aethix

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 10:44 PM

There might be something like that, but game copying devices, especially old ones, are pretty hard to find.

Try searching around for a Game Doctor SF7. Bung, the company that made these, was shut down by a lawsuit, so they're pretty rare.

Edit: does anyone know if it would be possible to use USB cables with alligator clips to copy ROMs from cartridges?

Edited by Aethix, 28 May 2009 - 10:45 PM.


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Posted 28 May 2009 - 11:48 PM

I'd like a laser range finder and a compass please biggrin.gif

#75 lulzfish

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:20 AM

You'd need a lot of very tiny alligator clips to hit all the pins on a game cartridge. And a microcontroller to translate that into actual data, and to send it over USB.

But it's theoretically possible, assuming that the cartridge itself just provides data and doesn't authenticate for the presence of an actual console at any step. That would complicate things a bit.