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202 comments

Cool hack? Not in my book. (3, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812637)

For only the cost of a PocketPC, iPod, and Griffin IR gadget you too can iPod your Slashdot! [slashdot.org] To be fair, you might not have to pay the $17 for the IR gadget from Griffen... You could just buy a kit from Radio Shack and DIY for $5 less!

This isn't a "cool hack" or even "news for nerds". This is incredibly lame, backwards, and expensive. Why bother to use all these devices when you could just use a $10 or less Universal Remote from Walmart with a lot less futzing?

A cool hack would be controlling your iPod via a $10 universal remote from Walmart.

Cool. (4, Insightful)

Oculus Habent (562837) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812678)

I'm not interested in the whole PocketPC process, but the fact that you can do it is awesome.

Slap together an IR "microphone" and do it yourself if you don't like their process. I don't plan on rushing out to buy a PocketPC to try this, but that it can be done is worth noting.

You can! (5, Funny)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812680)

A cool hack would be controlling your iPod via a $10 universal remote from Walmart.

1. Buy iPod.

2. But $10 universal remote from WalMart.

3. Use corner of universal remote to push iPod buttons and rotate volume dealy-widget.

So much more cool and high tech than using your primitve old finger.

Re:You can! (1)

thebes (663586) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812793)

I believe the idea would be that you could plug your iPod into say, a home stereo system, and use it as an MP3 jukebox...not control it while it is tree inches from your hand anyways. I could be wrong though...this is slashdot.

whoosh [n/t] (0)

Valar (167606) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812887)

...

Re:You can! (1)

Geldon (444090) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812973)

...

4. PROFIT!

Re:You can! (1)

gotr00t (563828) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812989)

Get a moist piece of paper and put it on the corner of the remote, because the wheel of the iPod is still a "touch" device that works on the same principles as a computer touch pad.

Re:You can! (1)

motte_fra (682157) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813068)

actually you don't http://www.synaptics.com/products/touchpad_faq.cfm [synaptics.com]

Re:You can! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9813212)

Huh? You just contraticted yourself. Of course he has to use a wet paper (or, I think, better some salty wet paper (no, not this salty)), to use the touchpad, since IT IS capacity based!

Re:You can! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9813289)

that means the ipod has no capacity ?

Re:Cool hack? Not in my book. (3, Insightful)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812722)

This isn't a "cool hack" or even "news for nerds". This is incredibly lame, backwards, and expensive.

I think someone here doesn't understand what a 'cool hack' is. One of the things that can define a 'cool hack' is going the long way around to make a peice of technology do something that it wasn't originally intended to do, i.e.: installing linux on a dreamcast or connecting a cuecat to amazon.com.

Price never enters into it.

Re:Cool hack? Not in my book. (3, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812768)

I think someone here doesn't understand what a 'cool hack' is. One of the things that can define a 'cool hack' is going the long way around to make a peice of technology do something that it wasn't originally intended to do, i.e.: installing linux on a dreamcast or connecting a cuecat to amazon.com.

Installing Linux on a Dreamcast or connecting a CueCat to Amazon.com to link your personal collections (books, DVDs, whatever) is far more exciting than using existing pieces of technology to do something.

This is a piece of PocketPC software that is talking to a Griffin IR gadget which the iPod is controlling. Woofuckinghoo.

It is certainly not "cool" by any stretch of the imagination. All they did was use existing technology through several different hoops to get a simple task accomplished. I can't even fathom how you could place it in the same realm as the CueCat hacks or Linux running on hardware X.

Re:Cool hack? Not in my book. (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812855)

I would guess Rube Goldberg isn't one your favorites?

Really, simply taking the long way around to do something that could be done in a much simpler fashion is cool in itself. It's like climbing Mt. Everest "because it's there," but without the frostbite and risk of freezing to death. And maybe it's a little easier.

Re:Cool hack? Not in my book. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9813280)

I can't even fathom how you could place it in the same realm as the CueCat hacks or Linux running on hardware X.
Two words: Apple zealots.

The PocketPC is a one time thing (2, Interesting)

gotr00t (563828) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812868)

Really, all you technically need to _buy_ is the griffin remote thingy, nothing else. The pocketPC is only a one time thing from which you record the signals of the remote. If you had read the whole article, you would find that you could have done this using a computer as well.

Re:Cool hack? Not in my book. (1)

dasmegabyte (267018) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812946)

Hey, it's slashdot. Use the iPod anywhere, it gets front page status.

Incidentally, I control my life with the iPod. See, some days I just don't want to get up in the morning. Playing the second Queens of the Stone Age album on my iPod every morning at 7:30 makes sure I get to to work on time. Wow, what an amazing hack!

Re:Cool hack? Not in my book. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9813008)

Duh, it's cool because it includes an iPod in the equation!

Hmm (4, Interesting)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813087)

Actually, it seems like it works by recording IR signals as audio, and then re-broadcasting by playing the sounds. Actually that's kind of interesting.

But, it would work with any Mp3 player, so it's a little annoying that they focused on the iPod exclusively, when any digital audio player would work.

It would also be a HUGE pain in the ass to actualy use, especialy if you've already got a pocket PC that could do all that already without all the work...

Re:Cool hack? Not in my book. (1)

joeytmann (664434) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813220)

Yeah I tend to agree. It does have a neat concept to it, but definately more of a "some one has way to much free time" kinda thing...

YES! (1)

djkoolaide (729441) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812644)

The ultimate in laziness. Now I can use my iPod and remote at the same time.

I've got a really cool gadget... (5, Funny)

AxB_teeth (156656) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812645)

It's a pad of paper. To turn it into a remote control, all you need is the pad of paper (of course) and a remote control.

Re:I've got a really cool gadget... (4, Funny)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812821)

also works with house pets, and, to a lesser degree, lions.

Re:I've got a really cool gadget... (1)

AxB_teeth (156656) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812891)

I've also had good results with slices of cheese, but YMMV.

Re:I've got a really cool gadget... (2, Funny)

Bob McCown (8411) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813080)

also works with house pets, and, to a lesser degree, lions.

but only in Kenya.

Re:I've got a really cool gadget... (1)

cygnus (17101) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813175)

dude, you forgot the duct tape!

Great... (3, Insightful)

Aphex Junkie (633436) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812647)

Now maybe my family won't fight for the remote so much, especially when I tell them that one wrong move turns it into a $300+ paperweight!

Re:Great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9812936)

Insightful... I want to cry now

Why not play Led Zeppelin through the IR thingy? (2, Funny)

sulli (195030) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812649)

That would cause all kinds of fun at your local sports bar.

Re:Why not play Led Zeppelin through the IR thingy (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813020)

Why not put IR lasers on a Moon base and control all the sports bars? (It's what I like to call a "Death Star.")

Re:Why not play Led Zeppelin through the IR thingy (2, Funny)

swschrad (312009) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813178)

just teach a frog to sing "stairway to heaven" and take that to the sports bar.

the problem is getting a brace of crickets to play guitars for realism.

so, what does the iPod do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9812659)

so you need a PocketPC to get your iPod to be a remote... does this basicly run as a UI for you PocketPC for your PocketPC to be the remote?

i can run the mile at 65mph, i just need a car to do it with.

Re:so, what does the iPod do? (1)

coinreturn (617535) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812781)

RTFA - the pocket PC is used to GET the IR signals, not as the remote.

Re:so, what does the iPod do? (1)

Squirrley (708130) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812939)

From what I understand, after you record the signals as .mp3's, then you just have to plug the Griffin thing into the headphone port, and play the signals... right?

Turn your iPod into a ... (4, Funny)

Mignon (34109) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812660)

Hey, that's cool. And with this [germancarfans.com] , you can turn your iPod into a car.

Yawn (2, Insightful)

SYFer (617415) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812662)

I guess "cool hack" is in the eyes of the beholder. To me, this sounds like a kludge (the Pocket PC, gadget and iPod). And all for what? That tired old, barely useful remote control "hack."

Re:Yawn (1)

Solder Fumes (797270) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812716)

Actually, this is pretty neat compared to most iPod text-file "hacks". They record little songs that are the IR waveforms, then play them from the headphone jack with the IR accessory. You only use the Pocket PC to record the initial IR waveforms. There's no reason you couldn't do a similar thing with a regular PC and IR detector, or possibly a laptop. There's also the possibility of making downloadable packs of audio files that could be traded for different remotes or audio equipment, so all you need is the iPod and IR accessory.

Griffin actually produced this for this purpose (4, Interesting)

adzoox (615327) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812668)

Griffin demoed the PodMate at the 2002 MacWorld Expo. They were controlling a Sony TV and Stereo at their booth with one of these devices. Apple asked them not to develop it further for some reason.

They scrapped the plans and then made it part of their Griffin Mobile division - selling it for the iPaq originally.

Re:Griffin actually produced this for this purpose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9812884)

PodMate Photo

Re:Griffin actually produced this for this purpose (1)

jrockway (229604) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813121)

> Apple asked them not to develop it further for some reason.

Fuck Apple.

Apple asked the hymn people to stop developing it, and they told Apple to fuck off. Much easier that way, really.

Re:Griffin actually produced this for this purpose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9813311)

Apple asked the hymn people to stop developing it, and they told Apple to fuck off. Much easier that way, really.
And long before that, Apple asked VideoLAN to stop distributing the code [videolan.org] that hymn depends on, and VideoLAN appearently told Apple to fuck off.

The cool thing about this.. (4, Informative)

wfberg (24378) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812682)

Is that you can, apparently, just hook up an infrared transceiver to a standard 3.5mm earphone/microphone plug..

So really, you only need the infrared-tranceiver-plug and some software to record sound. You sample the "sound" that comes from the tranceiver, then plug it into lineout and play back..

Of course, you can also hook up a microphone to your TVs tranceiver, and just play the recorded sounds out loud. Kind of like an old school "clicker" remote control that worked by audio. In fact, you could probably, with enough training, learn how to shriek directly in television-ese!

Captain crunch would approve.

Good idea? (2, Funny)

MarsDefenseMinister (738128) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812687)

The remote control perpetually wins the category of "most dropped electronic device in a typical home." Good way to scratch the iPod.

IPOD Articles (2, Funny)

m1kesm1th (305697) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812689)

A) Connect Pocket PC
B) Connect Other Device
C) Figure Out How to Connect IPOD
D) Write Slashdot Article

Re:IPOD Articles (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812777)

I'm trying to follow your directions, but I'm confused - in Step A, what do I connect the Pocket PC to?

Re:IPOD Articles (1)

matt_gaia (228110) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812803)

ObSlashdotPost:
E) Profit?

Re:IPOD Articles (1)

Espectr0 (577637) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812808)

C) Figure Out How to Connect IPOD ...a.k.a ????

E) Microsoft Profits! for buying a pocket pc to do this lame hack.

How to control your TV via your cellphone... (2, Funny)

argent (18001) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812698)

It's a neat hack, but it's a neat hack that doesn't require an iPod or a Pocket PC... just a Griffin IR transceiver (or a handmade one, though you're unlikely to be able to make one as cheap and compact) and something to record and play back the 'sound' of the IR.

Put the control signals in your ringtone, and turn your TV on by calling your cellphone. Use custom ringtones and call from different phones to change the channel, adjust the volume, ...

Re:How to control your TV via your cellphone... (1)

rjstanford (69735) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812938)

Put the control signals in your ringtone, and turn your TV on by calling your cellphone. Use custom ringtones and call from different phones to change the channel, adjust the volume, ...

Cool idea, but doesn't this mean that your celphone is now restricted to being next to your TV, and you need to use your home phone to change channels (or another cel I guess), and that there's a multi-second lagtime? The whole IR->Sound concept does have a lot of intreguing hack possibilities to it though.

Re:How to control your TV via your cellphone... (1)

argent (18001) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813037)

Cool idea, but doesn't this mean that your celphone is now restricted to being next to your TV

Sure, it's about as practical as the jet-powered beer cooler. It's 'geek performance art'. Putting an IR control on your iPod isn't that much more practical... I have a remote control package for my PDA that works great... but it's not practical if you don't keep your PDA by the TV.

On the other hand, you can get a cheap flash-powered MP3 player for under $50 and make a 'stealth' IR control out of that... then walk past a bank of TVs blasting "Channel Up" at them.

another subterfuge (0, Troll)

klang (27062) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812703)

NO, the iPod is not turned into a universal remote .. the PocketPC is .. the iPod is just acting as an anoying chunk at the end of the damn PocketPC..

Re:another subterfuge (1)

brilinux (255400) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812750)

My universal remote is better than this: an HP-48gx graphing calculator. I would think that most pocket PCs could probably be used as a remote because of their IR ports without adding an iPod and an IR kit anyway. Well, I guess my UR hacks are just old-fashioned.

Re:another subterfuge (0, Redundant)

Solder Fumes (797270) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812751)

RTFA. Please.

No subterfuge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9812756)

cool!

A one-button remote? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9812706)

Wow, that sounds really convenient...

Price beats Sony (0)

Wireless Joe (604314) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812714)

Say what you will, this still beats Sony's latest entry [slashdot.org] . in the remote-control realm on price, if not on coolness, functionality, ease of use, form factor or support.

Recipe: (1)

ActionPlant (721843) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812721)

Let's see....

Take a relatively expensive toy,

Add a big ugly knob,

Trade in a lot of your one-touch buttons for lots more scrolling.

Surf for a while, simmer and search for proper recorder hacks. Cross fingers, will serve a few, frustrate many.

But it's cool as hell. Looks like a headache, but I can't not try it.

Cool hack but pointless.. (1)

polyp2000 (444682) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812727)

We have all heard of those "One For All" remote controls. Well if you need all these different devices to use it ; isnt it more of a "All For One" system?

For some reason I'm thinking of the Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds [80snostalgia.com]

Do you even need the PocketPC? (1)

FLEB (312391) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812737)

I'm not totally sure what this IR-to-audio device is, but couldn't you just line-in it to a regular PC (or a tape deck, even) and sound-record with that?

DMCA (2, Interesting)

bkruiser (610285) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812738)

If you publish your IR commands are you violating DMCA? Who will be the first to have a catalogue of IR .mp3 files sued by Matsushita/Sony/JVC for DMCA violation? On the otherhand it could be another way for those companys to make money... charge a dollar per command?

Re:DMCA (1)

erotic_pie (796522) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813173)

sad thing is I could see this happening

why? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812744)

Just spend a few bucks on software and you can use the pocket PC as a remote control now..

This 'make your ipod into a bla bla' is silly..

Its like killing termites with a flame thrower..

Cooler Hack (5, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812745)

I just plug the IR bit into my guitar - now I play 'Sweet Child o' Mine' to change channels to Adult Swim, and 'Devil Inside' to change to C-Span.

It's really quite intuitive.

Re:Cooler Hack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9813081)

Just out of curiosity, what do you play to change to Fox News and CNN?

Re:Cooler Hack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9813131)

What song for Fox News? Purple Haze?

Rather Clunky, BUT (1)

grunt107 (739510) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812754)

The premise is valiant. It seems like itching your left ear w/your right hand by going over the top of your head - why not just use the PDA to play the "sounds"?
I am waiting for the perfect convergence of all home electronics, appliances and climate/house controls "broadcasting" their capabilities (all with a lock-out, so my neighbor cannot turn on my stereo at 3am and play some Barry Manilow!) to a device (or PC), allowing a PDA-style remote to visually control them all (or even the web).

There are some very high-end AV/home controllers that do some of this, but I want more choices!

how about developing an IR sound generator ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9812759)

instead of requiring hardware to generate the sounds for you ? Sure it is lame enough that you can only store these generated pre-sets, but at least you can do away with the rest of the overhead. It would be a lot smarter to reprogram the ipod the generate the sounds instead of playing precorded sounds... that is all. :)
~ ddf ~

iPod as the "Java Ring" ? (3, Interesting)

Ars-Fartsica (166957) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812765)

Lots of interesting angles coming out for exploiting a wearable, portable data store. Seems like this was the proposition of the Java Ring, but that assumed too much bandwidth. People still need to carry their data with them until bigger pipes are easily available.

Would be interested to see someone float a thin client based on using the iPod as the user identification/storage component. Lots of ideas come to mind once you assume the iPod is ubiquotous.

Re:iPod as the "Java Ring" ? (1)

wfberg (24378) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813100)

Would be interested to see someone float a thin client based on using the iPod as the user identification/storage component. Lots of ideas come to mind once you assume the iPod is ubiquotous.

USB mass storage is ubiquitous enough; from thumbdrives that store 128MB to usb harddrive based devices (not just the iPod). Only trouble is, why would you plug in your data in a machine you don't trust? And if you did, why bother with a thin client, you can just have apps on your hard drive (especially Mac apps, just drag and drop).

For your ultimate customized experience, you could lug along a bootable linux live CD, like knoppix..

As for authentication, you'd want/need some sort of challenge/response software on the device to do that. Which was the whole point of the Java ring.

Lots of ideas come to mind once you assume the iPod is ubiquotous.

Aaah, we can but dream for the day.. Lost of ideas come to minde once you assume the ubiquitousness of anything, really.

(I don't really like the iPod though. It's very small, that's the biggest feature. But having to use the software just to copy some songs on it, even though it's just another USB mass storage device? That's brain-dead. Add to that ITMS DRM tactics (and pricing) and well.. It's the microsoft of MP3 players.)

Re:iPod as the "Java Ring" ? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813128)

Frankly I'm not really sure what the point of the Java iButton was/is. I remember someone telling me that the initial demo at some conference involved collaborative computing. What is this, wonder twin powers? If anything it would be useful for authentication. The thing doesn't have enough code storage at this point to do anything really useful, and it's better to just run java apps on your cellphone.

Why include the iPod (-1, Redundant)

RedX (71326) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812791)

A quick Google search shows that there are already several software tools available to turn the Pocket PC into an IR remote for home theater devices. Why bother with 3 devices (Pocket PC, iPod, Griffin thing) when 1 would suffice?

Here [vitotechnology.com] is one example
This one [pdawin.com] does voice control

Re:Why include the iPod (1)

Solder Fumes (797270) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812812)

You went to the trouble of finding those links, but couldn't read the article to find out whether you were completely wrong about it?

Re:Why include the iPod (1)

RedX (71326) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813140)

I did read the article. You're using a Pocket PC (with remote control software loaded on it!) and using it to turn an iPod with the Griffin add-on into a remote control. I didn't bother to add the steps of also using a Mac/PC and iTunes. So you're right, I was wrong, I forgot to include an extra device and 2 more pieces of software.

Re:Why include the iPod (1)

Solder Fumes (797270) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813219)

They only used the Pocket PC to record the remote-control waveforms. It's not specifically required, and only the iPod with the little IR transmitter is needed to use the remote. If a database of IR waveforms was developed, you technically would only need the IR adapter and download the correct set of audio files.

Turn your car into a TV remote! (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812798)

Since most PocketPC systems have IR built in you could just stop there. Or you coul just spend 20$ and buy a remote. Why the hell would you want to drag an iPod into this I dont know. You may as well turn your car, toaster oven, or microwave into a remote.

just one more thing (1)

azmatsci (759463) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812802)

Just one more thing to keep us fat americans from having to get up to change the chanel.

PlocketPC (0)

Space_Balls (728680) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812811)

Many IPAQs have a stronger then usual IR transmitter/receiver to be able to control your TV using the NEVO software, which comes with it. So I don't see the point of this!

Re:PlocketPC (1)

Solder Fumes (797270) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812830)

If you read the article, you would see the point. Or even if you read one or two of the comments in this thread.

Dedicated devices are better, here. (0)

alexatrit (689331) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812827)

First there's an article on a $700 Linux-based Remote Control [slashdot.org] , now this? Come on! The most expensive universal remotes [google.com] seem to cost $250 - and I bet they work a lot better than this. Oh yeah, and you can replace the batteries in them too.

my pocketpc already has universal controller .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9812836)

if involving a ppc it would be less expensive to simply install a pcmcia microdrive into your ppc and use a freeware mp3 player... it already comes with a pretty decent universal remote control application... um duh?
~ ddf ~

Here's a clue gentlemen... (5, Funny)

raytracer (51035) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812860)

If you take a $10 item, and modify it to replace a $1000 item, that's probably a good hack.

If you take a $1000 item, and modify it to replace a $10 item, that's not a good hack. That's just stupidity.

It takes no cleverness to waste money.

There is much pleasure in useless information. [brainwagon.org]

Not that cool (5, Funny)

stinkyfingers (588428) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812883)

You know what would be REALLY cool? Turn my remote into an iPod. Now there's a mod I could get into.

There are better things to hack (2, Interesting)

John Jorsett (171560) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812888)

I can't imagine the combination of boredom and wealth that would lead me to want to do this to an iPod. If you want something useful to hack, reverse engineer a Garmin GPS receiver so that I can modify one to calculate and show the coordinates of the target of a laser range finder. I'd rather use an existing piece of equipment like that instead of having to design and build my own.

Re:There are better things to hack (1)

ptorrone (638660) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812984)

why would i want to do that? i had an ipod and pocket pc. i don't shoot guns, assuming that's what you want a gps laser targeting device for, but if it did, i would make that.

Re:There are better things to hack (1)

John Jorsett (171560) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813151)

i don't shoot guns, assuming that's what you want a gps laser targeting device for, but if it did, i would make that.

It's not for killing Bambi. Search and rescue and fire fighting.

first]. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9812916)

dicKs produced WorkK that you

Apple Hacking (2, Insightful)

chia_monkey (593501) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812917)

Does anyone else find it kind of comical that Apple, the company that revolutionized "easy computing", simple interfaces, simple industrial design, etc has become a geek's haven for hacking? OS X with their BSD underpinnings gives the UNIX geeks so much to play with. Newton diehards are hacking the crap out of it to keep it "alive". People are hacking iPods in so many different ways. All this for a company that takes pride in their "we make computing easy for you". I wonder what will be hacked next. Guesses anyone?

How about?? (1)

trailerparkcassanova (469342) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812948)

Replacing the iPod with a bowl of grits? Or ham and cheese sandwich bought at the gas station?

Ummmm Ok.. (1)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812974)

Spend at least $249 for the Ipod, a couple of hundred for a pocket PC, etc. thats over $400 bucks for an IR only Universal, plus the time of putting it together. Not to mention the clunky interface, when you could buy THIS [hometheatermaster.com] and controlly everything via RF + IR from anywhere in your house, plus a streamlined, easily programmable (from windows sorry) control interface (took me 10 minutes to set up DVD, Reciever, Cable BOX, and 3 TV's).

Turn your iPod into a automobile. (1)

Gannoc (210256) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812990)


All you need is an iPod, an automobile, and some crazy glue! I love my AppleCar, and hope that you can appreciate my hack!

IR - Audio (5, Interesting)

Jadsky (304239) | more than 9 years ago | (#9812998)

This project [thecodeproject.com] describes the most interesting part of this hack... converting the IR into a waveform in the first place. That Griffin gadget is fascinating.

The article talks about how you read off the IR codes in the first place, and convert them into usable waveforms. It uses C# targetted for PocketPC. I found the underpinnings of this hack far more interesting than the hack itself.

Pocket PC and IR gadget? (4, Funny)

moronga (323123) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813030)

Reminds me of a Dale Gribble quote from King of the Hill:

"If you want, I can show you how to make a bomb out of a roll of toilet paper and a stick of dynamite."

iPod into a Universal remote? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9813079)

Right... call me when I can turn a universal remote into an iPod.

Recap? (1)

Creamsickle (792801) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813095)

I didn't RTFA, could somebody quick recap how it is you can turn a PocketPC into an iPod? What is the point of doing this, exactly?

ultrasonic remote "hacks" (1)

trailerparkcassanova (469342) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813206)

Jingling a ring of keys or pouring a handful of change from one hand to the other would operate the TV.

iPod Remote Car Starter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9813254)

I'm so lazy, I use my iPod to start my call. Hell, it is going to have voice recognition and dial my cell for me soon!

Reverse Engineering (0, Redundant)

sup191 (649962) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813275)

I'm still waiting for somebody to hack my remote control into a mp3 player...

Logitech Harmony (1)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 9 years ago | (#9813296)

One of the comment posters on the site pointed to the Logitech Harmony [logitech.com] universal remote which looks pretty neat.

The poster claims its an XML compliant universal remote - although I couldn't find the information on the website (admitidally I only looked briefly).

One downside is that it's very expensive ($299) but one cool thing is that it has support for TV channel guides built into the remote.

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