[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Re: Using the N770/N800 as a remote control.

From: Brian Waite linwoes at gmail.com
Date: Tue Jan 16 23:26:07 EET 2007
On Tuesday 16 January 2007 15:42, Ted Zlatanov wrote:
> On 16 Jan 2007, jonsmirl at gmail.com wrote:
> On 1/16/07, Ted Zlatanov <tzz at lifelogs.com> wrote:
> > > Would it be possible to write a generic remote control for the
> > > 770/N800, which talked (over TCP/IP or Bluetooth) to a master
> > > controller?  The master controller would know that "turn TV on" really
> > > means "send IR code xyz" but the generic remote control doesn't have
> > > to.  Are there any protocols to do this already?  Also, UPnP seems to
> > > be possible with the 770/N800 Media Streamer as a controller, IIRC.
> >
> > There are several 11b/g to IR converter devices on the market but they
> > cost $600. You might as well install something like a Media Center PC.
> > But doing that makes the installation much more complicated than using
> > a simple IR transmitter. Designing IR into the N800 would add about $3
> > to its production cost.
> I doubt you and I know production costs in such detail, but I would
> agree the added cost to Nokia is not large. 
A case in point I worked at a company that removed a 10 cent sensor from a 
$349 piece of equipment to save money. All those pennies add up when you 
start thinking in the 100,000 units. So if there is no biz case you are only 
wasting money to put it in!

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