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    As i was looking at my palm tonight i was pondering the fact that it might be possible to make it interface with a car mp3 player. I mean the thing has an IR port on it and is cabable of beaming stuff to laptops with no problems.

    It might be intresting to just use your palm as a remote to power on the player, play songs, and whatever else you need to do.

    Another option i thought was somehow getting the palm to run off something other then batteries and just mounting it on the dash, that way you would have the digital LCD readout that you could maybe update in realtime (not sure if IR is too slow for this) and you would have a nifty remote.

    I have no idea if this would work or not, does anyone else have an idea?

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    Umm, IR is a form of light, light is very fast, if anything, your computer and palm would be too slow,
    (heh, just had to say that)

    I have really been thinking about getting a PalmIIIc to be used in my car, and then to take out when I get to school and write down my home work and such, but I'm not sure yet.
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    Originally posted by Kajo:
    As i was looking at my palm tonight i was pondering the fact that it might be possible to make it interface with a car mp3 player. I mean the thing has an IR port on it and is cabable of beaming stuff to laptops with no problems.

    It might be intresting to just use your palm as a remote to power on the player, play songs, and whatever else you need to do.

    Another option i thought was somehow getting the palm to run off something other then batteries and just mounting it on the dash, that way you would have the digital LCD readout that you could maybe update in realtime (not sure if IR is too slow for this) and you would have a nifty remote.

    I have no idea if this would work or not, does anyone else have an idea?

    Kajo out-

    I have tried this. I've messed around with using my Handspring Visor to control my car computer (I have an IRMan already installed) but the main problem from my perspective is that the built-in IR port is very very low power. Unless you use the add-on IR module, it's difficult. You have to practically make the Visor KISS the IRMan for it to pick up the signal, even with fresh batteries.

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    have a look at http://www.mobilejukebox.com i believe this guy uses a palm/handspring visor.

    mite be of interest
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    Hey guys, thanks for the replies...

    I had doubts as well about wether the palm would have the range to get to the player or not... i wonder if their would be anyway to replace the IR with a really buff one to get some more distance out of it.

    Thanks
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    i have a palm3c and a usb powersync cable (rare ) that i used as an interface in the car using palmamp or busker (never realy decided which i like better) the reason i hunted down the powersync is so the palm didn't drain its batteries hile using it in the car. i fact it charged while in the car.
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    Hey,
    Seriously check this site out: http://www.giantdisc.com/
    I think it is a fabulous idea! I am thinking aobut making another car player and using this option. It looks smooth. And the nice thing is you really don't need that beefy of a comp to run this setup. A pentium or amd and 32 megs of ram would be fine.
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    Sweet, a USB cradle would be awesome. Would it be possible to rip apart my existing cradle (i have two) and hook up a USB cable on one side and keep the palm data transfer thing on the other? it would be super low profile and USB! That would be so kewl.

    Thanks!
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    The palm os will work great for this. When i first setup my mp3car player i used my palm IIIx. Only major problem was the auto off feture on my palm, and the fact that the IIIx would drain the battereies in the car really quick. So my question is, is there a way to make a regulated powersupply that could pigyback on the palm or just pluginto the battery socket. That way in the car we wouldn't have to worrie about battery useage, also it would need to be fairly easy to take out and put back the batteries in. That way we could take the palm out and use it daily. Only problem i see with this sofar is the facy that if you didn't put the battereies in when you turned off your care the palm would loose its memory. You could of corse dirrect wire the regulation module to the battery of the car. Any ideas on this.
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    I'm setting up PalmAmp myself. I could be wrong, but I don't think PalmAmp supports USB. If I am wrong, please let me know.

    As for batteries, if you have a Palm with rechargable batteries (V series or IIIc) and are powering your PC on an inverter, you could probably just get an extra cradle and plug it into the inverter as well. That way you would always be charged.

    I think a cable interface would be much more reliable than IR
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