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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Have you thought about the possibility of developing an app to port to the jailbroken iPhone? While I'm not positive and don't know too much about the iPhone hardware, I feel like it might be able to solve your problems...

    a) Screen rotation - launch the app and it will basically clone your "desktop" with rotated app icons. It should be able to scan to see the apps and their respective icons and create an overlay of sorts.

    b) Touch screen - Peripherals are already available to use on the iPhone. Therefore, porting drivers to the iPhone should already be possible. Most touchscreens use a simple USB cable to connect the "touch" part of the touchscreen to the computer (i.e. a simple UART connection) and the pinout of the iPhone's port is capable of serial data transfers. Thus, the application would load the driver on load and it would recognize the new touch screen.

    The only hard part would be actually configuring the driver for the iPhone. They are both 32-bit devices, so it may or may not be difficult. I'm not sure how the ARM and x86 architectures differ off the top of my head as I've only used a couple different ARM chips in my experiences...

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    I have considered developing an app for the iPhone. It is probably beyond my current capability, though. I think what I really need is a daemon that runs on the iPhone and checks a serial device for input, then maps that to a key click on the iPhone. However, it won't support multi-touch, which probably isn't a huge deal.

    I was really hoping that someone might come up with a solution for this without me trying to do it myself. I'm currently tied up with trying to cloud enable my car computing.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
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    I think what I really need is a daemon that runs on the iPhone and checks a serial device for input,
    Problem is, you're not allowed background processes on the iPhone :-/

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    Hmmm. Are you sure there's not a way around this? Certainly, the backgrounder app for jailbroken phones allows you to run background apps by circumventing the close command when you hit the home button.

    And there certainly must be some stuff running in the background down at the 'nix level. I can ssh into the phone, so isn't that a background process? Even if it isn't, there must be processes that run in the background like the ones that detect when you plug the phone in and when it is connected to a cable to output the sound over the audio port vs. the speakers.

    Maybe they've made it super difficult to install processes like that, but I know they *have* them.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Edit: sure enough, it is possible, although tricky.

    An alternate way to do this would be to somehow figure out how to send the big touchscreen info to the iPhone's screen info. I know in Unix, most of these things appear as /dev files. I wonder if the iPhone works the same way. Then, you might be able to write to that file with your big touchscreen info.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
    Want to:
    -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
    -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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    I run background processes on my jailbroken iPhone 3GS all the time. Works great with Backgrounder and Kirikae installed.

    What you CAN'T do is write kernel modules. Anything you need to do, you're going to have to do in userland. I don't know how easy it is to use accessoryd, which is the daemon that runs Dock Connector accessories, but that may be what you're looking for.

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    We are getting closer to a bluetooth touchscreen driver for the jailbroken iphone!

    A week or so ago a non apple custom bluetooth stac. Was ceated and today the first bluetooth keyboard driver using that stack has been created!

    Hopefully a bluetooth touch screen input driver will come shortly!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45793069@N04/4205205580

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    Who's working on this? Are you a part of it or did you read this somewhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctsoccer13 View Post
    Who's working on this? Are you a part of it or did you read this somewhere?
    No I'm not working on it, Matthias Ringwald is the Author as shown in my screen shot I linked to.

    http://keyboard.ringwald.ch/Welcome.html
    http://code.google.com/p/btstack/

    I downloaded the driver from Cydia and installed it. Unfortunately I don't have a bluetooth keyboard so I'm waiting to hear feedback from on a work colleague who is testing his bluetooth keyboard with the driver tonight.

    Seems legit to me, I shall keep you posted after I talk to my colleague tomorrow morning!

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