Monday, August 18, 2008

I'm super excited to begin work on this project [porting DeviceScape to the OpenMoko]

You may remember awhile back I wrote about hopefully being able to announce an interesting project I was working on. Well it took a bit longer to sort out all the details than I originally thought it would, but everything looks good to go :)

I'm super excited to begin work on porting Devicescape to the OpenMoko. Devicescape is one of the applications which I used heavily on my previous Windows-Mobile phones. It automatically sign on to Wi-Fi systems (such as FON,Starbucks, and more importantly for me Waterloo). Since I'm too cheap to have a big (or really any) data-plan this is how I plan to be getting my e-mail and pretty much everything on my OpenMoko. For now I'm going to be targeting the OM2008 image since it seems to provide the right mixture of bleeding edge while still being functional.

To the best of my knowledge this is the first (or one of the first) non-FIC commercial applications being ported/developed for the OpenMoko/FreeRunner stack.

Thinking of neat things to do with this, it looks like it might even be possible to trigger wake up from wi-fi so that the phone could wake up, log on, grab data intensive stuff (like say e-mail attachments or maps) and then go back to sleep. Although I'm not sure how much power would be drawn during this, it might be a bit too high to be feasible.

I'm still going to continue to work on my other side projects, including my spam filtering work, but there are only so many hours in the day (even with coffee) so they will probably slow down a bit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ewww, don't corrupt your open phone with non-free software!

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