Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1.    #1  
    So how do we solve the problem of using the Treo keyboard in the dark?
    Maybe glue a nice little led to the top left corner of the keyboard, and have the thin wires leading to the sim cabin, where a coin battery may lay?
    Any suggestions?

    Niv
  2. #2  
    carry a flashlight?
    The light at the end of your tunnel has been disconnected due to non-payment. Please remit funds immediately for restoration of hope.
  3. #3  
    Originally posted by Yorick
    carry a flashlight?
    Nah, too easy
    Blue Visor Deluxe ~ Clie T615 ~ Zire 71 ~ Treo 650 ~ Palm Centro
  4. #4  
    I have a mini maglite on its keyring strap slides in and out of the pocket in the hs case and works well in the dark......till some one makes a "gameboy style" snake light hint hint....
  5. #5  
    If this is a high priority, throw caution to the wind, money doesn't matter kind of thing, here's what you do:

    1) disassemble the Treo and remove the keyboard platic thingy (probably all one piece connected by thin plastic).

    2) ship it or take it to a product bootlegging factory, or any place that can take a mold of an object and create exact duplicates

    3) have them manufacture translucent versions of the keys, in your favorite color, maybe clear, who cares.

    4) carefully paint on all the appropriate symbols. If it's a really good bootlegging joint, they might be able to set up the silkscreening to have the symbols printed onto the plastic for you.

    5) etch out a hole in the side of the Treo and place a very small switch behind it wherever one will fit. Something the size of the ringer switch would do the trick.

    6) wire that switch between the battery, an appropriately sized diode/whatever, and a couple three LEDs in the color of your chooseing, maybe clear, who cares.

    7) put a pice of foil behind the LEDs and the keyboard area so that as much of their light as possible is reflected up through the (now clear) plastic keys.

    8) put it all together, flip the switch, and marvel at the brightly glowing keyboard as your battery slowly drops to 4% in front of your eyes. :P


    OR>>>>>

    Use your brain to figure out which button your finger is on based on feel.

    OR>>

    If you don't mind a little scratching, put a few reference markes on the keys with an exacto knife, like a deep scratch in the middle of the F and J keys. That way you always know where your thumb are. If you're really creative, maybe you can figure out a way to put a raised line or dot on those buttons to make it easier to feel.

    or, buy the 270 when it comes out, if it has lighted keys.
    Seattle Palm Users Group!
    http://www.seapug.com/
  6. #6  
    Originally posted by GregGaub


    or, buy the 270 when it comes out, if it has lighted keys.

    You are very good at keeping secrets Greg

    I wonder how much the 270 is going to cost now that the 180 is $600.
  7. #7  
    Originally posted by yardie
    You are very good at keeping secrets Greg
    Problem is that Greg spread so many rumours that I lost which one(s) are true and which ones are just a smokescreen...

    Originally posted by yardie
    I wonder how much the 270 is going to cost now that the 180 is $600.
    I wonder too...
    <IMG WIDTH="200" HEIGHT="50" SRC=http://www.visorcentral.com/images/visorcentral.gif> (ex)VisorCentral Discussion Moderator
    Do files get embarrassed when they get unzipped?
  8. #8  
    Use the Screen keyboard with the backlight.


    Rod
    "Happy are they whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned"

    Romans 4:7
  9.    #9  
    It does seem like the only way to solve this is by opening the Treo. I can't think of a way of adding a led that lasts.

    Niv
  10. #10  
    I found the ideal solution:

    http://www.kensington.com/products/pro_cas_d1334.html

    I still have to work out how to make the mechanical and the electrical interface to the Treo but I am sure that there will be a simple solution
  11. #11  
    Originally posted by ToolkiT

    Problem is that Greg spread so many rumours that I lost which one(s) are true and which ones are just a smokescreen...

    Well he said that he could neither confirm or deny that the Treo 270 will have a lighted keyboard in his "I Seen It" post...everything else he said flat out that it wont be on the device.
  12. #12  
    hehe, now now, I haven't been spreading rumors so much as tossing some more chum into the feeding frenzy. ;-)
    As for what will and will not be on the 270, I honestly don't know. What I saw was a pre-production model, which may or may not have all the features of the final device. It's also possible that some of the fetures I saw will be changed or removed. This is the case for all upcoming devices. I sure HOPE the 270 has lighted keys, though. It's obviously much needed in the 180.

    Veloslave is right, of course. The on screen keyboard can still be used.
    Seattle Palm Users Group!
    http://www.seapug.com/
  13. #13  
    Sorry my previous msg went wrong place...(
  14. #14  
    Originally posted by zsozso
    Sorry my previous msg went wrong place...(
    No problem, I deleted it for you
    <IMG WIDTH="200" HEIGHT="50" SRC=http://www.visorcentral.com/images/visorcentral.gif> (ex)VisorCentral Discussion Moderator
    Do files get embarrassed when they get unzipped?
  15. wjs
    wjs is offline
    wjs's Avatar
    Posts
    13 Posts
    #15  
    Get the graffiti model. I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but for anyone who is on the fence as to which model to buy, this issue is one reason to go for the 180g. There is no problem making calls or using the PDA in a dark environment using graffiti.
    Bill Spencer
  16. #16  
    yeah, but even a graffiti expert can have trouble in the dark without a backlit graffiti area. That's one big reason soft/virtual graffiti areas are so cool, and why the m505 was praised for having lights behind the graffiti area. The m515 does not have them (those lights are now used on the screen to make it brighter), so the only device with backlit graffiti these days is one with software graffiti area (Handera, and now the new Sony's).
    There's a hack called "Graffiti Here" hack, or something, but it was unstable on my Vx. All it did, though, was put tick marks at the bottom of the screen to show where the borders of the graffiti area are.
    Seattle Palm Users Group!
    http://www.seapug.com/
  17. #17  
    Hi Guys, I use an app called JOT. If in the dark I write on the screen. So I have best of both world - Cheers!
    Hussin
    Malaysia PalmOS User Group
    http://mypug.org

Posting Permissions