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    Is there any technical reason the following accessories can't be made to attach at the base of the Treo to the sync connector? Are any of these available or in production? I could use in order of preference: Voice recorder, large keyboard, solar charger, Palmpix-style camera.
    Treo user, 67+
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    Originally posted by sjohnson
    Is there any technical reason the following accessories can't be made to attach at the base of the Treo to the sync connector? Are any of these available or in production? I could use in order of preference: Voice recorder, large keyboard, solar charger, Palmpix-style camera.
    educated guess:
    -Voice recorder, data througput speed might be too low...
    -large keyboard, should be possible...this has been done on other PDA's before..
    -solar charger, shoule be posible, if it can charge though that plug normally it should be possible to hook it up to a solar panel too..
    -Palmpix-style camera, should be possible...this has been done on other PDA's before..
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    Unfortunately, PalmPix has gone down under (have you seen it yet, Toolkit? ), and eyemodule has only developed springboards, so this would be a change for them...most likely, won't happen.

    I can expect to see a Stowaway, but not for 1 1/2-2 years
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    Originally posted by terrysalmi
    Unfortunately, PalmPix has gone down under (have you seen it yet, Toolkit? ), and eyemodule has only developed springboards, so this would be a change for them...most likely, won't happen.
    Haven't seen them out here, they must have gone to Melbourne then

    But sjohnson was asking if it is technically possible... and that it is.. will it happen? probably not unless sjohnson starts to build them
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    What I would really like to see is someone develop a battery pack that would connect via the hot sync connector and "piggy back" onto the Treo.
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    Originally posted by sjohnson
    Is there any technical reason the following accessories can't be made to attach at the base of the Treo to the sync connector? Are any of these available or in production? I could use in order of preference: Voice recorder, large keyboard, solar charger, Palmpix-style camera.
    The only thing I want for my Treo is a Springboard adaptor with a second battery built in so I can use the 16MB Springboard Backup Module to back up my Treo on the road and so I won't have to lug around my Visor Prism to use my Hagiwara 16MB Flash Module and Eyemodule2 camera!
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    Originally posted by sjohnson
    [...] Voice recorder [...]
    Can someone explain why, with a built-in microphone, you would even need to plug a voice-recorder into the Treo? Why doesn't it have a voice recording capability? This wouldn't have compromised the wonderful form-factor and would be yet another device people could stop carrying around when they buy a Treo.

    (phone, pda, voice recorder, blackberry or e-mail device, pager)
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    Hesspaul: Yes, I have had the same question. The one time I used the Treo with the headset and made a call while driving, I thought it would be great to be able to dictate a personal memo, also. I hope someone knows the answer, or approximate answer.
    Treo user, 67+
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    the approximate answer is that the processor isn't fast enough to record compressed audio, and 16 megs of RAM isn't big enough to store very much uncompressed audio, even in a low quality format, to be very useful, assuming you kept your RAM empty which is unlikely, and there's no external storage.
    I think the Handera gets by this with the fact that it records at the absolute lowest quality uncompressed audio format (8bit mono at 11khz) AND it has the two memory slots and the ability to record the audio directly to the card(s). Even if the Treo could record a voice memo, you'd quickly run out of RAM. In fact, I doubt that the microphone is connected to anything other than the cell phone radio. It's possible that it's physically impossible to record voice notes with a Treo, even ignoring the limitations above. We all know that it's possible to play uncompressed audio on a PalmOS device (see TealMovie and various other WAV form audio players for PalmOS). But recording it a whole other ball of wax.

    The workaround would be to simply leave yourself a voicemail message. Many voicemail systems have a special way to record personal memos rather than "messages" that other people leave for you. Check into your wireless account for more information about that kind of thing.
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    The Kyo 6035 does voice recording with only a 20 Mhz processor and 8 mb of RAM, so it should be possible on the Treo. But leaving out features that would quickly consume resources is consistent with Jeff Hawkins' design principles. Hopefully, Sprint's OEM version will diverge in this respect.

    16 mb on the Treo sounds like a lot of memory, starts to sound like a lot less the more email you manage and store.
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    In the visors the Mic is hooked up to the spingboard slot, not to the main board. Software can't access the mic without a springboard module.

    Theory is that the treo uses an internal springboard for the phone part. Logic would say the mic is hooked up to that internal springboard. So that could make things harder....

    Just guessing off course..
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