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Jason
2004-11-18, 17:02
I guess I don't quite understand, if you have a line of sight remote and you
have a squeezebox with a huge beautiful VFD display what purpose does the
remote control LCD display serve?

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Subject: [slim] Are there any plans for a standard 2-way remote

I'm in the market for a Squeezebox like unit.

The only feature I wish the Squeezebox had was a true 2 way remote
(with an on remote LCD). I realize it would up the price a bit but
in quantity, a bluetooth remote with LCD wouldn't add that much.

Perhaps it could be an option?

I don't have a PDA. I could maybe see myself buying a bluetooth Palm
but I don't have a Mac server so that rules out SailingClicker and there I
can't see myself buying a WiFi enabled handheld.

thanks

Tony

Bill Burns
2004-11-18, 17:37
Jason wrote:
> I guess I don't quite understand, if you have a line of sight remote and you
> have a squeezebox with a huge beautiful VFD display what purpose does the
> remote control LCD display serve?

In my case, I have to take my glasses *off* to see the buttons on the
remote, and put them back *on* to view the Squeezebox display across the
room :-)

A remote with a display would let me leave my glasses off while using
the Squeezebox. Of course, I would then have a tendency to bump into
the furniture.

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Bill Burns
Long Island NY USA
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Anthony James
2004-11-19, 05:38
I'm not sure i see the problem here. Creative took this option for
their squeezebox equivalent. One of the things i really like about
the Squeezebox is the display - i'm finally getting to know what
tracks are called again. Adding a display to the remote would
increase the cost and, if it was to be a one-line mirror of the unit
display still not that easy to use.

A cursory search on one UK website shows that you can put together a
WinCE PDA with a WiFi card for around 150 which will give you a full
colour web interface to your slimserver. Much better than a small
LCD on the remote. I'm sure you could put something together from
eBay for less.

Jack Coates
2004-11-20, 21:01
> Jason wrote:
>> I guess I don't quite understand, if you have a line of sight remote and
>> you
>> have a squeezebox with a huge beautiful VFD display what purpose does
>> the
>> remote control LCD display serve?
>
> In my case, I have to take my glasses *off* to see the buttons on the
> remote, and put them back *on* to view the Squeezebox display across the
> room :-)
>
> A remote with a display would let me leave my glasses off while using
> the Squeezebox. Of course, I would then have a tendency to bump into
> the furniture.
>

Sounds like the technical solution you really need is bifocals :)
--
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"Believe what you're told; there'd be chaos if everyone thought for
themselves." -- Top Dog hotdog stand, Berkeley, CA

Tony Jones
2004-11-21, 19:03
I have a big room. Line of sight for a IR remote doesn't equal line of
sight for my two eyes, no matter how large the display. I wish it did.

It would have been nice if people could have answered the question
rather than tell me they failed to see the point of the question. Everyones
circumstances are different. Oh well.

As an aside, what is Creatives "squeezebox equivalent"? I couldn't
see anything on us.creative.com

Thanks!

kdf
2004-11-21, 20:22
Quoting Tony Jones <jones_anthony (AT) yahoo (DOT) com>:

> I have a big room. Line of sight for a IR remote doesn't equal line of
> sight for my two eyes, no matter how large the display. I wish it did.
>
> It would have been nice if people could have answered the question
> rather than tell me they failed to see the point of the question. Everyones
> circumstances are different. Oh well.

possibly because its been asked before, and the answer is that there are no
plans that anyone is aware of. This could be because there are no plans, or
because of the other thing that has been said more than once, Slim Devices does
not comment on future hardware.

>
> As an aside, what is Creatives "squeezebox equivalent"? I couldn't
> see anything on us.creative.com

subtle. happy searching. Hope it works out for you.
-kdf

Anthony James
2004-11-22, 01:26
We can be kinder to him than that - this is the first thing that
google threw up:

http://www.nordichardware.com/reviews/Multimedia/2004/WirelessMusic/

As i see it the disadvantage is only the person with the remote can
see what's playing...

kdf
2004-11-22, 01:46
Quoting Anthony James <b33k34 (AT) gmail (DOT) com>:

> We can be kinder to him than that

a kindness would actually be to smack anyone who even thinks of buying hardware
from Creative Labs. Thos bastards have no problems at all selling buggy
hardware, promising 'ongoing upgrades' only to make new hardware that is no
longer compatible with their 'ongoing' firmware upgrades.
-kdf

Anthony James
2004-11-22, 06:39
That's true and the reason i've recommended people not to touch that
piece of kit even with someone else's bargepole. However, buyer
beware and all that.

Tony Jones
2004-11-22, 10:09
Thanks, doesn't look that interesting.

kdf, untangled those knickers yet ;-)

> http://www.nordichardware.com/reviews/Multimedia/2004/WirelessMusic/