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metaform3d
05-29-2008, 12:06 AM
I've had the fortune to stumble on a bunch of Palm Vx PDAs that are being essentially thrown away. It seems to me they could make serviceable brains with a nice UI for small robots, provided it's possible to write software for them and connect to the hardware. Anyone had any luck hacking these?

Adrenalynn
05-29-2008, 01:41 AM
No hacking required, per-se. They have a serial port, as well as IRDA. The PALM development SDKs were freely available back in my day (a few years ago at least). I have a couple V's and at least one Vx here, as well as a bunch of older stuff. I've written video players for them, even... They run the Dragonball (Motorola 68k-derived) core, and are basically a glorified old-school (68010) Macintosh.

Adrenalynn
06-22-2008, 11:43 AM
What ever became of this, Meta?

Tracking down the PALMOS SDK's is a Pita now. http://www.accessdevnet.com/index.php/Core-Garnet-OS-SDK/View-category.html

metaform3d
06-22-2008, 01:33 PM
It's on the back burner. I examined the box more closely and it appears there were more base stations than PDAs, so I only have 3 Vx's and I think one is spoken for. Not quite the fleet of mini robots I was imagining.

Your link is to Garnet OS. Is that what Palm OS is built on? Would that give me access to the Palm UI?

LinuxGuy
06-22-2008, 02:46 PM
Your link is to Garnet OS. Is that what Palm OS is built on? Would that give me access to the Palm UI?
Garnet is the "new" Palm OS, built on top of Linux. It's also used in the new Palm Centro cell phone, and others. This is also Palm's (http://www.palm.com) answer to Android (http://code.google.com/android/) and others.

8-Dale

Wingzero01w
06-22-2008, 03:20 PM
Im gonna have to say im more interested in Android... its free and fully open source and can be applied to any phone.

Adrenalynn
06-22-2008, 04:58 PM
The sdk can target older devices. I checked before noting it. I was able to target a III and a Vx

metaform3d
06-22-2008, 10:53 PM
Garnet is the "new" Palm OS, built on top of Linux.OK, thanks. I didn't know that.