posted on Jul, 11 2008 @ 05:45 AM
Even old phones are too compact to do much with. The problem is that the circuit is all surface mount and usually only has one or two chips, they put
most of the functionality in just one chip - system-on-a-chip design - so it's not like an old 8 bit computer, you can't get to anything to change
What I would love to know from other ATS members is, can you reprogram a mobile phone? Many phones are running a cut down linux system or Java based
system, or in some cases even Windows if it has PDA functionality. Think of the uses you could have for an old phone if you could hack it and make it
do something different.
Problem one is how to program the processor. Can it be done through the phone's interface or must it be done through the memory? Chances are the
processor will be an industry standard model so that development companies can use existing C/C++ software coding tools.
Problem two is what memory does the phone have. For cheapness it's likely to be ROM in which case we'd have the painful problem of replacing it with
our own ROM. But you never know, it could be flash memory, in which case we're in luck because we just flash our own code into it. This is not such a
vain hope, many devices such as motherboards are flashable now, and the desire for corporations to secretly update our devices (as shown by British
Telecom's habit of flash updating your BT ADSL router over your broadband line in the wee hours while you're asleep) means that some phones could
well have a reprogram facility over their network connection. Also there's this thing about unlocking phones from their designated network, which I
don't fully understand but must mean there's updatable memory in there other than the SIM card.
Some phones have bluetooth, IR and various ports, making them even more useful as remote controls or handheld interfaces.
Newer ones have cameras in. Could they be programmed to act as remote cameras, even with motion detection, when using a suitable radio receiver to
view the video feed? (Or just connect to your PC via a long wire.)
So much you could do with these damn devices, other than giving yourself cancer and a low sperm count! lol