Originally posted by mdiinican
The main problem is that a lot of companies never release pinouts for their proprietary LCD screens or LCD driver microchips. It's all rather too
complicated to try and figure out by trial and error, so most LCDs are of no use to the hacking crowd.
That's a false statement. The way industry works is they look for existing products and integrate them into their design.
If I were building a picture frame for commercial use, I wouldn't design my own controller or my own display. Atmel, Motorola, TI, Intel, etc already
spend millions of man hours doing that for us. So I would just buy their hardware and program it myself - and yes, the datasheets are available, *the
firmware is probably not*.
To hack a picture frame all you need to do is either modify existing firmware, or write your own code based on the datasheet info.
Here is a bunch of examples of hacked picture frames:
Manufacturers by keeping prices high are shooting themselves in the foot with poor sales.
I will dare to say the hardware is not expensive at all, but supporting every known type of ebook and every language known to man becomes a problem
and you can't just sell a solution like that for $50 or you won't be shooting yourself in the foot, but in the head.
Maybe you don't want to read chinese ebooks, or anything other than pdf files. But the industry is not going to create their products exclusively for
you, but for everyone.
I mean $300 to $800 for a ebookreader
Try ebay. $100 to $300, even the fancy epaper ones. Still too much? Research MP5(smaller display, but higher demand = lower price). Not good enough?
Become friends with a computer engineer, hack your* picture frame.
*even if you find a tutorial on hacking a picture frame to read, say, pdf files, the steps won't help you at all unless you have the exact same
[edit on 26-9-2009 by daniel_g]