12-03-2010 06:20 AM - edited 12-03-2010 06:21 AM
Knowing full well that my newly purchased Fuze was not sold to me with this in mind, I ask the following in pure speculation...
I can see these features being useful to users using other scandisk devices.
Thoughts? feedback? retorting diatribes are welcome!
12-03-2010 06:50 AM
The coolest thing for programming is Rockbox, an open-source project, that allows the programmer to have a go at optional features. The Rockbox port for the Sansa Fuze has been quite successful.
Rockbox is a separate firmware that resides alongside, but doesn't completely replace, the original firmware. The Fuze can be set up as a dual-boot device.
Check out Rockbox.org for details; the fuze is a stable port currently. For the programmer, the user guide is at least 150 pages if I recall. There is a text reader function too, as well as plenty of customizable functions. The Fuze's screen is small, so choosing a decent font is important. Using a green monochrome on black is sharp, reminds me of using CP/M and the Z-80.
12-03-2010 07:12 AM
Rockbox is just plain awesome.....really frees up the Fuze (and Clip+). I've been using it for months now, and have no plans on going back.
iPod Touch 5G 32GB, Touch 4G 32GB, Clip Sport 8GB.
Rockbox-> Clip Zip 4GB, iPod Nano 2G 4GB, iPod 5.5G 80GB
2012 Nexus 7 32GB, Asus MeMoPad 8 16+64GB, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 520
12-03-2010 08:14 AM
Several people have worked on adding text to speech synthesizers to rockbox:
Unfortunately, theres not really any good embedded programs out there, so most of them have eventually gotten stuck with either optimizations or fitting into the limited memory available on small portable devices. Of course with more work this is certainly possible to overcome.
12-03-2010 01:18 PM - edited 12-03-2010 01:20 PM
WOW! I'm overwhelmed by what rockbox has already developed and currently offers.
I see that they have another feature that I like a lot - variable speed playback without change in pitch - way cool!
Thanks again. I'll continue to keep tabs on the rockbox developments.