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AirSpell, has released AirClock v2.30, the first alarm clock application for Palm Powered devices to feature remote IR control capabilities. Leveraging the built-in infrared port of Palm OS handhelds, AirClock can turn on at a specified time, any consumer electronics appliance equipped with a IR remote control.
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First Post :)

Fernando @ 12/28/2002 4:03:17 PM #
Yay, i got the first post....

Anyways, any idea of what the "Boost Infrared" feature actually does, and how it achieves it? How much does it improve the range by?

RE: First Post :)
Davy Fields @ 12/28/2002 7:07:50 PM #
Yikes.... that sounds kinda weird. Who knows, there could be some theoretical higher distance, but who knows.

-Davy Fields
RE: First Post :)
Davy Fields @ 12/28/2002 7:07:50 PM #
Maybe it's nuts, but when comparing the traditional use of the IR ports (hundreds of kb's of data), which is relativly more complicated that just the single bit of code that's involved in the remote..... I don't know if that translates to greater distances due to clarity, mah.

-Davy Fields
RE: First Post :)
Bartman007 @ 12/29/2002 10:47:29 AM #
> The infrared range has been improved, thanks to the new "Boost Infrared" option. AirClock also takes advantage of the high-power infrared present on some Sony Cliés models and supports Tech Center Labs' IR-Blaster

It will only 'Boost' the infrared if you are using a Clie that has a built-in high powered infrared (T, NX, NR and maybe SJ series) or if you have a specific add-on that boosts infrared.

I hope this helps somewhat. All the program does to 'boost' the infrared is interphase (sp?) with the hardware.


RE: First Post :)
Davy Fields @ 12/29/2002 2:47:14 PM #
" The infrared range has been improved, thanks to the new "Boost Infrared" option. AirClock also takes advantage of the high-power infrared present on some Sony Cliés models and supports Tech Center Labs' IR-Blaster"

No.... it's not saying the IR boost is for Clie's. the Clie support is an "also" item.... IR boost is something else.

-Davy Fields

RE: First Post :)
kempokaraterulz @ 12/29/2002 8:39:49 PM #
oooo i always wanted something like this, to trun my surround sound on as a wakeup call ;)


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RE: First Post :)
Altema @ 12/30/2002 10:23:42 AM #
The IR transmitter can be overdriven on most Palm models. The Sony has a separate IR transmit circuit which is different from the one usually used for typical beams. MD Titler from Ellams Software is another app which boosts the IR transmitter... on my old IIIc, the screen would dim slightly as each code was sent. No such side effect on any of the M5xx series, but it never caused any problems on the IIIc.

MD Titler also has a timer function which lets you program a MiniDisc recording start time and date, but I have yet to use that feature. I usually just use it to label my recordings: Pop a CD into your computer and it'll grab all the track info from the web and send it to your Palm. With over 500 MiniDiscs, I probably saved about a year of my life with this app!

OmniRemote Pro has a timer function which lets you set timed single events, multiple events, repeat events, or repeating intervals of any codes or macro codes. This means that you can have it turn on your amp, turn on your CD player, pick a track to play for your wake up, and set the air conditioner. No IR boost, but I can usually control most of my stuff from across the room.

Boost IR clarification
airspell @ 12/31/2002 10:18:54 PM #
As a matter of clarification, the "Boost IR" option applies a Digital Signal Processing algorithm to the infrared signal. This transformation can increase the IR range by a factor of up to 100%.

This is not related to the Sony high-power IR: actually selecting this option can increase the range of those devices too (by up to 10%.)

Philippe Piernot
CEO - AirSpell, LLC

Yeah but...

mashby @ 12/30/2002 2:39:14 PM #
This is cool and all, but it won't make a dent in the "VCR Co-Pilot" market ;)

Is it just me, or do you find this co-pilot thing funny too?

Michael T. Ashby

RE: Yeah but...
IanJD @ 12/30/2002 8:42:56 PM #
It looks as if it should be a spaceship remote control from a cheesy 70s SF movie.



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