TV-Out on the DroidSupport


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  1. Apeman

    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi

    I am about to purchase the Motorola Droid today, and one of my big questions is about TV-Out. Some of Samsung's phones (Omnia) have TV out via the 3.5mm jack, and I wanted to know if the Droid can do it as well. I modified a Myvu Crystal display and made it monocular, wanting to make a Wearable Computer.

    If its not a hardware problem, is there a software issue? Does Android support TV-out out of the box? Please any assistance would be great!

    Thanks
    UPDATE: The website is here: http://www.eyepc.info! We have a forum and blog to keep you updated.

    Apeman
     

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  2. Carl C

    Carl C Well-Known Member

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    Hi Apeman and Welcome to the forums! :D

    Currently no android phone supports this Hardware wise as it has no TV-out. Software wise shouldn't really be a problem , with Android being open source and all I'm sure a smart dev could write an app supporting TV-out. So to answer your question.... Yes it's possible for Android but it's hardware dependant {which the droid does not support}.....

    I think the Archos 5 tablet {Which runs a modified android OS} already supports TV-out {in HD!}:

    Carl C
     
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    Why would you want it on a TV screen? It wouldn't make your TV touchscreen!
     
  4. blazingwolf

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    Some people need to do presentations. TV out gives them that ability. Plus you could have a movie stored on your Droid and watch it on the TV.
     
  5. meekrab

    meekrab Well-Known Member

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    That actually seems like a really good idea. I assume whatever video signal would, by necessity, have to route through the usb port. Devs, get on it (please).
     
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    To get one over on the iphone :D
     
  7. Apeman

    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi, and thanks for the responses!

    As I stated in my original post, I am not connecting this to a TV, but to another 3.5mm jack on the Myvu's controller

    The http://www.myvu.com is a mobile headset, which was originaly ment for media veiwing from an Ipod. I have hacked it, and made it into a monocular display so I can still view the outside world, while interacting with the device.

    Here is a picture of me with it.
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    I have a "pocket" inside my shirt, which is holding the electronics, while the screen displays a virtual ~15" display.

    If you can see in this image
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    The thing inbetween the Ipod and the glasses, has the connector that goes to the glasses and the cord that goes to the Ipod. Going to the glasses is a properitery device, while the connector between the controller and the droid is a standard 3.5mm plug on each end.
    Here is a really bad picture I made
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    Sorry for all the pictures and the long post, but I just wanted to get my point across.

    So can I use this with the Droid, or can you recommend any other Android devices? I really like Android compaired to other mobile OS's
     
  8. Apeman

    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Bump...... so does anyone know anything about this? I did get the double male 3.5mm plug..... and the audio works but currently no video..... does anyone know any apps I can try out that support video out on other devices? I think this is a software issue and not hardware
     
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    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Bumpy bump bump...... anyone interested?

    Current status:
    Searched threw a couple hundred video apps, trying to find one that specifically says it supports video out...... nothing yet :(

    I still think this is software, and no one has put the possible android video out support to use.
     
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    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Another bump...... anyone know anything? Still experimenting and have the Android SDK so if anyone can give me some pointers if I can do anything using that.
     
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    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Sorry to bump again..... just hoping for someone to see this.....

    Also, update: It dosn't look like Android has native support for TV out. So if any developers out there can do something.... please!
     
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    Don't see it happening. No way ur gonna push that much bandwidth through USB port and no one is going to create media for it because of the lack of DRM.

    Don't expect developers to break their brains working on this so people can play pirated movies on their phone.

    Maybe 2011 version.
     
  13. Apeman

    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Uhm.....

    1.This isnt using the USB port, its using the 3.5mm jack.
    2.How would DRM matter?
    3.I know I wouldn't be using it for it, and I don't think others will be using it to watch pirated anything.

    This is both the geekyness factor and the usability. If you have all the information you need displayed right on your eye (GPS directions, calling, web) would make life much easier. I have been using it with my Ipod and its been pretty cool and I got 2 chicks #'s because of it. I think Android and the Droid is awesome, so are you saying: Droid dont want iDoes?
     
  14. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

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    The iPhone/iPod outputs video and audio to the 30 pin connector, the DROID only outputs audio to the 3.5 jack. You won't be able to get any video output this way, perhaps with the micro USB port you could. Still you will most likely need some special software and with this being such a hackjob (although very creative) I highly doubt any developer will bother with it. You would most likely have better success learning to write a Android app yourself.
     
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    The point about DRM is money. Without DRM why would any developers want to add video out? I mean maybe that jack does have 3 connectors on it but I haven't seen that documented but it nearly takes a rocket scientist to just copy vids over to begin with.

    So, if the jack doesn't support it that leaves USB or God forbid BlueTooth and that just isn't going to work either.

    And I apologize about the pirated movie comment. I forgot it could be used for porn too :D
     
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    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

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    That is the best line in this entire forum.
     
  17. Apeman

    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I still don't see your point..... but whatever. I just took a video of the device (From my droid) and I am uploading it to Youtube now.

    Please explain what you mean by DRM and all of this, because that is not the point of this. My original plan was to use my device with the BeagleBoard, but I instead decided to purchase the Droid. Hey, maybe after the holidays I will get the money to buy the BeagleBoard, but until then I want to see if this will work on the Droid because I see great potential.

    Also take a look at Sixth Sense by MIT Media Lab
    s i x t h s e n s e - a wearable gestural interface (MIT Media Lab)
    Click on "videos" on the side and look at the one that is Youtube embedded.
     
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    e39e60 Well-Known Member

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    I understand the need to do nerdy things. But, open source or not, stuff doesn't develop itself for free. At some point capitalism has to step in.

    Let's face it, multimedia controls suck on this device out of the box and it won't play a lot of formats.

    DRM comes in because Apple wants you to use iTunes to buy videos, and Zune wants you to do the same. Sure they both have cool ways to do stuff for free too but you are using their OS and therefore area already their customer.

    DRM means sales of protective content. Android is an orphan unless/until Google gets into the DRM game with their own store or connection to someone elses like Amazon.

    But no offense, we better have Audible support before we get video out on a future device.
     
  19. drew3739

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    Did you seriously just say that?:confused:
     
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    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

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    I know all about the sixth sense, my cousin goes to MIT and was telling me about it, pretty amazing stuff. But that has nothing to do with the fact that the DROID's 3.5 jack is designed for audio and I am pretty sure they didn't put any extra connectors to it for video output. The micro USB might have some hope but you still need to design the software because no developer would do it seeing as how you can't just buy a MyVu that is compatible with the DROID.
     
  21. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

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    My question would be what kinda "chicks"? Haha no hard feelings towards the OP though.
     
  22. Apeman

    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Who ever said this was just for video and music? I personally want to be able to browse the web with this. The Myvu simulates a larger screen than the phone, and would give you the same flexibility. If you looked at the Sixth Sense video, you can see how this can be used in the real world..... and by that I don't mean watching pirated movies or porn.

    Well heres the video, sorry for the bad quality and my suckish voice.
    YouTube - Head Mounted Display system
    Also, when I said chicks I meant I got two girls phone numbers..... Im 14.......
     
  23. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

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    This is all great but the thing with the DROID that I keep trying to tell you is it doesn't output video, or screen emulation, through the 3.5. Maybe the micro USB but that is anyone's guess right now.
     
  24. drew3739

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    lol....yes. I think we got that part! The funny lay elsewhere!
     
  25. Apeman

    Apeman Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok I understand about the 3.5, I already took the video and im not taking another one. I am going to investigate more into the micro USB..... you think something like this will work? Olympus CB-AVC5 CB-AVC5 AV cable - USB micro Male to 2 x RCA Male

    I am going to start working with the Android SDK.... doing the tutorials now.
     

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