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> Zaurus as a... watch??
Foxdie
post Jun 6 2004, 10:07 PM
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Well this is probably going to attract the trolls, but I have an idea I want to try, I'm going to turn my Z into a wrist-top computer.

At the weekend I invested in 2 velcro watch straps and I plan to glue them to the large battery cover of my 760, as well as take pictures. IF things go wrong or I'm not satisfied I'll just buy myself a new battery cover from shirtpocket.

Hmm I wonder if this'll be the start of a new trend? wink.gif
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post Jun 6 2004, 10:17 PM
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mmh, sounds interesting you crazy man, I like the idea, you're gonna have to post some pics. :-)
Wouldn't some kind of velcro band be better, looped through the battery cover? It may be stronger. I can imagine the glue giving out suddenly and the beloved Z tumbling to it's doom.

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post Jun 6 2004, 10:19 PM
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Well I thought about using a dremel to cut 2 slits for each strap but there's only room to cut one like that, so I may cut one set of slits for the first strap and for the second I would glue it down, drill a series of holes through, and then sew it down with a needle and thread for a better hold.
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dz
post Jun 6 2004, 10:26 PM
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You know.. I watched Resident Evil today while I was doin some work and I saw the little wrist-top computers they had and I instantly thought of the Zaurus and how the clamshell would be perfect for that.

Weird you just thought of the same thing.. unless you've been stalking me! :evil:
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post Jun 6 2004, 10:29 PM
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You hit the nail on the head there dz, I love the RE film, and I'm eagerly awaiting the second in Q3/4 2004 smile.gif I just need to paint my Zaurus completely black now wink.gif
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dz
post Jun 6 2004, 10:44 PM
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haha

now i really gotta get the clamshell.. i love my 5600, but the more i think about it the more i like the clamshell design
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post Jun 6 2004, 11:34 PM
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well?!?!?!?! Where's the photos, man????
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post Jun 7 2004, 03:29 AM
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Do you think the battery cover has enough "stick" to hold the computer on your wrist?

I mean what if the battery cover unsnapped and the battery cover and straps were still on your wrist and the Z was on the floor? I've tested a 20ft drop with the stylus...no joy. I've never tested it with my Z thank God.
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post Jun 7 2004, 04:35 AM
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Somewhere in Birmingham there is someone screaming "Nooooooooo!!!" as a Z tumbles from the wrist....
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post Jun 7 2004, 04:53 AM
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How about modifying a leather case? Okay, your wrist/forearm will sweat a little bit, but they are normally securely fitted to the unit.
Remove the belt loop, either cut holes in for the straps or sew them on.
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post Jun 7 2004, 08:46 AM
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First stage is complete, but because I have fat arms, the velcro strap further up my arm doesn't fit that well... I improvised by using a small piece of 2 loop (soft) velcro squares stuck to each other to bridge the 2 hook (rough) straps together. It works pretty well and feels safe for light usage. No doubt without drilling a hole and sewing it in it'll break.

You can find the first photos in http://foxdie.timduru.org/zaurus/WristtopZ/

I have faith that the battery back won't break off unless very excessive force is applied, for example if pulled hard between a door.

What does everyone think? I like it smile.gif
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post Jun 7 2004, 08:50 AM
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Too big for a watch smile.gif

I would not go on the street with something like that ! hehe
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post Jun 7 2004, 09:33 AM
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:shock:

/me drools...

/me needs C model Z...

/me is having a seizure... please help /me...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

*cof* *cof* *grhghh* *humpf*

10... inhale... 9 exhale... 8 inhale... 7 exhale... 6 inhale... 5 exhale... 4 inhale... 3 exhale... 2 inhale... 1 exhale... *pffffffffffffffffffffffff* and breath slowly...

Sorry... I'm better now. tongue.gif

while( ! enoughMoney(Zaurus) )
slowlyGatherMoney(piggybank);

Or something like that... *sigh*


Nice work Foxdie! wink.gif
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post Jun 7 2004, 09:36 AM
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The geek side of me likes it, but then again the geek side of me would love to own an e-holster. You will have to let us know how functional it is. I can not see myself being able to uses it very well. But then again it might work great after you get uses to it.
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post Jun 7 2004, 09:46 AM
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hey i like!
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