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« on: June 07, 2004, 02:07:50 am »
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?
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2004, 02:17:46 am »
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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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2004, 02:19:16 am »
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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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2004, 02:26:18 am »
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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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2004, 02:29:13 am »
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  I just need to paint my Zaurus completely black now
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2004, 02:44:22 am »
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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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2004, 03:34:40 am »
well?!?!?!?! Where\'s the photos, man????
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2004, 07:29:04 am »
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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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2004, 08:35:04 am »
Somewhere in Birmingham there is someone screaming \"Nooooooooo!!!\" as a Z tumbles from the wrist....
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2004, 08:53:06 am »
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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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2004, 12:46:17 pm »
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
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2004, 12:50:30 pm »
Too big for a watch

I would not go on the street with something like that ! hehe
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2004, 01:33:16 pm »
: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.

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    slowlyGatherMoney(piggybank);

Or something like that... *sigh*


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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2004, 01:36:06 pm »
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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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2004, 01:46:20 pm »
hey i like!
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