With built-in iTunes software, surround-sound quality speakers and the ability to hold up to 100 or even 500 songs, the ROKR provides a unique cell phone experience. Besides its audio capability, the unit has a display that can show full-screen movies and videos, as well as an integrated VGA camera for taking pictures. The unit has an illuminated keyboard, white-light backlighting for the LCD screen and a white LED Flash lamp for the camera. In addition to synchronized rhythm lights that provide a visual accompaniment to the music, the light pattern can be customized for incoming calls. The LEDs require a higher voltage than the 3.7V Li-ion battery, so analog technology provides the dc-dc boost voltage.
The fun factor continues to draw developers to Linux. This open-source system continues to succeed in the market and in the hearts and minds of developers. Design News will delve into this territory with next week's Continuing Education Class titled, “Introduction to Linux Device Drivers.”
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