I've cooked up something of a surprise...
Over the last couple of in been researching an idea, which ultimately turns out to work just fine...
LinuxMCE can support Mobile Internet Devices, with some work on our part. I did the first test using a SmartQ V7 MID. This will also work on the SmartQ V5 MID.
Here is a video showing the SmartQ V7, selecting a video to play from its own orbiter, and even being controlled via one of my WebDT 366 orbiters, _AND_ showing that Follow Me even works correctly!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7VZ7AjIyt0
The Architecture has proven itself robust enough, for me to create a whole new class of portable media device, and the media plugin happily sends streams to it. This was possible because the VLC that ships with the SmartQ not only can play High Definition streams, but it can be remotely controlled, and they provided a module to access filesystems exposed over NFS (and guess what we use to link our media directors to the core's filesystem?
I have checked in the first pass of a DCE plugin and player pair, that can send media streams via the media plugin, and I have verified this works by triggering video from the same orbiter, but there is still TONS of usability work to be done...
* figuring out how to sanely expose it to the UI to send media to the devices that are already playing in house (Follow Me will work for this.)
* creating the glue so that screen touches while video is playing will e it wbring up a simple transport and ability to see the orbiter display
* sending back time code to the core, so that it can be shown, and used for bookmarking and follow me and media transfer.
* volume actuation on the device
* creating an agent package that bundles up all the plumbing and sends the appropriate PnP messages to add the necessary devices to the core when first installed.
* getting and testing libdvdcss2 on the smartQ so i can test DVD playback properly.
* overall polishing and refinement...
there is ONE flaw with this particular MID that can not be fixed by me, the wifi drivers. They suck. Performance on them is absolutely terrible. I hope that SmartDevices will release better firmware soon to fix it, so that we can actually FEED high def video to the system and have it work.
Should you all wish me to continue this work, donations would be most welcome, as I am between contracts, and would like to be able to pay my bills and be able to work on these cool projects.
Hope you all enjoyed this, until next time...