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Great idea! I'm assuming the device will work with a PC on the house network
to store and retrieve recipes, shopping lists, and for the games as the 262
bytes of ram in the SX52 are no where near enough to keep anything and the
EEPROM is limited life (you can only write to it so many times). Or will you
add some external RAM to the device?

It seems like making it work as a sort of smart terminal / minimal web
browser would be best so that the intelligence / applications can be a
service of a remote server. The commercial opportunity is to sell the unit
at cost (or less) since it will be very inexpensive and then make your money
off the service. This also allows you to offer constant upgrades, recipe of
the month, dietary planning, chat services and <GRIN> new games.

As for the touch screen, how about just using large "button" areas on the
display and a ring of LED's and photocells around the display frame. When
the beam from the LED is interrupted, you know the fingers position, then
you just have to figure out if it is actually being pressed against the
display. Perhaps a microphone attached to the display could "hear" the tap
of the finger against the glass. Just ideas.

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James Newton
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