iPod peripheral: iSee360i hacking

[James] has done some work reverse engineering the protocols for the iSee360i peripheral. This iPod addon is a media player housing that features a 3.6″ screen. It can be used to play video on iPods that don’t otherwise have the capability because it just uses them as a hard drive. He picked up the device at a discount chain for $15 and wanted to load his own videos directly from Linux without using the Windows-based software that comes with it. There’s the gotcha; even if you encode a video exactly the same as the device’s example video, it will be deleted the next time you fire up the iSee.

After some trial and error [James] reverse engineered all of the quirky requirements to load video manually. There are strict, case sensitive file naming conventions, every file must have a perfectly formatted thumbnail image, and an index file entry must be made for the video. He’s done the hard work of hammering out the details, now it should be easy to write a Python script to automatically format and copy your pre-encoded videos for use.

Comments

  1. Matthew says:

    If it’s using the iPod as a mass storage device, does that mean it’s just a video player with USB host, support for mass storage devices, and an iPod dock connector? Sounds like a good deal for $15… especially with the firmware so accessible…

  2. 36chambers says:

    a $15 LCD with video in, out of the box? Small and crappy for sure (couldnt find resolution) but might make for a really cheap lo-fi SD projector with USB host, great for playing Wii or other non graphic intensive uses. Provided you can get a ffc extension for it..

  3. Can this work without the ipod?

  4. I went to TJ Maxx and they didn’t have any.

  5. Headbonk says:

    Firmware.elf???!!! What could be more tempting??? Could be a good rockbox target…

  6. Ned Scott says:

    fooquestionmark: $5.50 at amazon? holy crap!

  7. MS3FGX says:

    Can’t really think of a use for it right now…but that seems like a hell of a deal.

  8. Ordered 2 units through Techforless on eBay for about the same price with free shipping they are now sold out I believe now, but http://www.google.com/products?q=isee+360i&hl=en&scoring=p turns up a few stores selling them for under $15.

  9. Shabadage says:

    Just got mine. The bad, doesn’t seem to allow using it as a dumb screen. Was hoping to use it as a small tv on my desk. Once I get my hands on a 3rs gen iPod, I’ll know more.

  10. Ewa Bettley says:

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  11. James says:

    To answer a few questions: Yes, you have to have an ipod in it for it to work. If you have an Ipod video you can use it without the “adapter” because the dimensions are so close to other models. If you use the video mode of the isee, you can use it to watch videos like it is a tv. It might be possible to splice in an sd card, or tv input directly to the ipod doc connector. Sorry about the slow reply… been real busy. Got a Didj…

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