[CentOS] Appliance platform

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Sun Nov 9 23:07:24 UTC 2008

Ted Miller wrote:
> Les Mikesell wrote:
>> Ted Miller wrote:
>>> Application (in case anyone cares): Move better-than-FM quality audio 
>>> across a leased audio circuit with delay under 10 seconds.  No 
>>> Internet exposure.  Obviously one box is required at each end, and 
>>> the encoding box works much harder than the decoding box.  Software 
>>> to run will probably be Ices -> Icecast -> network -> mplayer.  Will 
>>> be using USB audio interfaces, probably something like the M-Audio 
>>> Fast Track Pro.  Because of the nature of the application, once it is 
>>> booted up the only disk activity is occasional logging when there is 
>>> a problem with the connection.
>>> Any advice, web links, battle scars, or advice gladly accepted.
>> Not quite a match, but maybe worth investigating the hackability: the 
>> $99 Roku box sold initially to stream Netflix but supposed to be 
>> getting other capabilities.  Or for just audio, their soundbridge 
>> products that are more expensive but some include speakers.  
>> Development specs are available for the soundbridge along with source 
>> for gpl'd code included with the netflix box.  Not sure about 
>> development on the netflix box, though.  Might be worth $99 just to 
>> take it apart and see what's in there.
> This would be more interesting for the playback end (no audio input 
> capability is visible) if this were a one-time project, but we will 
> probably have to supply more pairs in the future, so a more stable 
> platform is more interesting.  Price is certainly right, but unlikely to 
> hold, as they are charging $200 for their SoundBridge.

The netflix box is new hardware - and there doesn't seem to be much 
reason for promotional pricing.  They claim that they will release an 
SDK soon for anyone who wants to generate their own channel (but not 
opensource the box itself).  But as long as you can send some 
standard-protocol stream, why worry about matching the hardware?  A sip 
speakerphone might even work as an endpoint.

Here's an interview with the roku CEO:

The chumby is probably more hackable, but it already plays network streams.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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