Posts Tagged ‘linux


PicoLCD is a family of Intelligent USB LCD displays with true HID USB interface, that you can connect to your PC with ease and use them to display any info you want on them. Current end existent products range from simple 2×20 LCDs, 4×20 as well as graphic models. The picoLCD has strong application support (SDK included) for Windows XP and Linux as well as native Vista SideShow auxiliary display driver support and SDK. But the most interesting model seems to be the PicoLCD 4×20 Auxiliary Display with Vista Sideshow support, because it is more affordable, quite useful and even very cool looking, compared to the simpler smaller screens or the graphical models. That is why we are going to look into the PicoLCD 4×20 Auxiliary Display…


You can use this cool external device to show Vista Sideshow applications (stocks, weather, music information, news and sports updates) on a 2nd dedicated LCD display that also looks very cool on your desk, especially with the blue backlight of the screen. The PicoLCD display has the ability to display 4 lines of text data with up to 20 characters on each line with gives you the ability to display quite a lot of data on the screen. The unit is self-powered via a full speed USB connection so there is no need for any external power supply. The device also has some built-in functional buttons allowing direct control on some of it’s functions, without having to touch the keyboard or the mouse on the PC. However you should have in mind that the PicoLCD 4×20 Auxiliary Display requires Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, and that the Vista Home Edition does not come with Sideshow functionality supported. You can also use the device with Linux, because it also has drivers for different Linux distributions available.

The price of the PicoLCD 4X20-Sideshow is $49.95.

To get a PicoLCD 4×20 Auxiliary Display for your PC…


Tux Droid is a wireless programmable robot specifically designed for the Linux platform, it provides the Linux user with a new way to access the digital world without sitting in front of his computer. Looking as a cute penguin resembling the Linux mascot, Tux Droid reacts to PC events and talks in more than 10 different languages. Based on the widgets principle, Tux Gadgets are mini-applications that reside on users desktops and delivers a variety of personalized information such as email, weather forecast, horoscope, media player, news, games, quizz etc. through Tux Droid. The Gadgets are easily accessible with the remote control. In order to manage easily the different gadgets, Kysoh has also developed a graphical interface called Tux Gadgets Manager. These gadgets are developed in a TGF (Tux Gadget Format) format, made in the spirit of ODF file and provides a wide range of actions such as: modify and configure Gadgets without any programming skills, modify easily the graphical interface to customize it or add new gadgets (available on the community website) by a simple drag and drop.

– Dimensions: 210mm x 180mm x 140mm (with lowered wings)
– Fur material: Fogging skin
– Chipsets: Atmel AVR RISC microcontrollers (code is compiled with GCC and AVR-LIBC), 4Mbits flash memory for onboard sound
– Input: Microphone, Infrared receiver, Light sensor, Push button on top of the head, Internal switch sensors in both wings that are triggered by pushing the wings, Volume control wheel, 3.5mm mono audio socket for audio in
– Output: Infrared transmitter, One blue LED in each eye, Speaker, 3.5mm stereo audio socket for audio out
– Moving parts: Eyes: open and close, Beak: open and close, Wings: raise and lower, Rotation to the left and the right
– Wireless connection: 2.4 GHz wireless full-duplex digital link between the USB dongle and Tux Droid
– Power: NiCd 750mAh battery pack with 4 AAA elements, DC-in 7,5 V for recharging of the batteries and powering from DC

The price of the Tux Droid is about $115 or 79 Euro.

If you wish to buy this col gadget called Tux Droid…

Linux Tux Keys

16, Sep 2006


Stick one of these playful novelty computer keys featuring a Tux penguin on your computer or anywhere else you need to be reminded of your favorite operating system. Each has a double-sided tape base so it can stick to any surface. What the hell, even replace the Windows Start button on your keyboard with one of these Linux Tux buttons 😉

Sold as a set of 8 buttons for $14.99.

I order to buy a set of yellow Linux Tux keyboard buttons…