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Infrared SD card

by igorberger / October 14, 2007 8:27 PM PDT

Hi guys I just bought Toshiba Portege Laptop which is great but it does not have ifrared built it.

So I am using an external USB infrared dangle device but I have this cable sticking out and I am trying to have less cables not more.

Most Laptops have Infrared built in so it is can of hard to find an external Infrared device.

The toshiba laptop has built in Bluetooth but my Japanese phone only has Infrared and no Bluetooth.

Does anyone know of Infrared SD card?
Please state the maker, product number, and Website url if you have it!

Thank you

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Sorry, no but here's a smaller IRDA unit.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 12:26 AM PDT
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It is small but not SD IRDA
by igorberger / October 15, 2007 12:51 AM PDT

I have a Bafo which is kind of big, but by looking at your sample I realized I can pull out the USB extension wire and stick the adopter straight in USB port, but it protrudes a bit.

So an SD IRDA would be better!
Also I hate taking things out of my laptop and putting them in the bag and later taking them out and pluging them in again.

So would like to have it built in...

And maybe you are right now a days not every laptop has an IRDA built in, which is inconvinient.

I wonder why? Could it be becaause of securety reasons? That you can just align the ports, send and receive information with just accept one click!

But the OEM's should leave it up to the users to decide to enable or to disable the hardware....

Unless there is some other reason why they do not build it in the notebooks by default.

Anyway the product that you should me is really cheap. 4 usd compared to 40 usd that I payed for my 6 years ago.

I am in Osaka, Japan and will go to Niponbashi and take a look if there is a SD IRDA.


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Just the google.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2007 4:19 AM PDT finds such things but I offered something tangible so you might improve your setup for not much.

I've heard some laptops don't support SDIO so said SD card might be non-functional even if you found it. Move slowly and research it well.

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SD IRDA accessory
by igorberger / October 15, 2007 4:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Just the google.

Thank you, Bob.

I tried Googling but I kept getting PDA results.

Maybe I need to go to all these sites and check their accessories category.

"SD To IrDA Infrared Adaptor"

I tried that and got not founf!

Time to manufacture it. Happy

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IRDA becoming obsolete
by igorberger / October 17, 2007 3:06 AM PDT
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I went to Nihonbashi, in Osaka Japan today, which is elictronics, hardware, and software selling area in Osaka, and I was told by may shops that IRDA accessories are not for sale any more because it is absolete.

The OEM's have stoped manufacturing them because of security consern of open conectivety with no password. So they will be using Bluetooth for short connection data transfers.

But most of the mobile phones sold in Japan are still IRDA. The mobile phone people told me that by the end of the year there will be some phones with Bluetooth.

This is really strange because outside of Japan most phones that are sold are with bluetooth....

Japanese are confused once again...maybe sony will invent an original short term wireless conectivity protocol..smoke signals. Happy

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