Droid gets a USB hack allowing host mode on Motorola Droid!

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    Excuse my ignorance... but does this mean you could load stuff on your phone from a flash drive?
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    In theory, yes. Although the person who discovered this admits, in the Register article, that he has yet to "mount a USB key yet."
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    So, in theory, does this also mean that someone or a company could create a hardware/adapter that can be plugged into the micro USB port of the Droid to connect it on a monitor or TV to display a movie, a video that was recorded with the Droid, picture slideshows, etc.?
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    Well you probably would need something like this for that to work, although drivers might be a problem with any of these types of devices. (not sure if these would work... http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/)

    USB to DVI External Video Card, High Resolution, 1600 x 1200 - SW-USBDVI-HR, $89.95

    Basically, anything you could do on a linux PC's USB port, in theory, you would be able to do on your droid.
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    Too bad it's not Linux/Android supported, yet.
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    Don't forget that if the device has no external power supply, it will use power from the Droid's battery, making it drain pretty quickly.
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    It would be incredible if the Droid could accept USB keyboards. On a related note, is it possible to use a Bluetooth keyboard with the Droid? I wonder which would draw more of the Droid's battery: sustained Bluetooth communication, or powering a USB keyboard.
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    It's a hardware hack, not software (according to the article on engadget). This means that you'll have to open your phone up and mess with the insides to use it.
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    You don't have to open up your phone for this hack, just be willing to cut up a usb cable and a car charger.
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    How difficult would it be to make the cable if you've never soldered or worked on cables before?

    I desperately want one to transfer photos from my sd card/camera (once drivers are out), but I don't know if I can make the cable...
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    That is a non-issue if you use a powered USB Hub, for devices that don't have their own power.
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    I actually have a portable fold-up bluetooth keyboard that uses the KeyPro app and it works great with my droid!

    http://www.mymobilegear.com/AndroidKBDriver.php
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