iPhone working with PoGo

I’m so chuffed about this –

I bought a Polaroid PoGo inkless bluetooth mini sticker printer having been entranced by psd’s one, but knowing it didn’t work with the iPhone and that I’d have to get my laptop out to print anything. The PoGo is a lovely toy but I was getting a bit irritated by this limitation. The problem was twofold:

  •  iPhone bluetooth is crippled – you can only use bluetooth headphones, and not use it for file transfer. Annoying.
  • iPhone stores pictures as (peculiar) pngs and PoGo only accepts jpegs (which I found by trial and error – I can’t find any PoGo docs on that at all)

The first issue was easily solved – I have a jailbroken 1st gen phone and I just installed iBluetooth with Cydia, which is a app installer based on .deb packages.

The second was more tricky. I looked at ImageMagick for iphone (it’s on Cydia) but didn’t get anywhere. I think I needed to install gcc which was a step too far. Instead I put ssh on it (pretty cool in itself), found some hints on the web, and found that iPhone actually creates jpgs as well as pngs (in /private/var/mobile/media/DCIM/100APPLE – the pngs are in /private/var/mobile/media/DCIM/999APPLE). Weird! Anyway, iBluetooth allows you to browse the filesystem, and send files you find there, and that worked.

So all you really need is iBluetooth as it turns out. Hope this is useful to someone.

5 thoughts on “iPhone working with PoGo

  1. Trevor

    Ok, now maybe I’m getting somewhere! I want a PoGo printer, but I want to be able to print from my iPhone. I don’t totally understand the words written above, but there is info there… My phone in not ‘cracked’. What do I do?
    Help.
    Thanks
    Trevor

  2. libbymiller Post author

    ok two things you could do:
    * wait for the software upgrade for the iphone that it rumoured to be coming next month. That *may* allow bluetooth file transfer, which is all you need here.
    * “jailbreak” your phone (explanation of the term here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jailbreak_(iPhone) )

    If I were you (if you are unfamilar with this stuff) I’d wait a month and see if we get the bluetooth built in the next software version.

    The problem with the method I describe above is that you can’t visually see what you are sending to the printer. That may however still be an issue even if bluetooth is added because the location of the jpegs is undocumented and hidden from an image UI. But you never know.

  3. Gerd de Vries

    That where i was searching for, but, i cannot find ibluetooth on that repo. My iphone is jailbreaked, and i’ve installed mobileTerm & ssh, but cydia gives me an bzip error on ispazio’s repo. What can i do?

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