Evo 4G charging on Palm Touchstone

We've been watching this discussion with interest for a little while now, and it appears that it's finally working. A gent who goes by infinitemods has hacked the back of his Evo 4G so that it charges from the Palm Touchstone puck, meaning you don't have to have anything actually plugged into the Evo. Infinitemods told Good and Evo the hack took him about a half-hour, and that it probably can be done in about 10 minutes.

The downsides to this DIY project? The magnets used to hold the Evo to the Touchstone mean the compass won't work, and the battery cover sticks up just a tad. He also tells G&E that overheating hasn't been an issue yet -- one that we'd watch closely given the occasional problem with the Palm Pre.

No tutorial just yet, but keep on the lookout, as it's a way cool weekend project. Check out video of it in action after the break. [Good and Evo via Android Central Forums]


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There are 13 comments

eljoker says:

Funny that all these developers are still working on things for the moto droid (yes im talking about you powermat) but the hacking community has not only developed a cordless charging solution but have even hacked the phone BEFORE was released.

Thats the bueaty of android, now if we can get this to work on other android phones then nothing will stop the little GREEN MAN!!!! BUAHAHAHAHAHA

kpeste99 says:

Yes but will it be available in the Android Central Store?

eljoker says:

Id pay for it!

fraz says:

Me Too. HTC should be all over this and make one specifically for the evo.

sjcea says:

The real question is what MORON would want to hack up his Evo to do this and why ?? as if plugging into the phone was so difficult ??

kpeste99 says:

sjcea never had a palmpre and the touchstone... it was so nice being able to place your pre on the puck, it automatically charges, and turns into a deskclock... it's was oh so nice...

I wouldn't hack up my evo to bits but if an elegant solution is made I'd pay!

megazac says:

This kind of moron. I have 3 touchstones (found them on sale for cheap) and used them all the time with my pre. My wife still has her pixi so they are of some use still. I even had one in my car which was extremely convenient. I would love to have that back!

thegov says:

the touchstone is incredible so anyone who says its not worth hasn't used one very much. we won't see this in stores though b/c palm has the patent on it.

joek1971 says:

I will go one step further, can someone do mod to run webOS on EVO?
That be awesome, webOS on this phone be insane.

Indyrobb says:

I'm really missing my touchstone ... It really was convenient to just sit your phone down and be done with it for the night. I will admit plugging in the EVO is a lot easier than on the pre, but the cable still tends to fall on the floor.

djkleric says:

Sounds like someone in the back is racking lines. Thats how you get ideas like this!

JohnE5#AC says:

And the kicker is these things can be picked up on ebay for like $10: http://bit.ly/ao6tVa

Will this mod mess up my maps and navigation apps since the compass no longer works? If so then that's a deal breaker.