I've read how certain of the high-end models of detectors can be "software upgraded" (which I assume means reprogramming an EPROM) but no one has ever explained how this is done.
As en engineer and programmer I am comfortable doing things like this, and I am wondering if it is as simple as downloading a firmware patch from the BEL/Escort/Valentine website and burning it on an EPROM and popping it in the unit? It really could and should be that simple. In fact, I would like to see detectors with firewire or USB ports so that you can plug them in your computer and upload the firmware, much like flashing your computer BIOS to a later version.
ALSO, I would like to see detectors start to maintain a history of alerts with date/time stamps, and be able to download that to my computer so I can produce reports relating to where the traps are and where the false alerts occur. And, if there was a standard format then all owners could upload their reports to a central website that would be much more accurate and timely for radar speed traps!
THESE are the types of ideas that the radar detector manufacturers need to hear, and they need to start implementing them in order to jump-start the aging detector genre of consumer electronics. Everything is now computer-based....my radar detector ought to be as well.