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    Hey everyone,

    I am playing with the idea of having actual buttons to select the different apps/screens (i.e. radio, gps, mp3) to give my install a more 'factory' look.
    something along the lines of this:


    So I was wondering what would be the best way to do this with centrafuse.


    Thanks in advance,

    Scott

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    Well... you could get some phidgets and have a VB daemon running that would capture each button press... then "tell" CentraFuse to change the screen to the matching button or something. I don't know if it's possible to talk to CF like that, but the rest of it should be fairly straight-forward and relaitvely cheap to accomplish.

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    there has been a fair bit of discussion on adding buttons, interfacing with oem stereo controls etc.

    Possible solutions are direct serial interface (or using a serial button control board to add more buttons),
    Hacked game pad
    Joystick port (anologue - possible volume, high speed scanning implications)
    Also look up girder and the girder HID (human interface plugin) which can be used to get signals from joysticks, gamepads etc.

    As for direct with centrafuse maybe you can make a plugin to bypass girder.

    There is lots of info ont he forum if you do a thorough search on soem of the things i mentioned (look in input devices)

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    CENTRFAUSE supports configurable hotkey's for just about every action in the application. You would just need to make your push buttons send a key sequence and CENTRAFUSE will do the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veetid
    CENTRFAUSE supports configurable hotkey's for just about every action in the application. You would just need to make your push buttons send a key sequence and CENTRAFUSE will do the rest.

    david
    Doesn't look like a big deal then... maybe build a minimal skin with nothing on screen (well, maybe an exit button or something ) and bread-board a few of these puppies in there...

    http://phidgets.com/index.php?module...iew&CID=6&KID=

    A joystick/multi-turn and a few pressure sensors going into the USB port, then some quick VB work to read what's being pressed, and pass the commands to CentraFuse via SENDKEYS from VB, I guess... sounds so cool it makes me even wanna get involved with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viguera
    Doesn't look like a big deal then... maybe build a minimal skin with nothing on screen (well, maybe an exit button or something ) and bread-board a few of these puppies in there...

    http://phidgets.com/index.php?module...iew&CID=6&KID=

    A joystick/multi-turn and a few pressure sensors going into the USB port, then some quick VB work to read what's being pressed, and pass the commands to CentraFuse via SENDKEYS from VB, I guess... sounds so cool it makes me even wanna get involved with it.

    This is really cool, centrafuse never stops impressing me!

    If you want to get involved with this it'd be awesome! I don't know anything about code, so that would be the hitch in this for me.

    Would the easiest way be to hack a 4 or 6 button game pad and then map it to hotkeys in centrafuse via vb? (does this make sense to anyone but me :-D)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx
    This is really cool, centrafuse never stops impressing me!

    If you want to get involved with this it'd be awesome! I don't know anything about code, so that would be the hitch in this for me.

    Would the easiest way be to hack a 4 or 6 button game pad and then map it to hotkeys in centrafuse via vb? (does this make sense to anyone but me :-D)
    maybe something like this:



    or



    http://www.ultimarc.com/ipac1.html

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    This is cool, it can be wired to your keyboard input and it sounds like it can just replicate key strokes.... so this would be pretty easy to do with out any programing

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx
    This is really cool, centrafuse never stops impressing me!

    If you want to get involved with this it'd be awesome! I don't know anything about code, so that would be the hitch in this for me.
    Well to tell the truth I have NO use for this at all... my console is pretty packed with buttons and I'm going another route right now with the screen. But it should be really easy for you to pick this up... and if you want I can help you out with the VB code for the phidgets. The stuff is dirt cheap, so if you want to try and get a couple and mess with them as a test, I'll help you out with the code. If I get bored enough over the next week or so, maybe I'll do something myself and let you know what the code looks like.

    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx
    Would the easiest way be to hack a 4 or 6 button game pad and then map it to hotkeys in centrafuse via vb? (does this make sense to anyone but me :-D)
    Well hacking a joystick/gamepad is easy... and there are people that have done it already if you search around.

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    or would it be better to just hack something like this:

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