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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcar
    any updates on this?
    you still plan on offering kits??
    For now, it's abandoned. Where I wanted to place it is just not practical. It'll end up hitting the stick when open so not very ergonomic.

    It did work though. If you have any questions, more than happy to try and help.

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    How about mounting a right handed frogpad in the center console of the car??
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    actually I want to mount this in the trunk under the rear shelf, to open and close a keyboard tray holding my laptop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryWoods
    How about mounting a right handed frogpad in the center console of the car??
    When you say the center console, you mean on the floor?

    If so, no room. I'm ok with the keyboard for now, just using a dreamgear. Though I have a bunch of other keyboards. (USB folding, mini traveler,etc).

    Though I'm tempted to co-op an earlier idea I had for placing my Nomad Jukebox. Putting the keyboard inside the armrest. If I could hinge it right, it would open up to the perfect ergonomic position.

    Like this, but the keyboard would be able to swivel 270 into final position.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcar
    actually I want to mount this in the trunk under the rear shelf, to open and close a keyboard tray holding my laptop.
    Have you considered hacking up a power antenna? About as cheap as your going to get for actuator, homemade or otherwise. Sounds like you should have the room too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunefx
    When you say the center console, you mean on the floor?

    If so, no room. I'm ok with the keyboard for now, just using a dreamgear. Though I have a bunch of other keyboards. (USB folding, mini traveler,etc).

    Was thinking more like embedded in the armrest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryWoods
    Was thinking more like embedded in the armrest.
    The arm rest is about the only place I could put it on the floor, the problem is it would be really awkard to mount it there. The armrest stops around the middle of my forearm.

    I could certainly use it for storage space, but I'd like at some point to figure a place for it to be mounted permantly.

    Another thought I've considered was getting one of those gamepads like a Belkin or a Wolf King Warrior FPS and mounting it on the door. That's nice in theory, but two main problems. I'm a righty and I'd have to learn to type on it.

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    Well there is that. Hey, at least you have an armrest! I drive an Element, now, no armrest, well, no big armrest. The fold down ones are a little too low to call it a "rest". I'd like to try out a frogpad, but I'm just really getting the hang of typing with two hands, I'd have to start over. Funny, I've been in the computer repair buisness for over 10 years, and never really learned to type.
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    hey

    ShogunFX, it's possible to mount a laptop keyboard (small one like Portege has) into the driver's sunvisor ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by mugurg View Post
    ShogunFX, it's possible to mount a laptop keyboard (small one like Portege has) into the driver's sunvisor ??
    Anything's possible. That one is actually probably on the easier side though. If you have lit mirrors in them, you already have a place for a cable, just run it down the pillar (I'm sure you'll need an extension though unless it's a wireless one).

    As far as fabbing, that depends. If it's slim enough, you could just mount it to the visor, if you want to make it more flush, you'll have to try and gouge out the area. On mine, (I was going to embed my Nomad Jukebox in there ages ago), it was a real ***** as it basically had plastic ribs in there.

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