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    Hi everyone, my first post

    I was wondering if you guys had links to any companies that manufacture/sell "cool" buttons/switches/sliders etc. I'd like to create my own control panel for an mp3car, but all the electronics sites I see sell really ugly controls - obviously function over form. I'd like to use buttons/toggles/sliders/knobs that look slick, are made from nice material, and generally look like things you'd find on commercial face panels. Any ideas?

    Thanks

  • #2
    An idea: Find an old face panel off a car deck or something, and then solder wires to all of the switches that are built into it.
    Project AutoBoxen: Coming along, almost ready to hook up in the car.
    Celeron 500, 192mb ram, 8gb hdd, other stuff.
    '91 Mazda 626: Its free, so ill use it.

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    • #3
      I'm using an old (94) VW stock headunit faceplate. I've already mapped all the wires to the keyboard controller now all i have to do is solder about 9 wires. I should be done this weekend. Tip for anyone doing this, there is a "mode" button on mine and i mapped that key to the "ALT" key on the keyboard, that way i can have 12 playlists instead of only 6.
      GTI - Palm IIIe controlled with Radio faceplate hack for keyboard control of WinAmp w/ Vocal Genre playlist loading.
      VW Bus - 10.4" vga lcd. Loaded with same software as above.

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      • #4
        Pic of vw Faceplate and circuit board

        a pic of stock stereo faceplate
        GTI - Palm IIIe controlled with Radio faceplate hack for keyboard control of WinAmp w/ Vocal Genre playlist loading.
        VW Bus - 10.4" vga lcd. Loaded with same software as above.

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        • #5
          http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bi...125&type=store
          illuminated button


          http://www.caseetc.com/cgi-bin/caseetc/EC-399.html
          the coolest frickin switch in the world, its got one of those flip-up covers over the switch like the missle button on jets. im using it for the power switch on my carputer

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          • #6
            I was just about to ask if anyone new where to find the toggle switches with a flip-up guard... does anyone know where to find a less expensive one?

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            • #7
              what i had in mind was something like this:

              http://www.ottoeng.com/control/pushbuttonhome.htm
              http://www.ottoeng.com/control/rockerhome.htm

              but with more selection + cheaper. i'd just like to see what else is out there in terms of sleek/sexy controls.

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              • #8
                sorry i dont know where to find any cheaper ones...i got that link from the [H]ardOCP forums, of all places

                with a little creativity, im sure you could make your own

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                • #9
                  hooked up stereo faceplate

                  I finished soldering all the wires this morning and tested out the "stereo faceplate to keyboard controller". Everything works mint, now all i have to do is hook up the 2 wires for the backlight and put some hot glue around all the connections on both the circuit boards to make sure everything stays in place.
                  Sorry bout the bad quality with this cheapy cam, i took some more with my other camera but have yet to get them developed.
                  GTI - Palm IIIe controlled with Radio faceplate hack for keyboard control of WinAmp w/ Vocal Genre playlist loading.
                  VW Bus - 10.4" vga lcd. Loaded with same software as above.

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                  • #10
                    wow, I knew 'Otto' was in my backyard and made switches, but never knew they made cool switches.

                    Maybe you can find an industrial parts/hobbiest store in your area.

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                    • #11
                      Re: hooked up stereo faceplate

                      Originally posted by Loftus
                      I finished soldering all the wires this morning and tested out the "stereo faceplate to keyboard controller". Everything works mint, now all i have to do is hook up the 2 wires for the backlight and put some hot glue around all the connections on both the circuit boards to make sure everything stays in place.
                      Sorry bout the bad quality with this cheapy cam, i took some more with my other camera but have yet to get them developed.
                      That looks awsome, and has given me a few ideas for routing around the scrap yards now.
                      4x4 in a turbo stylee.

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                      • #12
                        Don't forget about old Military/surplus equipment. Sometimes one single piece of old junk equipment can have a dozen or so "interesting" or retro style switches/sliders/dials/lights on it.

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