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    I'm looking for a cheap and simple way to control my future Carputer
    and I thought a graphing calculator would work. I did some searching
    and found 2 programs for controlling WinAmp using a calculator.
    I thought I had an original idea for a change

    A touchscreen is out of my budget right now but I already have a calc.
    A graphing calculator has a nice little LCD screen and lots of buttons for
    controlling things. This wouldn't work for DVD's but would be perfect for
    playing MP3's.

    Has anyone tried this?

  • #2
    That is weird, but isn't the calculator CPU too slow to process MP3s?
    Carputer currently 'ghettoed' into car!!!

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    Ampie Case with rigged extra USB
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    • #3
      Even cooler:
      Chrysler 300 - Fabricating
      http://hallert.net/

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      • #4
        Lol very funny

        It is possible to do it you could just change the code for the winamp controller to control the carPC

        Off the top of my head i could be lazy and use the calc to send dde commands to mirc then set up a trigger to run whatever i want.

        Id do it in VB but if i needed to do it quick i could just use mirc lol

        but i like that idea u can rub the words off the case for the buttons then apply tattoo paper onto the buttons

        It smaller than a keypad and it gives u more buttons and a lcd its a nice idea but u need to make the code for it
        CarPC Status:
        GPS: 99%
        Hardware: 99%
        Software: 92%
        Case Install: 99.9%
        Dash Install: 100%
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        • #5
          Originally posted by choyak
          That is weird, but isn't the calculator CPU too slow to process MP3s?

          umm.... he means to use a calculator as an input device... i.e. a keyboard....
          anyways, my suggestion is that you use something like this... numeric keypad

          or.. if it were me.. i'd go with something like this.. Nostromo Speedpad n52

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          • #6
            I'm serious, I've been thinking of fiberglassing a Speak & Spell into a car for weeks now. Display scrolling track names on the display, find a speech voice for windows that sounds like the Speak & Spell for navigation prompts, etc, that'd be suh-weet.
            Chrysler 300 - Fabricating
            http://hallert.net/

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            • #7
              Chairboy that be cool if u used the LCd to display the mp3 asongs be alot of work making that hook up tho.

              I still dont like the keypads as they are limited in button numbers for a Carpc as trying to use a keyboard isnt the best way.

              i like the idea of using a calculator or 1 of them things chairboy showed us im sure someone has interfaced the screen from that kids toy to the pc they must be a hack somewere
              CarPC Status:
              GPS: 99%
              Hardware: 99%
              Software: 92%
              Case Install: 99.9%
              Dash Install: 100%
              Car Install: 72%

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chairboy
                I'm serious, I've been thinking of fiberglassing a Speak & Spell into a car for weeks now. Display scrolling track names on the display, find a speech voice for windows that sounds like the Speak & Spell for navigation prompts, etc, that'd be suh-weet.
                How do you do that? Did you slap some other serial LCD controller on there, and solder up the buttons to an input controller?

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                • #9
                  I'd probably want to re-use the display that comes in it, I imagine I'd have to find a controller or wiring diagram, and for the buttons, I'd probably use a keyboard encoder so pressing them emulates a keyboard press.
                  Chrysler 300 - Fabricating
                  http://hallert.net/

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