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    Quote Originally Posted by ik632 View Post
    I have a touch screen and a SpaceNavigator (using RBC9 driver). I find I use the touch screen only when I'm setting a nav location or adding songs to a play list. I use the SN for volume (rotate left right), play/pause (short press down), media/music menu (pull up), main menu (long press down), next/previous track (slide left/right), menu/list scroll up down (slide forward/back).

    The device also has rock left/right and rock forward/back but I don't use those. I had originally had it set to rock left/right to fast forward/rewind the song but never used it so I disabled it. One of the benefits of this device is that you only need to grab one knob and not worry about finding any other buttons for control.
    My control knob is similar to the spacenavigator in that it has the 8 direction joystick + rotary encoder (it also has a center push)

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    That spacenavigator is really cool looking, but wind up having same problem as I did with the powermate. No place to put it.
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    I'm pretty sure my cup holders will be replaced with the spacenav, a slot load DVD, and any miscellaneous connection plugs I decide to have. Food and drinks are a huge no go inside my car so it won't be a huge loss, I'll just have to stash my loose change somewhere else.

    Only issue is going to be testing that spot to see if it's comfortable to use while driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjb_ View Post
    I'm pretty sure my cup holders will be replaced with the spacenav, a slot load DVD, and any miscellaneous connection plugs I decide to have. Food and drinks are a huge no go inside my car so it won't be a huge loss, I'll just have to stash my loose change somewhere else.

    Only issue is going to be testing that spot to see if it's comfortable to use while driving.
    In a 350Z, the cupholders are out of reach or inside consoles.
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    The big metal base is also removable if you need to in order to mount it. Someone with an E46 BMW removed the bottom and rear mounted it to a panel and it turned out really nice. For my install I just have it on a 3" tall standoff in a cubby next to my parking brake (link in my sig).
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    I have the G4 which is almost exclusively touchscreen-based. While there are a number of annoying problems with the G4, the lack of hard controls is what I hate most about it... it is so annoying to have to do the finger swipe every time I want to change tracks; it would be much nicer to press a button. I often resort to using the wireless remote control.

    Touchscreens are nice to have as an alternative input source and for additional functions, but hard controls for basic functionality like track control and volume are vastly superior IMO.

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    I have a lot of input redundancy: Touchscreen, wireless remote(with its own mouse control) velcroed to the dash, voice commands, touchpad, and a keyboard. Most of the time I use an X10 MouseRemote for basic tasks ie: play/pause, next/prev track, and volume. The touchscreen is used more often for interacting with the GPS and browsing music. At night, I turn off my touchscreen off and use a combination of remote control and voice commands. If I had to choose between a touch screen and a remote, I would pick the remote.

    If the buttons on your interface are big enough with dead space between them, you can use a touchscreen without looking at it. You could also look into mouse gestures.

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    I've been looking at the some of the interface kits that work with the steering wheel buttons. I think that the ideal setup would be something like a G4 and steering wheel controls.
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    I have heard those are pretty nice.
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    I just ordered a Pioneer CD-SR100 infrared steering wheel remote, which I will be pairing with a USB-UIRT infrared receiver and Girder software. I'm optimistic that this will make my G4 much more enjoyable to use.

    Here are some online stores to get the Pioneer CD-SR100:
    http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...l&i=130CDSR100
    http://www.taaffephoto.com/item_deta...item_id=109080
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...W/ref=dp_olp_2

    And the alternative I was looking at, the more expensive and discontinued Blaupunkt RC-10:
    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...laupunkt+rc-10

    USB-UIRT:
    http://store.snapstreamstore.com/usb-uirt.html
    http://www.pcalchemy.com/shopping_ca...irt-ir-blaster


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