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    Question visor keyboard guide?

    I was wondering if there was a guide out there on how to install a keyboard in a car visor? Or for those of you that have done this, could you provide some tips for me? Stuff like: what keyboard you used, how you installed it in your visor and ran the cables back to the PC, etc.
    Also, does anyone sell a pre-built visor with the keyboard already in it?

    thanks for any help!

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    What a really good idea!
    Now to find a keyboard...

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    In my RX-7 i did this. Look at my website below.

    When I striped the material off the visor I was left with a wire outline and the part you screw into the roof of the car. I used a Dolphin (i think thats how it's spelled) keyboard. I opened the case and the keys fit inside of the wire part of the sun visor. I bought a sheet of balsa wood and some headliner material from a hoby shop. I used the wire rim and drew an outline for the bottom piece of wood. Then I placed the keyboad inside the wire rim and drew a second template for the parts the keyboard didn't fill. I used liquid nails to glue the bottom piece to the wire rim as well as the other layer.

    For the material draw an outline on the back side using the visor as a template. Cut two pieces out and sew them together using a "Blind stitch" (sew them together insideout and leave an end open turn it right side out and the stitch is hidden). Cut a square out for the keyboard slide the visor in, glue the keyboard in over the cut ends of the material. Then I used hot glue to close the end of the material. Clean up the excess hot glue with a x-acto knife.

    Of course you need to run the ps/2 or usb connector out somewhere as well as some other little things I might have left out.

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    Defiler: did you think it was very useful?
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    I found this page, it has some information on a visor mounted keyboard.

    http://www.trip23.com/antifrizz/keyboard.htm
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    If you can figure out the wiring, it should hook up to a normal keyboard controller chip ripped from a standard desktop keyboard. The libretto 100 keyboard is tiny, not very thick yet quite easy to use after a little practise. I wouldnt type an essay on it tho. Might be worth looking one up if you need it small.

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    I would also look for the "indestructible" keyboards that are relatively new to market. These are flat, and can be rolled up. They usually use a USB connection.

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    Originally posted by AVGeek
    I would also look for the "indestructible" keyboards that are relatively new to market. These are flat, and can be rolled up. They usually use a USB connection.
    I've heard a lot of negative reviews of these.. No specifics, I didn't really dig into reasoning.. but more than one person told me not to waste my money
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    Originally posted by ShinkunoNamida
    Defiler: did you think it was very useful?
    Honestly...I did use it a few times, very few. It was really for entering street addresses and the like for Street Atlas.

    This time around I'm not sure if I'm going to do the same thing. I'm sure I'm putting one in but I might go with an indestructable one. I know they don't have the best reviews but I figured I wouldn't use it so much so it wouldn't be that big of a deal. I was thinking of mounting it on a thin piece of plexi with rubber cement or some kind of adhesive. This way it wouldn't flop around. Then I would use a piece of sticky sided velcro on the visor and another on the backside of the plexi. This way I could remove it when I wanted to and it wouldn't damage the car. Then I could drill little pilot holes in the sides of the plexi and mount little high intensity LEDs and wire them to a switch that could power them up when I drop the visor. A la home made backlit keyboard.

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    I was thinking of mounting it on a thin piece of plexi with rubber cement or some kind of adhesive. This way it would flop around. Then I would use a piece of sticky sided velcro on the visor and another on the backside of the plexi. This way I could remove it when I wanted to and it wouldn't damage the car. Then I could drill little pilot holes in the sides of the plexi and mount little high intensity LEDs and wire them to a switch that could power them up when I drop the visor. A la home made backlit keyboard.
    That sounds like a good idea to me...as soon as I stop buying xmas presents for other people I may have enough cash to spend on myself and try that

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