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    Does such a unit exist?

    I want a little remote I can use to control my computer that I can mount to my steering wheel. Ive already got cruise buttons on my steering wheel, so I just want to have buttons to control next/pause/back/volume (and maybe shuffle too, or just programmable buttons) on a wireless signal (bluetooth is maybe overkill) but does such thing exist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyreDaug View Post
    I want a little remote I can use to control my computer that I can mount to my steering wheel. Ive already got cruise buttons on my steering wheel, so I just want to have buttons to control next/pause/back/volume (and maybe shuffle too, or just programmable buttons) on a wireless signal (bluetooth is maybe overkill) but does such thing exist?
    Do a search for LIRC and WinLIRC. I built a receiver and am using an old Blaupunkt thummer remote to do the controlling. I use WinLIRC to grab the remote codes, and IRAssistant to map the button presses to keystrokes.

    It's awesome for driving, I rarely have to touch the screen unless I'm doing something in iGuidance.

    If you can solder, and have a Radio Shack or something near by you can make one for under 10 bucks. Then just find any IR remote you want to use and your good to go.
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    but IR != rf. I dont wanna point the thing

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    Only thing I can suggest is taking a wireless numpad/keypad (for a laptop) and hacking it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyreDaug View Post
    I want a little remote I can use to control my computer that I can mount to my steering wheel. Ive already got cruise buttons on my steering wheel, so I just want to have buttons to control next/pause/back/volume (and maybe shuffle too, or just programmable buttons) on a wireless signal (bluetooth is maybe overkill) but does such thing exist?
    If you're mounting it on a steering wheel, IR should work fine. You can do a search, I believe there's a thread with all steering wheel remotes. Just use the IR remote with an IR Man. Evation.com is the site I think. You connect that to your carputer, and the steering wheel IR remote will work fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyreDaug View Post
    but IR != rf. I dont wanna point the thing
    If it's mounted on the steering wheel it's pointed in the right direction....

    IR has a pretty wide beam. It works great for pretty much the whole range of motion for the steering wheel. It gets out of range on extreme left turns. But works again once you get the car straightend out a bit. It's never been an issue for me. Unless I had built in controls on the steering wheel, then I'd hack those....

    And honestly I don't think you're gonna find anything, unless you don't care what it looks like, or don't mind doing some crazy fabrication work.
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    iPod Shuffle the new one

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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaloRESE15" View Post
    iPod Shuffle the new one
    Eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZtH01 View Post
    If it's mounted on the steering wheel it's pointed in the right direction....

    IR has a pretty wide beam. It works great for pretty much the whole range of motion for the steering wheel. It gets out of range on extreme left turns. But works again once you get the car straightend out a bit. It's never been an issue for me. Unless I had built in controls on the steering wheel, then I'd hack those....
    Well not really, itll be aimed up at all times. Because I want to just simply velcro it to the side of the wheel, just so I can have some easier control. Doesnt have to be anything too fancy. Ill use winamp, so the skin ive got looks kinda like a deck and the buttons are placed good enough to just be able to tap them like a normal deck

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyreDaug View Post
    Well not really, itll be aimed up at all times. Because I want to just simply velcro it to the side of the wheel, just so I can have some easier control. Doesnt have to be anything too fancy. Ill use winamp, so the skin ive got looks kinda like a deck and the buttons are placed good enough to just be able to tap them like a normal deck
    The IR emitter is on the back of these steering wheel remotes.

    Trust me they work, and they work damn good.


    Are you thinking of just strapping a regular remote to the side of your steering wheel? Yikes.....


    Heh, I guess you could mount the IR reciever on your roof, it would probably even fit in the dome light...
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