Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 28

Thread: Wired Media control?

  1. #1
    _
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Little Elm, Texas
    Posts
    13,500

    Wired Media control?

    I'm in need of a device that will allow me to control media functions - play/pause, track forward/track back, and possibly volume control but not necessary. If I can find a product that has only a few extra buttons/switches I'm sure I can find a use for them, but I don't want a full numerical keypads worth of keys for this.

    This device needs to be just buttons and nothing big like a keyboard button. One of those gamer keypads or number pads won't work for this application as they are too big and bulky and have too many keys/buttons on them for my needs. I keep thinking that a controller board that would let me map what each button press does and allow me to connect my own buttons/switches would be ideal, but I'm a bit stumped there.

    To give you an idea of what I'm looking for....I will need to mold this into a spare center console lid/arm rest. This lid will be swapped out for driving purposes and once we're at the show, I'll be able to swap in the arm rest with the buttons. Something that works over serial or USB is preferred, naturally.

    I want it wired because I feel that it's a) more reliable b) doesn't require a battery c) quicker responding than wireless.

    Does anyone know of a product or combination of products that might work for this?
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  2. #2
    Car Audio Moderator durwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Chicagoland (St. Charles,IL)
    Posts
    2,028
    Controllers:

    USB

    PS/2/Keyboard

    I've been eyeing them up for some time. You just find your own buttons and wire them up.

    I'm hoping to use it to integrate my factory buttons so it can replace this:

    Name:  IMG_2165.JPG
Views: 2022
Size:  94.4 KB

    If you like that, it's a Keyspan Remote Control

    http://www.amazon.com/Keyspan-URM-17.../dp/B0006OCZLM

  3. #3
    _
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Little Elm, Texas
    Posts
    13,500
    You know, I had completely forgotten about groovy game gear...they have a relay control board I was looking at a few months ago...lol

    thanks! I'll look more into it tomorrow for sure.
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  4. #4
    _
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Little Elm, Texas
    Posts
    13,500
    Ok - so I had some time to look into this tonight.

    I'm trying to understand the difference between the two as it applies here...one is PS/2 and one is USB....that's about it, right? Of course, other than the EZ Solder version...

    I'm obviously missing something here...lol

    And I'm guessing I'd just be able to connect any push button/switch to it and map it's output, correct?
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  5. #5
    Car Audio Moderator durwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Chicagoland (St. Charles,IL)
    Posts
    2,028
    pretty much you got it. I think the buttons all share the same ground so that makes wiring easier. They had example wiring diagrams.

    Here are the differences (I think) but I forgot to ask them when I was emailing them.

    USB is faster and the software is 3rd party, but I think it doesn't store the keyset until software loads up maybe?

    PS/2 has the keyset uploaded to it directly to the firmware so it's available the second it powers up. Setup software is not 3rd party.

    I emailed the company a few months back and they responded quickly if you have any questions.

  6. #6
    _
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Little Elm, Texas
    Posts
    13,500
    I've emailed Nick about the Fusion Brain....apparently it will do what I'm wanting as well:

    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTIVR6
    What's up?

    I'm currently looking for a solution to an issue I'm having and I'm wondering if the Fusion Brain might be that solution.

    I need to be able to control volume up/down, track forward/back, and play/pause via a remote of sorts. This 'remote' can be wired into the car. In fact, I'm planning on mounting the buttons, etc. in a spare arm rest that will be put in for shows so I can quickly connect and disconnect it and put a stock arm rest back in for the drive home/to the show.

    I'm wondering if you might have a solution off the top of your head. Basically, I'm wondering if the Fusion Brain might take a button input. Something like a contact closure (momentary style)?

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks,

    Jan
    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster
    Yup. The brain's digtial inputs (blue header, 4 of them) are used for digital connections such as a button. The analogue inputs can also be used for buttons. If you have a resistive connection (factory controls with 1 wire interface) through a voltage divider (2 resistors) and it would only use 1 analogue input. So technically you can have about 20-25 buttons per analogue input so 204-254 buttons could be used. Although for simplicity, 1 button a channel would be best if you had the room
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  7. #7
    MySQL Error scott_fx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles Ca
    Posts
    3,998
    hey jan,
    i had developed a device that does what you are talking about (i think). it using an ipac2 keyboard emulator and a custom lasercut facade with laser cut buttons that will be back lit.

    i actually may not use this and ultimately use the spacenav for the interface. if you're interested in it i may be able to hook you up with a 'kit' that you could just finish off and integrate it into your install
    New System in progress:
    M10k
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
    My Boat Pc worklog

  8. #8
    _
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Little Elm, Texas
    Posts
    13,500
    you have a PM!
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  9. #9
    MySQL Error scott_fx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles Ca
    Posts
    3,998
    hey jan i have a remote control that i had taken apart. the buttons may work for you. i'll take a pic when i get some free time. if you want it i'll send it to you
    New System in progress:
    M10k
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
    My Boat Pc worklog

  10. #10
    _
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Little Elm, Texas
    Posts
    13,500
    thanks!
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-24-2006, 11:56 PM
  2. How do you control Bass??
    By PhatMo in forum Car Audio
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 06-16-2006, 10:09 PM
  3. Feature Request: Advanced Volume Control
    By skeeter007 in forum Road Runner
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-20-2006, 05:23 PM
  4. Media Engine Suggestions - Read!
    By infinitifanatik in forum Media Engine
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-08-2004, 09:00 PM
  5. neocar media center EN version, here it is :)
    By netsuo in forum NeoCar Media Center
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 10-04-2004, 12:36 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •