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    Wireless control button, steering wheel mounted?

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of a small wireless input button that I could attach to my steering wheel, since I don't have any factory wheel buttons? I plan to use this with voice recognition, so I would press the button to speak commands into the mic attached to a car PC. A search on google pulled up nothing.

    As reference, here is a wireless controller for the Harmon/Kardon drive + play:

    http://www.harmankardon.com/drive-2/..._overview.aspx

    Something similar would be great, possibly bluetooth?

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    I'm currently thinking along the same lines and here is what I've come up with.

    take one of these wireless remotes (or something similar):
    http://www.amazon.com/Portable-26-bu...498622&sr=8-16

    and hack into the buttons, rerouting them into some external push buttons that can be mounted to the steering wheel. I'm thinking of placing them on some sort of flexible backing, like a sheet of plastic, and then velcro taping them to the wheel. The remote itself would also be attached to the wheel.

    let me know what you think.
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    I'm amazed at how difficult it is to find a small bluetooth remote that does not require a dongle. Do you mean you plan on having the remote attached to the back of the wheel, with the buttons rerouted to other buttons, attached to the front of the wheel?

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    I bought a steering wheel for my car that had those buttons that tell your car when to shift, with the intention of using the buttons to control my car computer.

    What I did was take the remote from one of those tiny, cheap remote control cars (like this one) and wire it up to the steering wheel buttons. For power, I hooked it up to the 12V line for the horn and stuck the PCB behind the airbag. I wired the receiver portion to a usb game controller.

    It works pretty well, but I don't know if it could be used in your situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epod86 View Post
    I'm currently thinking along the same lines and here is what I've come up with.

    take one of these wireless remotes (or something similar):
    http://www.amazon.com/Portable-26-bu...498622&sr=8-16

    and hack into the buttons, rerouting them into some external push buttons that can be mounted to the steering wheel. I'm thinking of placing them on some sort of flexible backing, like a sheet of plastic, and then velcro taping them to the wheel. The remote itself would also be attached to the wheel.

    let me know what you think.
    I bought that remote and it sucks. The buttons are so shallow it is horrible to press. I would try to find some with some umph.
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    I know this isn't what your looking for but here's my solution provided you have space for a touchpad. With the touch pad you will be able to control the PC without having to touch your screen. Secondly with the touch pad the upper right had corner (the light grey triangle) acts as a right click.

    You can use a free utility autohotkeys to bind right click to emulate any key on the keyboard (i.e what ever key your front end uses to envoke voice command) then simply tap the upper right hand corner of your touchpad to evoke voice commands.

    Works great for me


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    I bought that remote and it sucks. The buttons are so shallow it is horrible to press. I would try to find some with some umph.
    Well, I plan to use the remote mostly just as a relay for the commands, I will wire in my own buttons to the buttons on the remotes keypad. I'll probably use a couple of pcb through-hole switches glued to soft plastic, and the plastic velcroed to the wheel.
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    here is what you need, i saw along time ago a thread that did exactly wht u want it to, so SEARCH

    http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...s&i=130CDSR100
    http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...385387&loc=111
    http://www.buy.com/prod/designed-wit...203324728.html
    http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...8RMX4S&tp=2833
    http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...0CDVC1&tp=2833

    hope this helps, last one include mic!

    Edit:
    Found the old thread
    Steering Wheel Controls

    Quote Originally Posted by tbird2340 View Post
    I am in the process of trying to find a steering wheel remote that looks good and also works good. I figured I'd post the ones I've found and maybe people can reply with any experience they may have with them.

    Now I'm not sure if all of these are IR but if they are they should work w/ generic IR receiver and girder...

    1. Jensen IR20 - $20



    2. Blaupunkt RC10 - $40



    3. Audiovox NPSWR - $??



    4. Pioneer CD-SR80 - $39



    5. VDO Dayton RCS5100/4000 - $??


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    I had that Pioneer one on a previous stereo. The range wasn't all that good. However, it did work with a MCE receiver (http://www.govistashop.com/catalog/p...oducts_id=1298) and Girder.

    Any of the remotes above should work as long as you have some sort of IR receiver you can control with software like Girder or HIP.

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    Wow, I just started working on this exact same idea, of those controls, how do I know if the reciever is compatiple with somehting like grinder, and how would one contect it to a PC?

    I was thinking the PCB route might be better, using the one of those KeyWiz Contolers, with a series of momentary buttons would also work nice, But getting the buttons layed out in a decent way, adn looking as OEM as possible would be the tough part! I wonder how they would work with grinder.

    I do some minor Resin casting, might try andcome up wuth some thing...


    Also one could buy a newer Steering Wheel with one of those controlers on it, and then possible connect the wires to the KeyWiz to make it all work... I might hit the junk yards and see what I can find (assuming the newer Steering wheel, will work on my car)!!!
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