Anyone try one of these for USB?
Smart Cat Touchpad
I have a Sony Ericsson Z800i, which supposedly does the same thing, but I can't seem to get it to work.
So you should probably try it and make sure it DOES work :P
Yeah, a few people have moulded touchpads into their centre consoles and what-not.
I'm sure if you look around you'll find a couple.
I have three of these in my car: http://www.ergonomictouchpad.com/ Basically the same functions, without the plastic frame and the special drivers, which makes them easier to integrate in the car.
Tor - The MediaSUV
I've used a ShuttleXpress in my car for years. It's epoxied to the front of the cup holder that folds out on my center console, and does everything I need right now. The jog dial is proportional fast forward/reverse. The software is good, I was able to configure it to press the fast forward key 5 times a second when the jog dial was partway forward, 20 times a second when it was further, etc. In MediaEngine, this gives me very precise and poweful skipping in audio tracks. I can skip 5 seconds or to the end of the song with a flick of the wrist, it's great.
I use the center dial to scroll up and down songs, the buttons are Escape (for going up a level in ME), Previous track, Enter, Next Track, and the Browse button. I can control 99% of my carputer without touching the screen.
Chrysler 300 - Fabricating
I've got a few other devices from ebay that I love.
There are certain occasions when I need a keyboard so I bought one of these
and it works amazingly well and has a great range. I have the dongle on my carpc located in the rear hatch area and it works flawlessly.
I bought it off of Ebay here:
I also bought this touchpad mouse because of it's size
and it does work as advertised and looks awesome on my console. It blends right in and can hardly be seen. I bought it here and highly recommend it.
Just my $0.02
anyone know if there's a program out there to use a pda as a touchpad for a pc? also if there's a program for an onscreen keyboard (ala iphone) for the pda that will let you input text on a pc? i think this would be ideal as it would leave a small footprint and key two birds with one stone