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    Exclamation Bmw idrive input control

    Hi guys,
    i'm a fan of bmw and i just ask if it's possible to control a carpc trought original or non-original Idrive system.

    in other words..
    if the bmw has native iDRIVE system, how i can control PC trought canbus code?

    and if i don't have an Idrive original (like e46/e36/e39).. what hardware do i use to have same control like idrive?

    i had see that griffin or 3dspace navigator mouse.. seems to like idrive but ther's funcion are the same?

    i would to realize a system without touch screen and control all from a knob with simple movement .

    thanks to all for support.

    regards


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    Hi. So you did what you wanted with the iDrive or not?

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    best solution that i can think of right now is to get an arduino mega adk or an uno with a usb shield and get a space navigator knob. Then you'll just have to write a code to read the space navigator input and convert it to keyboard signals (arduino has a keyboard library for this). they it's as easy as using riderunner's hot key feature
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    That's what i'm doing - connecting Arduino, but no need to use Space navigator, i'm connecting original BMW E65 iDrive encoder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murkur View Post
    That's what i'm doing - connecting Arduino, but no need to use Space navigator, i'm connecting original BMW E65 iDrive encoder.
    very interested in your process here.
    how are you hooking it up to the arduino? can you use the other buttons on the idrive as well? do you have a sample sketch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx View Post
    very interested in your process here.
    how are you hooking it up to the arduino? can you use the other buttons on the idrive as well? do you have a sample sketch?
    Now i`m trying encoder library like this: http://www.pjrc.com/teensy/td_libs_Encoder.html
    And I plan to use all the buttons.

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    haw are you tapping into the encoder? just soldering to the wires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx View Post
    haw are you tapping into the encoder? just soldering to the wires?
    Yes, just soldering to the wires. I`m installing this encoder to another car, not BMW, and I don`t need all the internal electronics.

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