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    100% Custom Keyboard!

    Alright all check this idea out.

    Thoughts:

    When a key is press a circuit is completed giving you the desired keypress.


    Plan:

    Wire two wires to a button in a remote location in the car. I could pick and choose which keys I want and where I want them. I could use calculator keys / endless possibilities on that lol... I could use leds to light the keys or solar glue keys(kind that some shirts/remotes have)

    Sketch



    the keys on the left are numeric keys and the one next to it is ENTER

    Then that middle button thing is a nipple mouse I got for 10$ at MICI.COM





    that is a example of a keyboard i could HI-JACK since its clear.. easy to do


    So what do you all think, yup this is your time to bash my idea go for it!
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    What can I say? I like serial. Curiosity's Avatar
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    Just to give you more ideas, I found this website: http://www.keyalt.com/ In keyboards they have labels, and in the mice they have some really freaky stuff.

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    To avoid destroying a keyboard you can use this solution:

    XKeys Matrix Board

    It's a USB/PS2 controller for matrix keyboard (you can also use custom "matrix" setup). It's absolutely programmable and can emulate both keyboards and mouse. Worth a look...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeamRider
    To avoid destroying a keyboard you can use this solution:

    XKeys Matrix Board

    It's a USB/PS2 controller for matrix keyboard (you can also use custom "matrix" setup). It's absolutely programmable and can emulate both keyboards and mouse. Worth a look...
    A keyboard is a lot cheaper to mess with than $60!

    The problem you're going to run into w/ hacking apart a keyboard is that the switches are capacitive. Most pushbutton switches you get at radioshack and mouser/digikey are contact switches and won't work with keyboards.

    My suggestion would be to hack apart a gravis gamepad. They can be had at Best Buy for $10, they're USB, and they come with software that's programable.

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    a push button should work.. It just completes the circuit for a m-sec .. That 60 dollar thing is cool also but hmm the gravis gave me new light just fight a crap controller and go.. cheap

    I found that keyboard above for 10 bucks NEW also btw
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    just use the simple serial port button thingy
    one serial port can have 15 buttons (your idea uses less then that) and useing a 2nd serial port you can get 15 more buttons.. all you need is to run his lil app http://diba.hotbox.ru/comctrl/pictures.html interfaces with winamp and windows ANY key you want.. also HOLD and TAP can be difrent actions / keys

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    Same as beaverpants, but you can use girder to interface ANYTHING with it.

    http://www.girder.nl

    guide:
    http://www.modasylum.com/guides.php?guide=21
    -Mars

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    would i be able to hook one of those up in addition to my keyboard being hooked up

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    Nice one, this would be perfect for what i want to do. I have a peugeot 306 and am planning on making 5 buttons on either side of the screen (the dash is a funny shape and will have some space around the screen) to control things to relieve the touchscreen a bit and provide me with some direct access to featues that may not be on the screen at the time (reduce distractions while driving). i am planning on having volume, track, menu and play/pause on the passenger side (keep their grubby fingers off my screen) and things like direct to GPS, phone and rear view camera and the on-off on the driver side. I also have a 4 way joystick on my steering column (dunno how this is switched yet) that i want to use for track and volume and have been wondering how best to do it- hopefully this will be the answer!

    Cheers!

    Andy

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    Don't know if this will help or not, but I used a keyboard encoder when I built my Mame cabinet. Let me assign keycombinations to buttons. This is the least expensive one I found:
    http://www.groovygamegear.com/Page2.html
    Don't know if this will help or not.

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