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  1. #21
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    Ehm, something completely different.
    It's not BMW-alike, but Ford.
    Today I was sitting in a Ford Focus.
    (My back still hurts)
    But behind the steering wheel, whas a F1-like flipper, with FF,RW,Play,Pause,+ and -.
    All blind to controll.
    Not like the Sony joysticks, they suck in my opinion.
    I liked that thing, and i'm going to see what the possabillity's are.

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    Call me crazy but I had a manual transmittion and I was thinking of putting a trackball in the shifter knob and the button where the index finger usually is. Now I understand that it would take A WHILE to get it right, but how cool would that be. I mean, my hand is pretty much always there.

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    Right, but what about accidentally changing songs when you shift hard?

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    No no no!
    It's not for shifting
    Just for radio control.
    It just has the same shape as a shift flipper!
    Like steeringwheel control (or how it's called in English)
    But more easy to mount, and more easy to use.
    I can't find a picture.

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    Chairboy: I'm sure there's a learning curve to it (just like there is to use a trackball in the first place). After a while I don't see that as much of a problem. I wonder if I could go to a scrap yard and grab an extra knob so I can swap them when I feel like it. They just screw on and off.

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    offtopic and on-topic both here but --

    Idrive is such a piece of crap interface, I have no idea why people want to emulate it so badly.. If BMW would just put a touchscreen in there, things would be so much easier. The only reason idrive exists is because they want the screen high up so you can see it (up where a touchscreen would be impractical)..

    All that being said, if you really really want idrive, there is actually a REAL BMW IDRIVE controller that hooks to a PC. BMW sent them all out to their dealerships when idrive first came out on the 7 series as a sales and training tool. A lot of dealerships have probably junked them by now, so it might be possible to buy one or get one for free that's just sitting around in some cupboard at the local BMW dealer.

    I'm going over to the dealer on wed. for some service stuff.. I'll see if they still have their demo out and/or have someone check to see if the controller is available somehow seperately.
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