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Thread: iFrog - One handed bluetooth keyboard

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    Quote Originally Posted by iSRT
    Hey guys,

    I'm a long time mac user and am in the process of modding my 2004 Dodge SRT-4.

    Next on the list is my mac mini carputer !!!


    Anyways, I thought I would give everyone a heads up about this tiny bluetooth one-handed keyboard that is Mac OSX compatible. Would be perfect for use with our mac minis.

    Check out www.frogpad.com for more info.

    I have never seen one or tied one, if anyone has you're input would be appreciated.

    Cheers,

    =^..^=
    Anyone know of a cheaper alternative?

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    Frogpad as keyboard in car

    I have purchased a bluetooth Frogpad for use in my Land Rover Discovery Series 1 to which I have fitted a Megasquirt ECU (controlling both fuelling and ignition timing) and carPC (ex mp3car.com) with which to tune the Megasquirt ECU.

    The sun visor serves to accomodate the 16:9 Lilliput touchscreen (impractical in the car) and I'm using an oldish Cirque Smart Cat serial touchpad (not very pleased with its performance). I recon I'll be fitting some trackball type pointing device in due course.

    I'm using a chinese no-name usb bluetooth dongle. Getting the bluetooth link to work called for some trial and error guesswork but I managed to get it going.

    Being really small (although the keys are "adult" size keys - a definite advantage in a car), the frogpad fits nicely next to the manual gear lever (on a pedestal I made) such that my wrist can rest and be steadied on the hand brake while my fingers then falls nicely to the keyboard without interfering with anything around it (including my leg)

    The Megasquirt ECU tuning application (Megatune) calls for odd keystrokes (like ctrl-shft-uparrow, alt-L, ctrl-B etc) which I found the frogpad can deal with and with not too much hassle either. Other than that, I just have to type in the odd filename when logging ECU data.

    We drive on the LH side of the road (in South Africa) which leaves my LH free and being a RHed person, I thought it would be quite a challenge to master the keyboard but it came easier than expected.

    Although the frogpad documentation needs improvement IMHO, I was able to find my way.

    Let's face it, mastering a new keyboard will take some practise and you have to put your mind (and fingers and time) to it. I found mastering this keyboard quite easy (but perhaps I am exceptionally gifted ) and although my typing speed is not fast (wrong hand and all), my accuracy is surprisingly high (having forced myself from the word go, not to look at the keyboard while typing, knowing that I would need my eyes on the road, or on the tuning gauges).

    It is pricey (in this application) , but then, how much is your life (and that of your passengers) worth to you ?

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    jagwit you should check out a program called remote buddy. You can use a wii remote to do just about anything you want. The wii remote has like 11 buttons and you can set it up to do around 22 functions for each program. It is really nice for inputting multiple keystrokes with the press of just one button. It works in osx. I'm using parallels and nissan datascan for datalogging and gauges for my nissan 240sx. It works really well to eliminate a keyboard and the wii remote fits perfectly in your hand. Check it out i love the thing.

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    Onepuff, I'm always interested in learning about innovative solutions, however, I'm still stuck in the world of win#$%s. Do you know of an equivalent solution to Remote Buddy for that OS?

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    I think Girder comes pretty close to remote buddy. I haven't looked much though since remote buddy works so well. It also works with the iPhone and you can have a picture of your desktop on the iPhone screen. The wii remote unfortunately I have not found much good support for windows. Do you have a mac just running windows or a pc?

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    No, I'm running a pretty normal car PC (http://store.mp3car.com/MP3Car_Custo..._p/ccc-102.htm) with XP Home

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    Just wondering. You posted this in the mac forum. Did you check out Girder?

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