By the way here are a couple pics of my install so far. I plan on getting it to look more stock with some kind of cover for the mini and lcd.
I am planning on making a controller similar to iDrive or Audi MMI so I can get rid of the touchscreen interface. I ordered a keyboard emulator from ultimarc an iPac2. I am thinking of getting an 8 direction encoder with push button switch from alps http://www.mouser.com/index.cfm?hand..._pcodeid=68807
I will use this to emulate a mouse. hopefully this will give me a way to navigate the screen with something tactile as apposed to looking at the screen. I would also like to incorporate a few momentary switches. I will use one to emulate the apple key and one to emulate the tab key. That way I can switch between the programs I have running. I will probably use 4 to 6 switches and will figure out what i want them to do with the others. Anyone have any suggestions as to what type of momentary switches to use. If anyone could suggest something from mouser.com that would be great.
I want to make a controller similar to this How to make: iDrive armrest
or this MMI style rotary encoder install - details
Hopefully more like the second one.
I have a mac mini installed and havent found any in the mac forum with this type of controller so I started this thread. I have a griffin powermate but its limitation of only 6 functions is not what I want.