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Old 10-24-2013, 07:05 AM   #1
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adding buttons via usb

Hi,

I was wondering if it's possible to plug a button / keyboard in to the usb of a kindle/kindle paperwhite, to make it change pages, rather than using the buttons on the kindle itself.

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(if it's not possible with a kindle, is it possible with a kindle fire)

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Old 10-24-2013, 08:07 AM   #2
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It's not a USB host port (I think the options to switch it to USB host mode were investigated, but not to a definite end). So you can't plug USB devices like classic USB keyboards or similar. Also the firmware is not ready to accept events from a USB input stack, I think.

That said, I can imagine a hacky way to build something: A microcontroller with USB host support could use USB CDC serial protocol to talk to the Kindle. Software on the Kindle could create proper events on the input stack. Sounds like a bigger project, though.

I guess more or less the same is true for Kindle Fire devices.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:10 AM   #3
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Ah ok Thanks.

I don't have any of that technical expertise, and was hoping it would be a simple thing to do.
During my searching about it, i found a product that acts as buttons, but its a few hundred dollars, which is too much!

it seems i'll have to find another way of doing this

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you could fire clicks at it via wifi.

I seem to recall someone doing something similar with their phone or somesuch.

what hardware do you have available?
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:34 AM   #5
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Hi,

in what sense what hardware (kindle wise or something else)?

sorry for taking ages to reply!
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put a raspi, a wifi clip and a few buttons (GPIO) together, a bit of code, and et al.
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ok, so google tells me a raspi is a raspberry pi, which i've heard of.
but, what is a wifi clip? (i'm assuming it adds wifi to something, but googling doesn't seem to find any hardware)
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ah ok!!

Seems i'll have to do some learning about the pi.

Now from the research i've been looking up, people have been using their kindle as a screen for their raspberry pi, with a keyboard, which is slightly different than what i want to do (although what i want to do sounds simpler?)

Ok, i think i can get a pi and wifi it. but, i'm not sure how i would then send clicks to it. I will try and put some research in to it though (I don't know much about programming or the raspberry pi at all)

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no probs.

someone has been working on adding extra buttons to things.

I'm no expert in these matters...

I would just send the clicks via wifi from the pi. So....
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/projects/ras..._and_switches/

the "clicks" I can help with.

Come back when you have buttons...
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:01 PM   #11
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sorry if this is a stupid question, but would a usb keyboard plugged in to a pi count as buttons?
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sure. as long as you can trigger an "event" of some kind...

you would just be firing an xdotool click anyhow..
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would you be interested in something like this?
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Ah wow, that looks perfect!!
I will have a thorough look through, but from the video and what's said in that thread, it looks ideal. I just wanted to post now to say thank you, when i get back from work i'll have a really good look and undoubtedly ask some stupid questions!

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