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Old 03-19-2015, 04:51 PM   #1
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Remote Page Turning Controller

This is an experiment, cable based remote controller. Actually, it just uses the "unplug charger" event to flip the page. All you'd have to do is build a charger cable with a button that disconnects it for a short time.

https://vid.me/bVla

It could also be done through WiFi, possibly using the GoPro remote controller so you'd have a hand-held, wireless device. It's a bit too expensive to just buy it on a lark. Also, it has a short battery life and keeping WiFi always on drains the Kobo rather quickly, too.
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:19 PM   #2
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Very interesting! It is ideal for reading in bed or a lectern. I want the final version! I will do my cable.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:26 AM   #3
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Hi frostschutz,

Is there progress in the project? I want to make my cable with button to turn pages. Which is the code or the pach?
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To be honest, I'm not sure this is all that good for the life of the battery.
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Is there progress in the project?
Sorry, haven't found the time/motivation to make something usable out of it yet.

Although I ordered a USB cable with a push button for around 2€ from Ebay; which works nicely if you're careful not to push it all the way through (so you can get a short trigger instead of going a full on-off click cycle).

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I'm not sure this is all that good for the life of the battery.
The battery might be fine if the device is smart enough to not charge it while already charged; even so I don't know how the rest of the electronics will handle these power events, so yeah.

I'm also looking for a way to read the magnet sensor somehow. If the magnet would trigger page flips instead of sleep, you could add a page flip button over the magnet sensor.
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I'm also looking for a way to read the magnet sensor somehow. If the magnet would trigger page flips instead of sleep, you could add a page flip button over the magnet sensor.
That would be awesome. The only thing I'm missing from my sony ereader is the push button to switch pages ...
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nickel grabs the /dev/input/event0 exclusively by default so events can't be read from the outside. (event0 is the "keyboard" that includes power button and magnet sensor keys). It's possible to patch nickel to drop the exclusive access though (change grab=1 to grab=0 - lucky this isn't hardcoded). At that point an external process can read the magnet event and effect a page flip by sending a touch event.

So the pieces are all there, not sure if/when I'll get around to make a useable remote control mod out of it.
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