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View Poll Results: How serious am I?
Not serious at all. 4 12.50%
Somewhat serious. 7 21.88%
Totally, serious, and it's ridiculous! 11 34.38%
Totally serious, and I want one, too! 10 31.25%
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Old 10-18-2006, 08:10 PM   #1
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The ultimate Iliad Accessory - How serious am I?

OK, so here's what I need and why...

I have taken to reading on the Iliad while eating.
This became very comfortable once I started propping up the Iliad on an easel or easel-like contraption (whatever's handy, Legos, stacks of books...) in order to achieve a nice viewing angle.

Here's the problem, though - to turn the page, I need to put down either the fork or the knife. Also, using the flipbar shifts the propped-up Iliad a little bit to the left, so after a couple of turns, I need to readjust the easel's position.

It seems what I need is some kind of remote control - either the old-fashioned kind where I push a button, or maybe something more sophisticated, like a foot pedal or The Clapper or those whistle-things for keychains ...

Who's gonna step in and make this little item for me?

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Old 10-19-2006, 04:30 AM   #2
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Actually this would also be great for people without arms.
I bet you can make a foot flipbar, with several additional buttons, so you can handle the iLiad completely with your feet. Would just need a proper USB driver and a newly designed footwork thingy. Maybe there is even such a footmouse on the market, that can be used.

And i do think you're dead serious.
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Old 10-19-2006, 07:49 AM   #3
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Had we a microphone, you could click the tongue, or even use a sort of Kalaharian speech code. Humming is a idea, too.

There are some cameras for compact flash and or SD card; you could use them to detact face gestures.

You could make a contraption to press the screen using a wacom pen... remember that the wacom does not need to touch the screen, just to be 1cm of the screen when it is pressed.
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:27 AM   #4
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Why not suggest some kind of auto-page flip...?
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Old 10-19-2006, 09:31 AM   #5
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Youy could write a timer app. that could turn pages, and configure it for specific time intervals.
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Old 10-19-2006, 12:13 PM   #6
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Who's gonna step in and make this little item for me?
Do you have the juice to supply an iLiad SDK?
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:16 PM   #7
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Actually another great application of the foot switch would be for musicians.... it'd be an easy way to display digital music!
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Old 11-14-2007, 08:49 PM   #8
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Everything is available via USB these days. For example, X-keys has a foot pedal, and other interesting programmable USB devices. These can all mimic a USB keyboard, and so should in principle work on the ILiad.
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Old 11-14-2007, 09:54 PM   #9
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I think maybe a camera to recognize where my eyes are looking. When I get to the last line it can turn the page for me. I'm really lazy.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:45 PM   #10
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Everything is available via USB these days. For example, X-keys has a foot pedal, and other interesting programmable USB devices. These can all mimic a USB keyboard, and so should in principle work on the ILiad.
Why not get a mouse and have some fun with the iLiad.

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Old 05-04-2008, 12:42 PM   #11
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I just mentally command the page to turn... No wait, I have a Kindle. Some features not available outside the US... 8?)
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:18 PM   #12
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I cannot test it atm, but there is the usb-keyboard 'driver' - somewhere in the software-release-forum. And I think the left/right buttons or page up/down was what the flip-bar was mapped to.

So in the end you need a cheap-usb-keyboard (one you don't mind to trample upon) and a long usb-cable. The rest fine-motorical movement of your toes .

And I think tribble said what makes this really a useful approach, if you have no hands or miss some motorical control or simply have jam or honey on your fingers, you would not want to touch your hallowed iLiad .

Cheers, bon appetķt!
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This might be an ideal substitute for the "keyboard".

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/no...s/175&cl=ch,de

The tongle of this device actually behaves like a keyboard, pressing "page up" and "page down", if you press the forward/backward buttons on the presenter
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I cannot test it atm, but there is the usb-keyboard 'driver' - somewhere in the software-release-forum. And I think the left/right buttons or page up/down was what the flip-bar was mapped to.

So in the end you need a cheap-usb-keyboard (one you don't mind to trample upon) and a long usb-cable. The rest fine-motorical movement of your toes .

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Who said you need fine motor skills of the podiatric phalanges? Just find a program that will remap keyboard key-presses, and map every key on the left side as BACK, and every key on the right side as FORWARD. This works best with ergo-split keyboards.

Then, you just have to make sure you whack the correct side of the keyboard.

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