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Old 07-15-2021, 11:48 AM   #1
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Smile New hand stick Bluetooth for turning page!

New hand stick Bluetooth for turning page!

What do you think of this? I wish I could buy an accessory to turn the page without touching the Kindle, sometimes I need to cross my arms, but I can't turn the page if I don't move

Do you think it is easy to build such a device?



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Old 07-16-2021, 04:50 AM   #2
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I found this device looking for photos, for the idea I was looking for. I edit the photos with Photoshop.

https://cooool.co/bluetooth-stick/

When I read, I need to put a cushion under the book to get the text closer to my eyes. Am I the only one who puts a cushion? ¬¬ With a bluetooth turn page stick, I could cross my arms a some times, or put the Kindle on a table etc..



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Hohohoho, you got me there for a sec

For me I lean my body on one side of the couch and with my elbow on the armrest I read my kindle on font size 4 Bookerly.
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Old 07-16-2021, 07:53 AM   #4
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Hohohoho, you got me there for a sec

For me I lean my body on one side of the couch and with my elbow on the armrest I read my kindle on font size 4 Bookerly.
My position is exactly this:



Do you really read size 4? oh my god, what a small print, you must have good eyesight!
I convert typographic font to Calibre to 12 or 13, and on the Kindle I set it to 7 or 8 it depends.

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New hand stick Bluetooth for turning page!

What do you think of this? I wish I could buy an accessory to turn the page without touching the Kindle, sometimes I need to cross my arms, but I can't turn the page if I don't move
Do you think it is easy to build such a device?
I think it's a terrible idea if held separately. I'd rather have buttons on the frame. It would have to clip onto the ereader.
It won't work on my PW3 as it has no Bluetooth.
My phones and tablets have volume buttons that work.
My Sony PRS-350 and Kobo Libra already have page turn buttons. So do my older Kindles, but I don't read on them, only test.

So I'd only use it on my Boyue Likebook Mars as it as Bluetooth and Android, but it has very little frame.

Such a device is trivial for a company that makes gadgets. It's a little harder a home mainly due to size and packaging.

Another issue it that on eink based readers it has a bad effect on battery life, apart from the fact that you need Bluetooth and some ereaders or applications on them don't respond to any code or command to turn page. BT is on the PW4 to support Speech as an alternative to a generic USB audio stick on a PW3 via an adaptor. The Audio/Speech on PW3 & PW4 is for accessibility, it's actually MORE awkward than the TTS on Kindle DXG, which is just for reading out the text.

My Mars has Android so I installed KOreader without jailbreak. I use it for real ebooks as the stock reader on the Mars is better than KOreader for scanned image content PDFs. KOreader works with Android BT external thing to change page, though not easy to set up as by default it wants volume buttons. The stock reader and the local County library Android app (Borrowbox by Belinda, and web download to PC can use ADE) don't use any android keypress, nor the volume keys on my Android phone or tablet.

Android apps on the Mars – that work – such as K9 email, browser, Jota note/text edit etc all work with external Bluetooth gadgets, even full keyboard and mouse.

You can buy a cheap BT camera "shutter" or a cheap BT headset (not buds) with media control buttons. If you can work your reading app on your tablet or eink ereader with either of those then building your own will work.

Mostly a BT page turner won't work, which is why people have jailbroken and hacked devices and in the case where there is no BT they use WiFi which is even worse for battery life.

It's simpler to buy a Kobo Libra. It's my favourite ereader for well formatted ebooks. The Mars is FAR better for books that are scanned PDFs (still to small for PDF magazines and A4 / Letter manuals) or badly formatted ones using KOreader to override rather than fixing in Calibre, or Borrow Box for the library books as it's too much bother to read them other than in the special App (ADE DRM).
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Personally I prefer just tapping the screen. I have the Oasis and didn't care for the bottoms, or the size and shape of the Oasis, so I have gone back to the PaperWhite and love it.
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I think it's a terrible idea if held separately. I'd rather have buttons on the frame. It would have to clip onto the ereader.
It won't work on my PW3 as it has no Bluetooth.
My phones and tablets have volume buttons that work.
My Sony PRS-350 and Kobo Libra already have page turn buttons. So do my older Kindles, but I don't read on them, only test.

It's simpler to buy a Kobo Libra. It's my favourite ereader for well formatted ebooks. The Mars is FAR better for books that are scanned PDFs (still to small for PDF magazines and A4 / Letter manuals) or badly formatted ones using KOreader to override rather than fixing in Calibre, or Borrow Box for the library books as it's too much bother to read them other than in the special App (ADE DRM).
I will ask any friends if they have a cheap BT camera "shutter" or a cheap BT headset (not buds) I don't want to risk buying it and then it doesn't work. Thanks for the info.

I had not thought about what you say, with the BT on surely the battery will drain much earlier. They should put a bigger battery.

Before I bought the Oasis 9th, I bought the Kobo Aura One, had to return two devices twice for screen failures (the led light was not uniform) and finally bought the Oasis 9th. I wanted the 8" screen! I see new devices in the Kobo store now, I wouldn't mind trying another one again.

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Personally I prefer just tapping the screen. I have the Oasis and didn't care for the bottoms, or the size and shape of the Oasis, so I have gone back to the PaperWhite and love it.
I had a Sony PRS505 before and I can't go back to a 6-inch reader, even the seven-inch one is not enough for me, when this one breaks down I'll buy it with 8", it may be a Kobo. Although I am happy with the Oasis 9th.

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I use this one and it won't drain the Kindle batt as it has it's own batts.
https://www.amazon.com/SYUKUYU-Contr...-20&pldnSite=1
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I use this one and it won't drain the Kindle batt as it has it's own batts.
https://www.amazon.com/SYUKUYU-Contr...-20&pldnSite=1
How does it turn the page? Does it only work with capacitive touchscreens?
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Looks like it. I can only assume it toggles some circuitry to simulate a finger tap when the button is pressed.
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How does it turn the page? Does it only work with capacitive touchscreens?

Yes. The screen must be capacitive so I don’t think a device can have an infrared touchscreen like the 2016 8th Gen Basic. I wrote a review of it here.
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I use this one and it won't drain the Kindle batt as it has it's own batts.
https://www.amazon.com/SYUKUYU-Contr...-20&pldnSite=1
It looks good, too bad the design, I don't like that it takes up space on the screen, however little it is. The idea is good.

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You can record an input event, say you click on the right side of the screen to turn a page, do:
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cat /dev/input/event1 > /tmp/event
Then, whenever you want, you can just 'replay' it with
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cat /tmp/event > /dev/input/event1
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This, maybe, could be a path to explore.
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It looks good, too bad the design, I don't like that it takes up space on the screen, however little it is. The idea is good.
It's pointless except to automate photographing the entire ebook automatically prior to OCR.
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