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Using a bluetooth keyboard as a pedal
#1
I'm only a small user of mobile sheets, nothing like as advanced as a lot of the forum users with pedals and performing and all that wonderful stuff. However I would still like to be able to move between pages while playing longer songs on my guitar.

Today I had an idea that worked out pretty well - I got the small bluetooth keyboard I use for my tablet and hooked that up while using mobilesheets. Now I can use my big toe to press the right arrow and left arrow keys while I'm playing. Its great as I can move between pages pretty easily, nothing like as clever as a pedal (that might be on the xmas list though), but I thought I'd share it as an idea for others out there.
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#2
I'm impressed. I'm lucky enough to hit the pedal with my foot, let alone an arrow key with my big toe!
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#3
Already been there, see my last post on this page - http://zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/forum/...280&page=2 .

Still waiting for my BT mouse to arrive, first one didn't work Sad
Graeme

1: Samsung 12.2" SM-P900: Android 5.0.2 
2: eSTAR GRAND HD Quad-Core 4G 10.2": Android 5.1 
3: Home-built BT pedal

Some of my music here
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#4
I made my own pedal unit using a mini Bluetooth keyboard but unfortunately it had timeout issues which I think are down to the keyboard itself rather than Android OS, as it happens on both tablets I have. I'll probably try again using the Adafruit Bluefruit EZ-Key module, which is ideal for such a DIY project.
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#5
I was thinking that timeout might be a problem. I guess it rather depends on how long it takes. Anything over 10 minutes would probably be OK for me, as I can't imagine there would be longer than that between pedal presses.

I like the look of the Adafruit module and could be persuaded that it was a better route than hacking a mouse. However, not only is it three times the price of a BT mouse, they want another $30 odd to ship it to me. Adding up the total cost, I could buy a commercial BT pedal for much the same money and without the hassle.

I'll try the mouse route first Smile .
Graeme

1: Samsung 12.2" SM-P900: Android 5.0.2 
2: eSTAR GRAND HD Quad-Core 4G 10.2": Android 5.1 
3: Home-built BT pedal

Some of my music here
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#6
Have you checked their international distributors? As you're in Spain, try http://www.cetronic.es for instance.

Someone on Twitter has mentioned using the module for use with Mobilesheets and said it worked fine with no timeout issues. I do agree that it's a bit pricey overall though, there are obviously cheaper alternatives.
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#7
Thanks for that link - useful looking stuff there. I'll keep it in mind, if my original idea fails to work.
Graeme

1: Samsung 12.2" SM-P900: Android 5.0.2 
2: eSTAR GRAND HD Quad-Core 4G 10.2": Android 5.1 
3: Home-built BT pedal

Some of my music here
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#8
BT mouse is working good for me, with a Lenovo S2109 tablet. Put it on a small piece of plywood, on top of a "sticky mat" (home goods store- drawer liner). And tape over the laser underneath the mouse.
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#9
Mine works beautifully! Smile 

I used rubber stoppers sliced in half as 'key extensions' for easier foot actuation.
The rubber bits are attached to the selected keys with blu-tack, but you could use a more permanent cement/glue.

The Air-Turn pedals look nice, but no way can I afford $150+. Sad
I could be wrong, it happened once before.
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#10
The dedicated pedals are, indeed, expensive. You have to remember it's a relatively small target market and the high price is needed to cover the cost of R&D and making a profit. That said, I see you can now buy one for a little over 60 euros, so they are getting cheaper.

I tried the hacked mouse mouse/keyboard route for a while but was plagued with timeout problems and I never found a way to overcome them.

In the end, I went for the EZ-Key module and built my own pedal set, details of the construction are in this post - http://zubersoft.com/mobilesheets/forum/...p?tid=2254 . This has proved extremely reliable in use.
Graeme

1: Samsung 12.2" SM-P900: Android 5.0.2 
2: eSTAR GRAND HD Quad-Core 4G 10.2": Android 5.1 
3: Home-built BT pedal

Some of my music here
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