Recently I was looking for a remote to install on my motorcycle, to activate Google Now and control music reproduction: everything that I’ve found was over 50 euro, so I started to think… could it be that there’s a cheaper option?
Looking for ideas on the internet, this post gave me one: thanks to a free app, I’m now able to launch Google Now and skip songs from a cheap (2.05 euro shipped from eBay) bluetooth selfie remote (AB Shutter 3)!
No audio: the iPhone 4 that I used to shoot has a broken mic.
The remote is recognized as a keyboard:
Android button ENTER Keycode 28
iOS button VOLUME_UP Keycode 115
so, I just had to find an app that assigned to that codes new functions.
So, we need:
- An Android smartphone 😀
- A bluetooth selfie remote (AB Shutter 3, but I think you can use more or less everything that is recognized as an input device!)
- Keyboard Helper Demo
- Decide what you what the remote to do: start an app per button (Google Now and Tasker)? Start an app and execute a special function (start Deezer with one button and skip songs with the other)?
- Pair the phone and the remote, turning it on (blue light blinking) and activating the bluetooth on your phone and looking for “AB Shutter 3” (during the pairing you might see just the MAC address of the remote: click on it anyway).I know, screenshots are in italian… but I’m sure that this won’t stop you! 😉
- Once downloaded, Keyboard Helper Demo will install two apps:”EKH Switch IME”, that you’ll use to switch back to your on-screen keyboard of choice (you won’t be able to write anything as long as the remote is connected, be aware!), and “EKH Settings”; open this one, go to “Advanced settings”->”Customize keyboard mappings”->”Customize keyboard mappings”.
- Now, tap on the first button (“Keycode”), and then on the left of the “Scancode” box, tap “Change”.
- Click on one of the remote buttons: if you press the big one, “115” should appear in the box, otherwise “28” for the small one.
- We can now decide which option to assign at the button: a standard “Keycode” function, or starting an app.
- In the first case, “Keycode” must be selected, and we can go looking for the function in the drop-down menu (e.g. I assigned the small button, “28”, to skip songs with “Play Next media”). When you decide, tap “Save”.
- Instead, if you want to start an app, deselect “Keycode”, and in the “Normal” box write “A0” (the keyboard doesn’t appear? Switch back to the old one with “EKH Switch IME”! 😉 ), and tap “Save”.Now go back to the first “Customize keyboard mappings”, and select “Application Shortcuts”.From the list, tap on “A0”: it will list all the apps that you have installed. For me, Google Now was labeled “App Google”, so keep looking if you can’t find what you know you have installed! 😉
If my instructions weren’t clear, read the guide from the developer!
Repeat the above instruction to assign a keycode or an app to the remaining button, and you’re done.
Otherwise, you can assign something only to the iOS button, and leave the Android one as is to shoot selfies…
Just remember to use “EKH Switch IME” to switch back to your old on-screen keyboard! 😀