[mythtv] Controlling devices using MythTV via bluetooth

Colin Guthrie mythtv at colin.guthr.ie
Sun Jul 13 09:35:47 UTC 2008

Adilson Oliveira wrote:
> Adilson Oliveira escreveu:
>> Hi.
>> I, as some of you probably also, have a PS3 on my HT setup that I sue as
>> a blueray player.
>> I was wondering: my MythTV box has bluetooth so, couldn't I use it to
>> control my PS3 instead of having to rely on a second remote or use
>> something like the IR4PS3 devices? My first search for solution told me
>> yes, as the linux bluetooth stack is purely software, one could,
>> theoretically, make a bluetooth device emulate a remote control.
>> I would like to know if anyone of you ever thought about it and what do
>> you think?
> Well, as no one has answered I decided to answer myself :)
> I discovered that's actually quite possible. One can fake whatever
> device one wants by carefully adjusting the bluetooth underlying
> characteristics and creating the required services. One example I found
> is xkbd-bthid[1] that creates a virtual bluetooth keyboard.
> I tested quickly and was able to make my PS3 pair with my notebook
> thinking it's a keyboard.
> My next step will be to translate IR commands my mythtv box receives
> into keyboard commands that I'll send to my PS3.
> I'm not sure if I'll go all the way to emulate the remote as the
> keyboard should be enough and even more flexible.

This is interesting :)

Just out of curiosity, what kind of commands are you actually wanting to 
pass to the PS3 here? Is it just to control the BD player via a remote 
that works with your MythBox for convenience sake?



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