[mythtv] Controlling devices using MythTV via bluetooth

buzz davidbuzz at gmail.com
Mon Jul 14 23:16:13 UTC 2008

may I suggest trying out any/some of the following (in no particular order)?

remuco - http://remuco.sf.net  "Remuco is a duplex remote control
system for Linux media players and mobile devices equipped with
Bluetooth or WiFi. "
Xbtrc - http://www.vf.utwente.nl/~dijkhw/index.php/Katlijk/Xbtrc
"Remote Control application for X11 over BlueTooth "
Bluemote - http://www.geocities.com/saravkrish/progs/bluemote/  "T610
(or compatible Sony Ericsson phones) as a remote for your Linux PC."
BluePad - http://www.valeriovalerio.org/bluepad/ "BluePad turns your
cell phone into a remote bluetooth controller"

If you can get any of them talking the LIRC protocol, then you can go
bluetooth->[someapp]->lirc->mythtv and not have to map directly to X11
key events or stuffing virtual keyboard keystrokes.


On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 7:35 PM, Colin Guthrie <mythtv at colin.guthr.ie> wrote:
> 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?
> Col
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