Bluetooth Rally Remotes - RallyBlitz app compatible

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  1. rides2little

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    Now producing in limited quantities....

    For those that wish to purchase a set, instead of building your own, we have here a dedicated bluetooth remote and handlebar button set compatible with the full version of the RallyBlitz Nav Pro app for the iPad mini (thread here) that allows for Odometer adjustment and roadbook advance/reverse as well. The base app is free (done by another inmate here) but to use the Bluetooth remotes and other enhanced functions you have to buy the full app. I know the buttons work with other apps that use volume +/- and next/previous track inputs, even on android devices.

    The button housings are from Highway Dirt Bikes. I have run a set for the last 3 years for thousands of miles with no issues, soldered and wired just like these are. The buttons themselves are metal housings and waterproof/dustproof. The backs of the switches and wires are sealed with potting silicone (non-corrosive). They may not be the prettiest but it works well. The odometer adjustments are in the standard +/- 0.1 increments. All the buttons will work with a continuous push and will scroll continuously or change the odometer until released.

    The bluetooth boards are the Adafruit Feather 32u4, programmed with the latest RallyBlitz keyboard emulator programming. The boards are powered by the USB cable and have backup power from a small lithium battery in the case. When plugged into a USB port the switches are automatically powered on. The rocker switch on the case allows for the internal battery to power the device and battery charging if connected to a USB connection. There is battery charging/discharging safety built into the board but as with any battery these days be mindful to turn the device off and make sure all the lights are off on when done. I would strongly recommend the BlueSeas USB ports wired with a 5amp fuse to the battery to supply power to the iPad mini and the button set.

    The translucent case allows you to see the status of the board via its 3 lights. When you power it on there is a red flashing light. Once paired there is a solid blue light and when charging the onboard battery there is a yellow light at the other end of the board.

    To pair with your iDevice:
    1) Turn on bluetooth on device.
    2) Power on button set.
    3) Select 'RallyBlitz Control' from available connections (Android may see 'Adafruit device' or similar)
    4) Accept 'Pair' in popup.

    No need to click any pair buttons on the device or to open the enclosure!

    The board enclosure and rocker switch are NOT waterproof and should be placed somewhere they won't get drenched.

    The cost for one button set is $140 plus shipping. I will accept paypal (even credit cards) and checks once they clear. Shipping charges will just be whatever USPS charges, nothing beyond that.

    Please PM me here with your address if you are interested in a set and I will get you a total cost with shipping. (For those lurking and not members you can email me at seearebe 'at' netscape.net.)

    Let me know if you have any questions. I will try and be timely in responses but I do have a day job and am not always in front of a computer.



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    The black cable would be ziptied safely to the bars, this was just a quick mockup to show the buttons on the bars of a bike.

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    The bottom two buttons can rotate a bit, side to side, to personalize the fit as you wish, just an allen bolt accessible on the back.

    Here is a quick video showing how the buttons work with the Rally Blitz Pro app.

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  2. OLDBEN

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    Well done R2L / HDB. Those look sweet!
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    canadius_maximus Quaere verum

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    Wow. How awesome!

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    Just so I'm clear, each set has all five buttons? I've never seen HDB buttons in 5 button clusters, only their 2 or 3 button clusters.

    Related to that, what was the rationale for the 5th (2nd odo-0.1) button? Not judging. Just curious.

    I'm a few months away on my rebuild to still address the nav switches - but will pm you to get the ball rolling.

    Congrats in advance. You've identified a great opportunity-may it be "fruitful" :lol3

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    @canadius_maximus Thanks, legitimate question.
    The 5 button setup is what Paul was creating already for a traditional rally setup with the top three buttons being used for ICO/RNS type trip meters with Mode/+/- .... Cheaper than re-tooling for just 2 buttons and more aesthetically pleasing than leaving an empty hole in the current mount I chose to install two odo - buttons.
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  5. shiskowd

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    Great timing! I just purchased a iPad mini 2 and have a Lifeproof case the mount on the way. Can you post a picture of the buttons installed on a set of bars?

    Thanks!
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  6. DirtJack

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    The bottom 2 button cluster is attached (can be removed) to the top 3 button cluster. I have a set from Paul where the bottom (black) button of the upper cluster is wired to generate RB up which I prefer over the ODO back. That way I have the 3 most often used buttons in the top cluster of 3 switches.

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    See image in original post now. Is that what you were looking for?
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    The only reason I didn't do it that way is that if you do transition into a traditional paper setup at some point the scroll function is all lower thumb motion with the toggles typical to those units. The top three are typically just ODO trip meter oriented.

    The bottom two buttons on these setups are physically wired to the top portion and therefore are not completely removeable, only enough to get the lower half of the bar clamp on and off the bars. There is also only one cable going back to the bluetooth controller. This is done from a cost and simplicity standpoint.
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  9. DirtJack

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    I wasn't very clear in my previous post. The bottom button of the top cluster and the left button of the bottom cluster are both wired/programmed to do RB forward.

    I haven't potted my switches yet, what type of silicone did you use?
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    I completely understood your comment, no confusion. See my revised post above that you quoted.

    I have used Loctite 5040 and MG Chemicals premium RTV Silicone. The important thing is to get one that doesn't have Acetic Acid or smell like vinegar.
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  11. pilo

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    Great news and I'm very excited these are happening.
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  12. DirtJack

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    Thanks for your response. I like what you are doing. I get your reasoning now. I'm and old guy who will never be doing any kind of racing again so I will never have to re-train my lower left thumb for the RB toggles. I'm just having fun learning RB navigation. I've always used maps (including Google and other) to plan rides and sometimes build roll charts. The digital way of doing this seems very appropriate for me, being a retired university CS prof. :D
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    Ah, mode select - hence 3 buttons. Makes sense.

    Great looking setup.

    Thx.
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    Yup - that helps. I'll send you a pm when I got my build to that point.
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    Looking good Chris, with all the parts and touch labor it's a bargain at that price!
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    Agreed, that price is very reasonable.
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  17. barnold99

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    Here's what the setup looks like without the "second" odo button. Great work on these Chris!

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  18. Gany

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    How stable is that ram mount ipad setup?
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    @Gany The 1.5" ball holds it really well. This is larger than the standard 1" stuff. The iPad and case don't weigh very much at all so there isn't a ton of mass to keep from moving.
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    Currently only have the blue/yellow set ready to ship. Building more over this weekend with red/black buttons. Thanks for those that have purchased already and should be getting them soon.
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