I bought a set of these wireless headphones because I was tired of being tethered to my laptop workstation with regular headphones. Oh what freedom! I like to listen to my iTunes library on shuffle and sometimes I'll push back my chair and get my groove on when some block rocking beats come on.
This is all fine and dandy until the next track is track 11 from my "Learn French Overnight" CD or my pzizz http://www.pzizz.com/ nap track. I have to shuffle over to my computer, Cmd-tab to iTunes, move the mouse to the next button and press it. By now the moment has passed and I plunk my sorry behind back in my chair
Then it hit me like a flash! I have the junk err.. materials to make something to keep the party going
Step 1: Gather Tools and Obtain Materials
- Wire cutters
- Wire strippers
- Screwdriver to open mouse case
- Soldering Iron
I had these items in my junk box, your mileage may vary...
- Retrofit wireless garage door opener. I have this because it was a retrofit on my 30 year old garage door opener that gave up the ghost last year. The new one has it built in.
- USB mouse
- Some two conductor wire
Maybe not so obvious:
A computer with music files, an app to play that music, and a spare USB port
Step 2: Hack the wireless garage door opener
My opener only has one button configured for use, but thats ok for this use.
It also has two nice terminals to screw down the wires to.
Strip two wires from your conductor wire and screw them down to the terminals.
Close up the case and move on to the next step