Bluetooth Bike Audio Remote

Introduction: Bluetooth Bike Audio Remote

Like me, lots of people drive their bike while enjoying some music from their earbuds. Most of the time the smartphone rests in my pocket, but I regularly take it out to change the song, the volume, or even for pausing the music. Not necessarily a contribution to road safety. Therefore, I decided to make an audio remote control for my bike!

Step 1: Getting the Pieces

1. RN 42 bluetooth module (it supports the HID protocol)

2. Attiny85 or an equivalent small microcontroller + programmer (I used an Arduino Uno)

3. 5 way tactile switch (like this one)

4. Wires and heat shrink tubes

5. Access to a 3d printer

6. A small lithium battery

In case of an Attiny85: two diodes (I used the 1N4148)

Step 2: Short Technical Description

For controlling the music on a smartphone, I decided two use the bluetooth HID protocol, which is used for emulating keyboards and other input devices. I looked up the datasheet of the RN42 bluetooth module and found commands for emulating several media keys, such as volume, next/prev track and play/pause.

The 5 way switch will function as follows:

  • up/down: volume
  • left/right: previous/next track
  • press in middle: play/pause

The RN42 can be controlled via UART. Therefore, I decided to use an Attiny85 as bridge between the button and the RN42.

Step 3: Design the Circuit

The design is quite straightforward; The 5 pins of the 5 way switch are connected to the microcontroller, and the common pin is connected to the ground. I used the internal pull-ups of the Attiny85 (see the arduino code below) for preventing floating values.

However, there was one challenge: while the Attiny85 only has 5 usable pins, 5 pins are required for the switch and 1 pin is required (TX can be ignored) for the RN42 RX. The solution was simple: combine two pins of the switch to simulate an additional input. For this I used two diodes, as you can see in schematic.

Step 4: Solder the Pieces

Solder the pieces according to schematics; I love heat shrink tubes, so I used them frequently.

Step 5: The Code!

See the code attached; I required the TinyDebugSerial library from jscrane:

To flash the code to the attiny85, I used an Arduino Uno as ISP programmer. See this instructable.


Step 6: Design the Case!

Of course you can use my stl files; I decide to use a horseshoe formfactor, so it can fit around the handlebar. I added a batterycase at the bottom, which can be easily detached.

Step 7: Enjoy the Music!

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2 years ago

What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing your remote!