Complete newbie question-button to pc interface

hi, I am a real newbie. Is this possible with an arduino...

I am wanting to remotely control my computer from my garage. I would like a panel of buttons that can turn the volume up and down, maybe pause or skip a track that is playing in winamp or similar application. Is this possible? If so any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Andrew

I have little experience with it, and know even less about Winamp, Processing might be what you
need though.
It more or less is a family-member of the Arduino-IDE and freeware. Instead of programming the
arduino-board, you can use it to program your computer, manipulate other programs and talk to
the Arduino. Language used is quite similar to Arduino.

Quite a while ago I saw a project where someone played videos in winamp and was able to get a rough image of the colors on screen. With RGB-leds driven by arduino he was able to light the wall behind it in the colors of the edges.

How he did it is still a big question for me, but I would guess functions like next, vol+, vol-
could be possible though.

http://processing.org/
http://www.winamp.com/

Simpson_Jr: I have little experience with it, and know even less about Winamp, Processing might be what you need though. It more or less is a family-member of the Arduino-IDE and freeware. Instead of programming the arduino-board, you can use it to program your computer, manipulate other programs and talk to the Arduino. Language used is quite similar to Arduino.

Quite a while ago I saw a project where someone played videos in winamp and was able to get a rough image of the colors on screen. With RGB-leds driven by arduino he was able to light the wall behind it in the colors of the edges.

How he did it is still a big question for me, but I would guess functions like next, vol+, vol- could be possible though.

http://processing.org/ http://www.winamp.com/

more or less what he said :D

i would suggest looking at Winamp and setting it up to use normal keys on the keyboard for the functions you want. So A for play , B for pause etc once you have that working in winamp and you can control it via the keyboard, its a simple case of writing a program using Processing to monitor the serial connection on your PC that the Arduino is connected to(i.e. the arduino) for certain inputs, and then get Processing to mimic a keypress that relates to the function you want.

If this sounds like what your after let me know and i will see if i can dig up some youtube tutorials on how to-do the serial to PC communication.

i would suggest looking at Winamp and setting it up to use normal keys on the keyboard for the functions you want. So A for play , B for pause etc once you have that working in winamp and you can control it via the keyboard, its a simple case of

skipping application development on the PC altogether, and using GoBetwino. Google it...

Thanks very much. I haven't even bought an arduino yet but I think I will today! It sounds like a really good board to do lots of things with.

The project you saw sounds very complicated - but VERY cool too! I am the type of guy that would strive to do something like that (sum-what of a hobbyist) so I see lots of projects in the future.

Thanks for you help.

Simpson_Jr: I have little experience with it, and know even less about Winamp, Processing might be what you need though. It more or less is a family-member of the Arduino-IDE and freeware. Instead of programming the arduino-board, you can use it to program your computer, manipulate other programs and talk to the Arduino. Language used is quite similar to Arduino.

Quite a while ago I saw a project where someone played videos in winamp and was able to get a rough image of the colors on screen. With RGB-leds driven by arduino he was able to light the wall behind it in the colors of the edges.

How he did it is still a big question for me, but I would guess functions like next, vol+, vol- could be possible though.

http://processing.org/ http://www.winamp.com/

Thank you PaulS. I did Google it and its exactly what I want!! Keyboard shortcuts in winamp was my guess to make it all work. I am excited now that I can see potential to do a lot of things!

PaulS:

i would suggest looking at Winamp and setting it up to use normal keys on the keyboard for the functions you want. So A for play , B for pause etc once you have that working in winamp and you can control it via the keyboard, its a simple case of

skipping application development on the PC altogether, and using GoBetwino. Google it...