According to Pete: May 2012 Edition


Today is the first Monday of the month, which can only mean one thing - According to Pete! In this month's edition, Pete is starting to wrap up his audio project and in this video, finishes up his faders and provides us with a pretty nifty demonstration - check it out:

You can check out the Vimeo version here. If you have missed any of the previous "According to Pete" videos, or just want to re-watch some of them, check out our YouTube "According to Pete" playlist. As always, feel free to leave any comments, questions, critiques on Pete's wardrobe, and electronics themed haikus in the comments below.


Comments 22 comments

  • “Hello, and welcome to ‘According to Pete’ - the most awesome webisode of awesomeness ever.” Pete always makes my day, every month. :-)

  • Every time I see a new one of these posted, I have to stop what I’m doing and watch it. Keep up the good work.

  • Pete, I enjoyed your video and like your ideas. What if instead of remotely controlling a cheap MP3 player with your phone which probably has more storage and feature rich MP3 player with GUI, you could play the MP3s on the phone and use bluetooth with A2DP. I have come across this module before http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=320-352 . The reason I have found this module before is because I have had the same idea as you to remotely control an MP3 player with my phone…which is a fine MP3 player itself. Of course, adding this module will make the remote controlled faders useless. I don’t mean to post a link to a competitors website, I thought it was relevant. In case you are not familiar with parts express, they are like the sparkfun of the 80’s for audiophiles

    • We don’t mind the competitor’s links, and that’s a pretty cool little module. But… I expect that’s going to empty the battery on my phone even faster. And the range is only about 50 feet. Less if I’m under a car. If I got out of range, I’d rather have the control stop than the audio.

  • Google Play Link for the Bluetooth SPP app that Pete was using.

  • MOAR PETE!

  • I’ve done that with SMT components, the Stonehenge method, I call it. Also note that most SMD 2-terminal passives are stackable for paralleling.

  • Pete- I have been thinking about your idea about your MP3 player and hacking an already made one- One problem with the cheap MP3 players: they suck when it comes to navigation through your play list (like Sansa). If you’re like me and have over 500 albums, good luck finding what you want to listen to if you have to serially flip through your play list. I know most MP3 players canít handle that much music, but you still want to listen to what you want and what youíre in the mood for. luck

  • If you don’t want to program Java, you can always take a look at Qt. Has bluetooth support, available in GPL (or if it was LGPL) license and very easy to use. Using Qt Necessitas you have a very, very easy way to make custom apps for android phones.

  • j2me BT terminal for Symbian OS, devices with generic os… http://www.filefactory.com/file/ec7necc8pdb/n/BTSPC_zip

  • Is it possible to send audio from your phone over Bluetooth? It would make a much more convenient music player.

  • Hey, I’m learning to program Android devices… maybe I could write you a custom app for free if I can figure out how to send commands over Bluetooth, just cause you’re Pete and you’re awesome.

  • For all of the people complaining about Youtube being blocked, all of the youtube videos posted here appear to support HTML5 video playback. What does this mean for you? You can actually download the video without any kind of “hacks”, you just have to look in the HTML.

    Then, load the Youtube page for the video and look at the HTML source. Just search for div class="html5-video-content" and underneath that element is something that looks like this:

    video class="video-stream" x-webkit-airplay="allow" src="http://really long URL" tabindex="0" data-youtube-id="ekdQK6a0vRo"
    

    That long URL is the link you need to download the video.

    Put it all together, and to circumvent proxies, you should just need a simple shell account with access to lynx to view the HTML and download the video file to the shell account, and then to your computer..

    Yea, a big pain, but better than nothing

  • You should include some PID control into the slider movement. Also you learned what it took First Robotics 2 years to figure out. Bluetooth SUCKS when trying to do control commands of any kind.

  • Very nice. Enjoyed the epsisode! Great work!

  • Yes, please post the link of the “BT SSP”. I searched Google Play, but could not find it.

    Cheers!

  • Youtube and Vimeo are both blocked at my school. Is there any other way you could post these videos?

    • You could try Snoopblocker.com. It allows surfing through another server. (It’ll load pretty slow so watch out.)

    • Hmmm. I have the same problem at college. YouTube is downright blocked at certain times of the day, and Vimeo is seriously hindered by the proxy blocking styles and images, so that only embeds work. What I would suggest is looking for the type of software that blocks these sites at home (i.e. TinyProxy or Microsoft Forefront (although there are many more than those, they are just the two I have had to deal with)) and trying to find ways around it. If it’s open source and you fancy looking for backdoors, be my guest, but hey, that’s a ton of effort. Otherwise, try and find something on forums and Bulletin Boards, keeping in mind these things are supposed to be impregnable. I don’t condone this, but there are a number of solutions such as finding staff passwords, etc, but that will most likely be against your School’s Internet policy, if not illegal.

      tl;dr

      Hack and Crack

  • Could you please post a link to the second app (with the configuratable buttons)?


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