[TIP] Configurable SonyEricsson Bluetooth Remote with XBMC for Linux, Mac, & Windows

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Hi,

Most modern SonyEricsson mobile phones with bluetooth has the remote control software installed. The default installation comes with three configurations: Presenter, MediaPlayer and Desktop. I've been using the Desktop mode to control xbmc, it has mousecontrol and directional keys. It's a little sparse so I couldn't use it all the time but then I stumbled upon the "Bluetooth Remote Control V4.0" from SonyEricsson.

This is a software that you can configure all the available buttons on your SonyEricsson phone. My phone (W610) has 22 buttons that you can assign to keys or kombinations of keys(alt+tab and such). You can even create your own image to combine with the keymap. I recently found this program so I haven't created "the perfect" XBMC map. But I you do, please share the .HID file!

From what I can understand, this bluetooth remote is HID compatible so it should mean that it also works in linux. Not the configuration software though.

Link to the software: Bluetooth Remote Control tool 4.0 - Windows (2.2 MB) (it's also available for mac, not linux though)

Screenshot of the software:
[Image: sercs.jpg]


To transfer the file to the phone use this:
[Image: SendViaBluetooth.JPG]
screenshot on how it could look on your SE phone:
[Image: 100_1691.JPG]

Anyone knows wich are the 22 most common keys in xbmc?
1: Left
2: Right
3: Up
4: Down
5: Return
6: Menukey
7: P
8: Backspace
9: ESC
10: TAB
11: SPACE
12: X
13: Period
14: Comma
15: U
16: D
17: O
18: T
19: -
20: +
21: I
22:
(This post was last modified: 2008-11-30 00:56 by watzen.)
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Post: #2
googled around a bit and tried it myself, it works on linux too.
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Link http://www.mediafire.com/?dusy4mdmbmm

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Do you know if this will work on any other bluetooth capable phone? I have a Samsung Glyde and would love to use the touchscreen to control XBMC. That would be friggin sweet!

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No, the software is preinstalled on SonyEricsson phones and I don't think you can download it anywhere.

try to google "j2me" "hid" and see if you can find any universal software. I know that there are some that requires you to install a server application on the computer.
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Post: #6
I'll look into it and post my findings.

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SWEET !!! That's exactly what i need Nod Big Grin
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Thanks for the tip! Big Grin

I bought a cheap class 1 (100m) usb BT-stick and tried the recommended bluesoleil drivers first, they worked pretty good at first but then they stopped working all of a sudden. Luckily windows' built-in drivers worked good by them selves after I uninstalled bluesoleil Tongue

I'm using a W660i and since it's bluetooth transceiver isn't as powerful as the one I use in my HTPC it works good up to about 5 meters. Some times (not too ofter luckily) it gets stuck on repeat when scrolling through items in XBMC. It would be nice if this could be avioded using some clever key mapping. Any tips? Smile

I also played around with different kind of images since the one generated from SE's program looks pretty bad when using custom keys. I noticed that (atleast on my W660i) large images arn't displayed in fullscreen, they are zoomed out a bit. And strangely each time the mobile screen goes to sleep and you wake it up again by pressing a key the image gets a little bit large each time. Really strange behavior :confused2: So after testing a buch of different image sizes I worked out that the maximum image size for W660i is 168x212 pixels (that's 4px of spacing around all edges from full resolution). Both JPEG and PNG images works (didn't test GIF), just import them to the sonyericsson tool and save (ignore the size warning).

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There is an eventclient made by me which should work on all platforms and makes all buttons mappable, it to is mainly SE aswell.

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Dunno how other SE mobiles do, but I can't get the camera button on my w660i to send anything. No matter what key I tried mapping to it, windows never seem to receive anything when I press that button. All other keys works as they should.

I don't care that much about it, but if anyone knows something... Wink

btw, I tested some more images and GIF also works Smile The manual actually states that all images the phone's image handler can handle are supported in the hid file. So if the phone's web browser can show the image it'll probably work just as well as background image for the remote control program.
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@watzen

how did you get it working with linux?

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I got it to work with a bit elbow grease...but i don't remember how i did it. I purchased a dinovo mini and has been living happily ever after Wink

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thx.

i'll try it with wine...

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i've just found out, that it seems to work out-of-the-box with ubuntu.

link: (german)
http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php...ntent=6028

and english:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Blueto...oteControl

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Post: #15
works very nice.

i'll make a new layout for the HID next week.

in ubuntu you just have to pair your device once.
after that you can start the application on your mobile when ever you want to controll xbmc with it.

one of my blue-tooth dongels, which works perfectly with my wii-remote, didn't work with my mobile phone.
it did pairing (and files can be send from the htpc to the phone) but the remote-app didn't work.
the other one works out-of-the-box.

very nice.
thx.

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