Sony PS3 BD Remote

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An angled view of the Sony PS3 Bluetooth remote control.

Sony uses Bluetooth for wireless controllers including the BD Remote (Blueray Disc). The makes for a decent remote option

Here are the advantages

  • Inexpensive ($25 USD)
  • Reasonable layout (51 buttons with separate arrows/seeking controls)
  • Radio Frequency operation (better range, non-line-of-sight)
  • Bluetooth pairing - multiple remotes don't interfere, no picking channels to use


Linux

Cakemote - Python script that reads key presses

bdremote - Daemon that directs bdremote data to LIRC (a cakemote successor)

myth-btremote - Daemon that supports the bd remote with mythtv's network remote infrastructure

Build

Get latest source (0.2 at this writing), unpack, and make

cp -p bdremoted /usr/local/sbin/bdremoted

Bluetooth Address of Remote

Hold 'Start' and 'Enter' buttons on the remote

 # hcitool scan
 Scanning ...
           00:19:C1:4F:BE:64       BD Remote Control
 #

bdremote Configuration

/etc/bdremote.conf

# Port number for incoming LIRCD connections
# Default is 8888
BDREMOTE_PORT=
# Disconect timeout for remote in minutes
# Default is 60
BDREMOTE_TIMEOUT=
# Bluetooth address of remote
# Set to address obtained from 'hcitool scan'
# Leave empty to disable
BDREMOTE_ADDR=
# Key repeat rate in repeats per second
# Default is 10
BDREMOTE_RATE=
# Debug level
# Default is 0
BDREMOTE_DEBUG=

bdremote Startup script /etc/init.d/bdremote

#!/bin/sh
#
#

BDREMOTED=/usr/local/sbin/bdremoted
BDREMOTE_CONF=/etc/bdremote.conf 

test -f "$BDREMOTED" || exit 0

if [ -f "$BDREMOTE_CONF" ]; then
    . "$BDREMOTE_CONF"
fi


case "$1" in
    start)
        echo -n "Starting bdremote daemon: "
        BDREMOTE_ARGS="$BDREMOTE_ARGS ${BDREMOTE_PORT:+-p $BDREMOTE_PORT}"
        BDREMOTE_ARGS="$BDREMOTE_ARGS ${BDREMOTE_TIMEOUT:+-t $BDREMOTE_TIMEOUT}"
        BDREMOTE_ARGS="$BDREMOTE_ARGS ${BDREMOTE_ADDR:+-a $BDREMOTE_ADDR}"
        BDREMOTE_ARGS="$BDREMOTE_ARGS ${BDREMOTE_RATE:+-r $BDREMOTE_RATE}"
        BDREMOTE_ARGS="$BDREMOTE_ARGS ${BDREMOTE_DEBUG:+-d $BDREMOTE_DEBUG}"

        if [ -z "$BDREMOTE_ADDR" ]; then
           echo -n "none configured"
        else
            start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --exec "$BDREMOTED" -- $BDREMOTE_ARGS
        fi
        echo
        ;;
    stop)
        echo -n "Stopping bdremote daemon: "
        start-stop-daemon --stop --quiet --exec "$BDREMOTED"
        echo
        ;;
    restart)
        $0 stop
        $0 start
        ;;
    *)
        echo "Usage: /etc/init.d/bdremote {start|stop|restart}"
        exit 1
esac

exit 0

Configure lircd

Modify /etc/lirc/hardware.conf

# Arguments which will be used when launching lircd
LIRCD_ARGS="-H null --connect 127.0.0.1:8888"

Configure bluetooth

hidd doesn't seem to get along with bdremoted. The distribution default seems ok.

/etc/default/bluetooth

BLUETOOTH_ENABLED=1
HIDD_ENABLED=0

Enable startup scripts

# Turn on bdremote before lirc
for runlevel in 2 3 4 5; do
    ln -s ../init.d/bdremote /etc/rc${runlevel}.d/S18bdremote
done
for runlevel in 0 1 6; do
    ln -s ../init.d/bdremote /etc/rc${runlevel}.d/K82bdremote
done

Configure Applications

# ln -s ~/.lircrc ~mythtv/.mythtv/lircrc

~mythtv/.lircrc

include ~/.lirc/mythtv

Mythtv

Some editing of mythtv key bindings required for the lircrc below through Utilities/Setup → Edit Keys
Context 	Action 	Original Setting 	New Setting 	Note
Global 	EJECT 	<none> 	Ctrl+4 	Eject Removable Media
JumpPoints 	Main Menu 	<none> 	Ctrl+1 	Main Menu
JumpPoints 	Program Guide 	<none> 	Ctrl+2 	Program Guide
JumpPoints 	TV Recording Playback 	<none> 	Ctrl+3 	TV Recording Playback
TV Playback 	SPEEDDEC 	J 	Ctrl+J 	Decrease the playback speed (match with SPEEDINC)
TV Playback 	SPEEDINC 	U 	Ctrl+U 	Increase the playback speed (avoid miskey for TV Frontend→DETAILS)
TV Playback 	STRETCHDEC 	<none> 	Ctrl+9 	Decrease time stretch speed
TV Playback 	STRETCHINC 	<none> 	Ctrl+0 	Increase time stretch speed
TV Playback 	TOGGLECC608 	<none> 	Ctrl+8 	Toggle VBI CC


~mythtv/.lirc/mythtv

##########
# LIRC mappings for mythtv

# Need to edit key for Global->EJECT
begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = eject
    config = Ctrl+4
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = audio
    config = +
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = angle
    config = W
end

# Need to edit key for desired captioning behavior, e.g.,
# TV Playback->TOGGLECC608      Toggle VBI CC
# TV Playback->TOGGLECC708      Toggle ATSC CC
# TV Playback->NEXTCC           Next of any captions
begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = subtitle
    config = Ctrl+8
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = clear
    config = Backspace
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = time
    config = F8
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num1
    config = 1
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num2
    config = 2
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num3
    config = 3
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num4
    config = 4
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num5
    config = 5
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num6
    config = 6
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num7
    config = 7
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num8
    config = 8
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num9
    config = 9
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = num0
    config = 0
end

#begin
#    prog   = mythtv
#    remote = SonyBDRemote
#    button = red
#    config = XXX
#end

#begin
#    prog   = mythtv
#    remote = SonyBDRemote
#    button = green
#    config = XXX
#end

#begin
#    prog   = mythtv
#    remote = SonyBDRemote
#    button = blue
#    config = XXX
#end

#begin
#    prog   = mythtv
#    remote = SonyBDRemote
#    button = yellow
#    config = XXX
#end

# Need to edit key for TV Frontend->DETAILS
begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = display
    config = U
end

# Need to edit key for JumpPoints->Main Menu
begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = topmenu
    config = Ctrl+1
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = popup
    config = M
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = return
    config = Esc
end

##########

# Need to edit key for JumpPoints->TV Recording Playback
begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = ps
    config = Ctrl+3
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = select
    config = Return
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = start
    config = Space
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = triangle
    config = M
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = circle
    config = Esc
end

# Need to edit key for JumpPoints->Program Guide
begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = square
    config = Ctrl+2
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = cross
    config = I
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = up
    repeat = 1
    delay  = 4
    config = Up
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = down
    repeat = 1
    delay  = 4
    config = Down
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = left
    config = Left
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = right
    config = Right
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = enter
    config = Return
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = l1
    config = Home
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = r1
    config = End
end

# Need to edit key for TV Playback->STRETCHDEC
begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = l2
    config = Ctrl+9
end

# Need to edit key for TV Playback->STRETCHINC
begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = r2
    config = Ctrl+0
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = l3
    config = [
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = r3
    config = ]
end

##########

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = play
    config = Space
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = stop
    config = Esc
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = pause
    config = P
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = scanrev
    config = <
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = scanfwd
    config = >
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = prev
    config = Q
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = next
    config = Z
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = steprev
    config = Left
end

begin
    prog   = mythtv
    remote = SonyBDRemote
    button = stepfwd
    config = Right
end

Linux MythTV Networked Bluetooth Remote

This module follows the work of MythControl on source forge and Antion Starikov's work for the PS3 BD remote driver. The two code bases are combined into a single element.

The file can be downloaded at: myth-btremote

The setup is the same as the standard LIRC interface, apart from the LIRC configuration, except that within the archive is a file for compiling/installing the driver, and also a set of files that are listed above, i.e. /etc/myth_btremote.conf, /etc/init.d/myth-btremoted which are useful for registering the daemon as a service.

The configuration file for the remote looks like :

#enter 
#ps 
#select 
#l3 
#r3 
#start 
#up 
#right 
#down 
#left 
#l2 
#r2 
#l1 
#r1 
#triangle 
#circle 
#cross 
#square 
num1 key 1
num2 key 2
num3 key 3
num4 key 4
num5 key 5
num6 key 6
num7 key 7
num8 key 8
num9 key 9
num0 key 0
return key escape 
#clear 
#eject 
#topmenu 
#time 
#prev 
#next 
#play 
#scanrev 
#scanfwd 
#stop 
#pause 
#popup 
#steprev 
#stepfwd 
#subtitle 
#audio 
#angle 
#display 
#blue 
#red  
#green 
#yellow 


All that is needed is to uncomment a line as you decide which key you want to use, and you just assign an action that is supported by the network interface List of supported commands

Mac OS X

Not so much for free support yet

Remote Buddy

Features virtual keyboard; support for keyspan, ps3bd, wiimote; ~$20/single license, less for more

Remote Buddy - Product Page

WiiLi - GNU Linux Port to Wii: Remote Buddy


DarwiinRemote

Cocoa app to receive/data Nintendo Wii Remote

SourceForge - Source

Hiro Blog - Announcing DarwiinRemote

WiiLi - GNU Linux Port to Wii: DarwiinRemote