Single small button/key for ejecting disks?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by drewcare, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. drewcare macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2003
    I'm thinking about using a mini as a HTPC (if they ever update the thing...), and I was just thinking about ejecting DVD/CDs... since the mini itself doesn't have any eject button I was thinking about a small device that could sit next to the mini with the sole purpose of performing an eject. The Griffin PowerMate looks like exactly what I need, but its expensive, and quite overkill. Has anyone heard of anything like this?

    I'm also willing to look into hacking up a keyboard and just providing one key to push...

    Are there any existing projects/existing products that do what I describe?
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    take a look at remote buddy.

    you can map the buttons on the apple remote to any program (one of the default actions is disk eject)

    you can also use a wii-mote (connects via bluetooth). I hacked together a "sensor bar" from a couple LEDs, a resistor and an old USB cable, so now i can use it as a mouse.
    the range is good enough to use as a remote from anywhere in my apartment.
  3. drewcare thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2003
    I'm more interested in a physical button that can be located near the mini and can eject the disk. I plan on replacing a DVD player with the mini, and for ease of use for my wife I'd like to have some sort of eject button...
  4. drewcare thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2003
    After thinking a bit, I might just go for a USB numeric keypad. It should be small enough to sit next to the mini, and I'm pretty sure I can re-map keys to eject via system preferences. Any suggestions as to a keypad?
  5. tefleming macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2006
    I think a usb mouse with an extra button should be able to do this. Might be abit cheaper than buying a num pad.

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