A month or so ago Gabe posted about using Anki while driving using Anki's gesture feature. I thought I would share my method for doing the same, which requires a bit more outlay but is, IMO, easier and safer while driving. I'm in my fourth year of medical school; I've been both learning the incredible amount of information required in medical school by using Anki (which has stood me in very good stead compared to my peers when it comes to board exams) *and* I have spent 2 hours on the road each day for the past three years due to living an inadvisably far distance from my school's associated hospital system. Early in my second year I realized I needed to combine these two things and use Anki while driving if I ever wanted to have time to do things like sleep, so I've had some time to figure out the best way to do it. Now that I'm done with all of my school and most of my board exams, I'm continuing the habit by using Anki and Fluent Forever to learn Spanish; studying a language while driving is actually easier because you don't always need to look at the card. I can only attest that the below works for an Android system, as I have not tried it out on an Apple system, but I am assuming that the iOS Anki app is similar enough to the AnkiDroid app that it will work. My apologies if it does not. 1) If you need to look at the cards while studying -- for example, for 'what is the word for' picture cards -- I really, really recommend not trying to study while driving 70 mph on the freeway or other types of driving where you should not be looking away from the road even for a second. Driving in heavy traffic is, actually, the best time to be doing these kinds of cards because you spend most of your time stopped. Please do not do anything unsafe. I do not want to see you when I am working. 2) Buy a bluetooth media button that clips onto your steering wheel. I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/Satechi-Bluetooth-Button-iPhone-Samsung/dp/B00RM75NL0/ref=pd_sbs_107_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=DC9T7C2A22ZC9SKEB7MW I have bought it three times now because I keep accidentally knocking it off my steering wheel and losing it in strange parking lots. My best advice is to ziptie it to your steering wheel so this does not happen. (You can poke holes in the plastic bits that go around the steering wheel to facilitate this.) Despite this frustration, it's still the best option in my experience; I've tried several of the others on the market and they are not as easy to use or as functional. 3) Pair said bluetooth media button with your phone. 4) Only necessary if you are going to be using flashcards that require you to glance at them while studying: some kind of dashboard mount that will hold your phone in a practical position for your eyes while driving. Technically you can do without this, but the less time your eyes are away from the road, the safer you will be, so please make wise decisions about where you position your phone. Looking down at the passenger seat every time you need to look at a card is probably not a good idea. 5) Get an app that lets you map a keyboard onto a paired device. I use External Keyboard Helper Pro, which is an Android app; I am sure there are similar apps for iOS. 6) The Anki app (I should specify: the Android Anki app; I *assume* the Apple Android app works the same way, but I've never actually used it so I can't be sure) has keyboard shortcuts mapped to the buttons on a card. These are the same keyboard shortcuts on the desktop app. "1" is the "again" button; "2" is "hard"; "3" and "space" and "enter" are all "good"; and "4" is "easy". Space and enter both show the "back" of the card. Use your keyboard mapping app to map the buttons on the bluetooth media device to "1", "2", etc. in a way that makes sense to you. For example, I mapped the "forward" button to "space", which means I hit it when I want to show a card and when I would hit "good", which is the button I use most often. I mapped the "back" button to "1", as "again" is the button I use next often. I mapped "volume up" and "volume down" to "3" and "4". With those four buttons, I can get through an entire deck without having to touch my phone once. 7) You will have to set up Anki and the media button before you start driving: open Anki, open the deck you want to work on, and then hit any button on the media button. If you're on Android (again, I assume it will be similar on an iOS device), after a few seconds (while the bluetooth engages) a dialog will pop up asking you what keyboard you want to use. Choose "external keyboard helper" or whatever keyboard mapping app you are using. That will tell your phone you are now inputting data from the media button. You then can start using the media button to go through your deck. Please learn from my mistakes and set this up BEFORE you start driving. It is really unpleasant (and unsafe) to struggle with your phone trying to make sure it is using the right input while also driving. I hope this helps anyone who wants to utilize their commute time for studying.

* Originally posted by angualupin.

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  • Hi,

    Thanks for the tips!

    Best wishes,
    Fluent Forever Team

    * Originally posted by Hillary Jackson.
  • On iphones, one can use a bluetooth wireless numeric keypad, such as this https://satechi.net/products/satechi-bluetooth-wireless-numeric-keypad .The Enter, 1,2,3 keys are very conveniently located next to each other. Also, there is a really good text-to-speech Anki Add-on https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/814349176 which can convert cards into speech which will be played with the auto play function in Anki.


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