Hey guys, Ive been doing alot of scouring the internet, and i haven't really found anything that answers my question.
Right now, i have a Pioneer AVH-p4200dvd hooked up in my car, and while its not a terrible headunit, its not for me. I could go on, but ill stop there. I have a friend interested in buying it from me, and im seriously tempted to do it. He is an apple fan-boy, and im more than happy to get rid of this if i can.
My answer is to replace it with a small single din headunit. I can hide the headunit in my dash, and build in a nice android tablet to hook up to its aux inputs. I rarely ever listen to radio, and from what ive seen, i can get a bluetooth gps device, bluetooth OBD2 reader, and do wifi tethering from my phone for anything else i may want. It seems to me that it will be the perfect solution, and ive found everything i need to make it work.
The only problem is that i cannot for the life of me find anything that will allow me to control the tablet via my steering-wheel controls. I only have a few buttons, (volume up, volume down, mute, back, forward) but i would really like to find a way to make those work correctly.
This is the only thing ive found thus far that is along the lines of what im looking for:
But i dont think that its android compatible.
Anybody have a solution?
This is what i was thinking, my only concern is that the device i linked appears to require windows-based software to configure and operate correctly. Im not sure if theres an app for configuring it for android.That controller you found does look interesting though. I would do further searching about any other integrations for that or maybe something that can be rigged. I know that some of the tablet docking stations have USB inputs for external devices such as a keyboard...my smartphone has that feature also. Perhaps that is a place to look at for integrating with that controller with the tablet.
i believe there are some adrino boards out there that interface with android and possibly take external inputs, however at this point they are more for developers and tinkerers. finding a deck with a added universal steering wheel control interface is a good way to go.
here's a link to the adruino hardware: http://www.amarino-toolkit.net/