here is my ca fi install.
hes right, the screen really isn't good enough for drag and drop type of actions ... the screen will tend to open an app or link while you are mid scrolling ... and sometimes seems to take a nice pressure touch.
bluetooth and media functionality that the ca-fi system offered. i still don't regret the choice that i made as i knew this was going to be a experimental purchase, i think there are definately some room for improvements in the future but most of it is software that is pretty easily remedied. with some help from the developer community we should be able to bust this thing wide open and re-engineer it.
innotrends is the only known retailer right now although i did find several companies marketing this unit at CES. i paid $800 US for the unit before tax and shipping, i believe it was only about $820-830 after shipping and tax. i'll be posting a video in a minute of the manufacturers pamphlet i found at CES with a roadmap of their future products on the top post.
just took a look at the latest vid, and I'm excited at what they are planning to do.
Upgrading the screen and also getting the android license are going to be a big ones.
I think I might be buying one of these within the next year.
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Hey all, I've had the Ca-Fi for about 6 weeks. I also tried the Dynavin. The main thing I see as a shortcoming of Ca-Fi (vs Dynavin) is lack of Marketplace. I'll be looking at other posts on how to install manually. However, IMHO the Ca-Fi hardware is excellent, fast, and a much more holistic experience. With Ca-Fi, Android is the system for the headunit. The hardware buttons are very well thought out and I've found them to work very well on the road.
- I've not been able to tether the unit with my Droid 2 Global which doesn't support Infrastructure mode. I've tried multiple methods to solve this (root phone, PDANet Tablet, etc.) So I ordered a 3G MiFi to use until time for a new phone.
- BlueTooth pairing works very well but does not see contacts on Droid. Not as much of an issue as I thought. I still have the droid in a Car doc and can use Voice Dial from it (with call via BlueTooth)
- No Pico TTS installed. You have to find it on a 3rd party market and install from SD
- I've been streaming Pandora via Bluetooth regularly. Works great and Steering Wheel controls work the phone fine (Pandora or Media player on phone)
- CoPilot works very well as a GPS Nav on Ca-Fi. I wanted an option that doesn't require data connection. I'm a big Google Nav fan, but have to say CoPilot seems more like a 'real' navigation system once you use it awhile.
- Unit supports Nav and audio simultaneously (I've done Pandora via bluetooth, FM, and music on SD)
- Touchdown works well on the unit. I installed this so I have a full address book for CoPilot even when I don't have a data connection.
- I purchased a kit from Beatsonic. Included a dash face panel and an interface / wire harness that supports the Lexus factory amps, speakers, etc. Beat-Sonic was great with pre-install questions.
- I also purchased Axxess kit for Steering Wheel control. Don't need it with Ca-Fi. It comes with a 2 wire jack. With Lexus, the trick is connecting it to the second factory connection. Turns out Beatsonic ships with that connector with just a groundwire on it. So it was very simple to cut apart, solder the 2 Ca-Fi wires and then plug it in. The headunit allows you to program the buttons to any of the obvious functions.
- I still have an open item. Lexus has 2 antennae so I've not yet found the right Y adapter that I can connect to the headunit.
- BlueTooth Tether. Somebody else posted here about this... I'd love to see that in the unit (not sure if this can be added with drivers?)
- HD. it would be nice to see and HD Radio receiver
- Marketplace support / install directly from Innotrends
Innotrends doesn't provide much documentation with the unit or on the site. But they have been very responsive to me with some questions and issues. They were very helpful in my attempts to tether Droid2Global.
I hope this is helpful.
Any idea if this will work with the android mimics?
I cant get rid of my OEM head unit.
Looking to install the unit in the boot and connect it to the steering wheel controls (restive) then use the video and line outs to drive the OEM head unit.
The mimics would be installed on the OEM head unit and pair via bluetooth to the double din providing control of the touch screen
I read the bluetooth is a bit restrictive so not sure if this will work.
If that's the case possible to add a bluetooth dongle to the usb to do this?