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Thread: Innotrends CA-FI on order, will review

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    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.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juHcpGpSvPQ
    here is my ca fi install.

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    http://www.dynavin.com/android.php

    would be another system to check out, looks a lot more ironed out *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by David J Boyer View Post
    http://www.dynavin.com/android.php

    would be another system to check out, looks a lot more ironed out *sigh*
    i took a look at the dynavin unit myself but unfortunately it didn't seem to be available in a universal double din standard yet so i would take some fabricating. also there were a few things it was missing that pushed me away from it. the processor was slower and it didn't seem to have the 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.

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    sorry that link didnt work

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U27F7VhwfjE

    i think ca fi site is the only retailer at the moment. If you have a chevy silverado with abose system get ready to shell out about 150 bucks or more for all the wiring harnesses that fit into the bose pre amp

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    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.

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    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.
    Check out my Restored 84 Camaro
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    Ca-Fi experience

    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.

    Challenges:
    - 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

    Successes:
    - 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.

    Installation:
    - 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.

    Wishlist:
    - 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fogman23 View Post
    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.

    Challenges:
    - 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.
    I was able to tether my phone after rooting it by using the wifi tether for root users APK, you may not find it on the market for verizon. neither barnacle or the other wifi tethering would work for me.
    - 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)
    The bluetooth interface does not sync contacts automatically you have to tell it to import phone
    - No Pico TTS installed. You have to find it on a 3rd party market and install from SD

    Successes:
    - 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.
    good to hear, i'll have to add this to the list of verified working apps.
    - 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.

    Installation:
    - 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.
    this is good to hear, i've been curious on how to connect the steering wheel controls myself so hopefully this will get it answered. also i noticed that the harness doesn't come with a park wire for watching video's/aux etc. i wonder if i can just pin it myself and see if it works?
    - 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.

    Wishlist:
    - 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?)
    unfortunately with the way that this unit supports bluetooth i don't think this would work but it never hurts to try. i haven't yet myself tested it but i'd love to see USB tethering since the ports charge your phone as well.
    - HD. it would be nice to see and HD Radio receiver
    - Marketplace support / install directly from Innotrends
    we should see this in the future according to the road map i found at CES. until then i have a link on the first post with instructions on how to install market

    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.

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    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?

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