Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: I might be crazy, so lets find out if I am

  1. #1
    Variable Bitrate UnusuallyGenius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Grand Rapids, Mi
    Posts
    306

    I might be crazy, so lets find out if I am

    Okay, so I really like the new Google Nexus 7, and cannot wait to get my hands on one. For $199 you really cannot beat that price point for a nice spec'ed tablet that will always be on the cutting edge of Android revisions. This makes me want to put one in my car.

    I know many might shoot me having been one of the founding member of the OpenMobile, but I truly believe Tablets are where this journey is headed. Windows Surface I personally believe will change the industry as we know it.

    Anyhow, back to what I want to do.

    1) Nexus 7 in the dash, 'nough said

    2) Steering wheel controls to the tablet via ArduinoBT module

    3) Small PC with SSD drive mounted somewhere out of view with my music on it, wireless network to tablet so all is available and not limited to 8GB internal storage and saves on data costs

    4) MiFi device providing internet access
    • Verizon Wireless: 4G LTE, 4GB Data plan: $50 per month

    • AT&T Wireless: 4G, 5GB Data plan: $50 per month


    5) Arduino modules to control internal lighting, windows, locks etc. Tablet would be able to control these devices over the network

    I think this is the general view of what I would like to do.

    I will hash out more details as I go along.

    All opinions welcomed as usual.
    Last edited by UnusuallyGenius; 07-17-2012 at 06:23 PM.
    - Project: Unified Car Control
    - Original OpenMobile Interface Designer

  2. #2
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    14
    I am planning on doing something very similar except I will be using USB instead of bluetooth. I will be tethering my phone to my tablet when I need to and use Google Music for all my music needs.

    Right now my first task is to get the Arduino to change tracks and volume on the tablet using Android AOA 2.0 specs

  3. #3
    MySQL Error soundman98's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    on the border of northern IL/IN
    Posts
    5,848
    i'll make it easy for you.

    you're crazy.

  4. #4
    Constant Bitrate
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    American Fork, Utah, United States
    Posts
    187
    3) Small PC with SSD drive mounted somewhere out of view with my music on it, wireless network to tablet so all is available and not limited to 8GB internal storage and saves on data costs
    with jelly bean and USB host support i believe you should be able to add external storage sources directly and source your media player to that location

    Adruino controls would be cool, i have one and took a sparkfun class on it but didn't learn much unfortunately.

  5. #5
    Maximum Bitrate DaveDog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Greenacres, WA
    Posts
    606
    How about interfacing to another Android based device that would interconnect to your other devices?

    I'm thinking of the new ODROID-X, a Raspberry Pi like board, only with some oomph!

    http://liliputing.com/2012/07/hardke...-core-cpu.html


    There's some nice accessories to go with this board.


    Of course all of the usual problems arise, drivers for existing hardware (radio modules, power supplies, volume knobs, basically everything we currently have)

    And a true software front-end that gives a consistent interface like our current frontends.
    TruckPC - gutted, being used for test setup
    BoatPC - All in 1 in cuddy, N7 using VNC on dash, RR
    BlazerPC - Nexus 7 with Timur's USBROM

  6. #6
    Maximum Bitrate Borte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Norway
    Posts
    529
    Quote Originally Posted by UnusuallyGenius View Post
    I know many might shoot me having been one of the founding member of the OpenMobile, but I truly believe Tablets are where this journey is headed. Windows Surface I personally believe will change the industry as we know it.
    OM can theoretically run on Android with Mono for Android and who knows it might even be true...
    Failure is not an option...
    __________________________________________________ ______________________________
    The only full multizone / multiscreen cross platform open source Front End -> OpenMobile

  7. #7
    Maximum Bitrate jmullan99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Niagara Falls, Ontario
    Posts
    682
    Quote Originally Posted by UnusuallyGenius View Post
    I know many might shoot me having been one of the founding member of the OpenMobile, but I truly believe Tablets are where this journey is headed. Windows Surface I personally believe will change the industry as we know it.
    Shoot? No. A slow painful torture maybe

    All kidding aside, I too am exploring Android for use in my wife's vehicle. I just like toys. And as mentioned, a computer of some sort is still desirable to cover many features (common media library, manage services to other devices like Arduino), especially if you plan to have one or more devices in a multi-zone scenario.

    As you know I also am involved with OM. While it's slow getting the (basically) re-written application out, it's almost ready for prime-time, especially with respect to multi-zone.

    Okay, so I had to plug OM just a little.

    Android still needs the FE and a bit better hardware integration and some devs to jump on-board. But it will get there. I will keeps tabs on your adventure.
    ZOTAC G43ITX-A-E 2.5ghz Core i3 2GB 160GB SSD
    Win7 Ultimate - OpenMobile - Directed HD - Wifi
    OMMaps + MS GPS Puck - WiFi via LTE Android phone
    2 Zones - Matrix Orbital LCD - Arduino - Build Pics

  8. #8
    Constant Bitrate
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    American Fork, Utah, United States
    Posts
    187
    experimenting with the wife's vehicle eh...those are some dangerous waters, don't **** her off lol. i definately agree with the GUI and hardware integration although the stock UI is re-configurable enough to make a decent FE and there are a few FE apps out there. There was a developer at one point here making a FE but i believe he got deployed and never finished his work although i think you can still find it on the market.

    there are units like the Foryou and ca-fi that integrate 3rd party hardware to support bluetooth and dvd, video in and out etc. they do a decent enough job so its definately possible but it's certainly not open source right now and not where it could be.

  9. #9
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    36
    I like this idea Unusually Genius. Tabs for this wouldn't need to be anything special either, just a cheap and convenient consumable for a front-end. With a pc as a server/jukebox - you wouldn't compromise on your sound quality either. Perhaps operate things like DAB radio (or other devices) from the pc via the tablet is possible too. Running satnav via android might even be a more elegant solution for real world driving than a windows solution, maybe. Anyway, I'm definitely an interested party.

Similar Threads

  1. Lets get brains!
    By yam125 in forum Linux
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 03-28-2009, 10:16 AM
  2. My First Install! Lets Have Ya Views
    By ukscarface in forum Fabrication
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-23-2006, 06:20 PM
  3. Lets Hear What You Think
    By reddeath30 in forum Mobile Impact
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 10-06-2005, 10:55 AM
  4. Those with GPS, lets go treasure hunting!!!
    By crazyshaxs in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-11-2002, 05:53 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •