Coolcoupe, I couldn't agree more I don't underdstand why they don't offer both versions worldwide, even though I don't want one without SIM card, you can't get those in OMan, only with SIM....
Shadoguardian, I think going to go step by step. Firstly, something along the lines of option 3 using the vehicle dock to power and get audio out (I tried using the S3 but it's just too small and far away), plus BT for phone and ODB2 stuff.
Then if I like the functionality I'll consider either going down the MimicsX2 with the S3 or the more complicated physical install with the Tab. However, I'm tending towards using the S3 and mimics whilst not as "cool" as doing a full install with a Tab it should provide the similar functionality and completely uninstallable if I sell the car in the future...
ok guys, it's been a while since I've been on here, and I've made a little progress in the time available after moving house...
So I've now decided after using the Tab for about a month that I want to install it, rather than using the MimicsX2 solution. The reason for this is I can "bring" the Tab closer to the driver than the OEM screen and even with the build costs, it'll be cheaper than the Mimics route as I don't need to purchase a GVIF unit, or Mimics units to make it work as I'll use a deconstructed desktop dock wired into power and Aux audio, with an inline amplifier possibly, plus the build costs...
So the plan is quite simple to construct a “Console” including the deconstructed desktop dock and install
The actual installation of the Tab is what is actually where I need to make a decision as I currently have 3 basic options:
1. To slide the Tab in from the side (or top) of the Console.
2. To use magnets to secure the Tab in the console.
3. To have some sort of tray that is hinged and allows the Tab to be slid into it.
I’ve decided on Option 3 as the tidiest and most OEM version. However, and then you’re talking linear actuators to make it look smart, or mechanical push to open/ push to close locks used in the likes of kitchen drawers etc… I’m also considering using a push to open/ lock catch in combination with one, or two, RC car suspension dampers acting as hydraulic linear dampers. What do you think??
Below is a sketch I made of Option 1, however, it gives you the general idea of how it should look when finished, albeit with some changes, but, the overall profile should be roughly maintained.
I also made a very crude mock-up out of cardboard of option 2 which you can see in the photos below. Lots of things wrong with it; including: it’s too big; it’s sitting on the console rather than being incorporated and the profile it too “square.” But at least it shows that it’s doable and shouldn’t if finished well look to out of place.
Now I’m currently creating a “stencil” in 1:1 scale for my local AM garage to try their hand at forming 1mm aluminium sheet for the hinged housing of the Tab. If this is successful then the idea will be to manufacture the entire console from aluminium and finish it accordingly. I’ll make a paper card version as well to develop the design further whilst they try and make the real thing.
To stop the tinny sound of a hollow metal enclosure the voids will be filled with heat resistant expanding foam and, or, sound deadening material.
That’s all for now folks, hope you all have a Merry Christmas and festive season.
This could come out very nice. Look forward to updates.
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