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    Building an Android frontend

    Go to my Github and the url is in the readme.
    APK is here

    Hey everybody

    So I've been working on the project for a long time now, and a lot has changed since I originally this. The overall look and feel is very much the same, but a lot of features have grown and evolved into a much nicer and user configurable way. So I would like to encourage anybody interested to head over to my forum and participate. I try to answer questions and concerns in a timely manor. I am always open to requests and ideas. Lots of the features I've been working on have originated from the community.

    You can find the forum in my profile or via my github link above.

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    Wow this looks great. Can you give more information on your arduino cobtroller? I want to use an arduino to provide similar functions as you and have it tied to the Can-Bus system in my car.

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    I am using Timurs USBROM/ because it is designed for a fixed installation scenario. It will provide USB host mode (using an OTG cable) and simultaneously use up to 1800ma to keep the battery charged.
    Along side that, I have my Arduino running a sketch that communicates with the tablet over USB acting as a master. I also have slave devices (mostly I2C) that are responsible for "getting data" (temperatures, air pressures, etc...) and "setting data" (set air pressure, roll up window, etc...).
    As you can see in the screen shots, there is a display for Inside temperature, and Outside temperature. Those temperatures are read via a temp sensor hooked up to the Arduino and sent to the Droid.
    While the hardware is somewhat functional, my main area of work in the Front end code, and the backend hardware has taken the back seat.

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    definitely interestested! GitHub is the way to go
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    Initial checkin to Github. Beware there is bugs, somethings won't work easily (bluetooth for example) and somethings may just not work at all. That being said, feel free to try it out. Let me know what you think.

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    Seriously want this frontend... been out if the carpc gig for a while, just bought a Firebird to play with all my tunes are in now all i need is my carpc back again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by IonDokk View Post
    Seriously want this frontend... been out if the carpc gig for a while, just bought a Firebird to play with all my tunes are in now all i need is my carpc back again...
    My note 2 will become the permanant fixture as soon as my note 3 comes in...
    Epia M1000 1.2gig, Toshiba 40gb HD, Itronix 60gb HD, 512ram,PCR, Audigy2zs, 2 Xenarc 7" , FRODOPLAYER Trying RR frontend , 2@1600/w Harrison labs amps & Caps, Focal & MB-Quart midrange, Diamond Audio D6 Subs, Mb Quart Tweets, 2-Audiocontrol three.1 !

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    Looks pretty good, like the style

    With Android's range of customizable launchers and widgets, personally I don't think Car Android's need a "front-end" because anyone can make almost any front-end they want. I think if you made some customizable widgets that interface to the arduino, that would expand your market past the 'android-in-a-car' crowd.
    Having said that, I'd probably still use your app cause it looks nice, could do with a Milkdrop type visualizer in the middle.

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    Thanks for the input.
    The reason I started this was I wanted an all in one solution that interfaced with all of the hardware like it would in an OEM environment.
    The Arduino integration is something I have working, but haven't figured out the best way to make it modular and easy to use yet.
    In all honesty, this project was designed for me and me alone. That being said I hope somebody else can find it useful too and maybe it can grow to be something useful for a wide group of people.
    As for the visualizer comment, where about were you thinking? Visualizers are something I don't use ever, but I'm not opposed to adding one to make this more fully featured.

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    Just an example, would be a lot of work though, and a lot of extra processing on the device.
    After 30 seconds or so of inactivity the big buttons in the middle could fade out, touching the screen would bring them back again.
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