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    Ipad control integration in an automotive environment PART 1 (Bench Testing)

    This thread is going to chronicle my journey to fully integrate the in dash Ipad setup. This is going to take alot of time, testing, Help from other forum members, and patience. First off, I take no credit in figuring out how to do this. It has been done very well in a 69 GTO.

    Here is a list of my goals:

    Control the following functions: 1. Cooling Fans for the Ipad and gauge sensor modules
    2. Mirror video display
    3. trunk release
    4. Power seat movement
    5. NOS purge (dual setup Left,Right, Left+Right)
    6. Exhaust cutouts(been done already)
    7. Auto adjust the stiffness of my BC Racing coilovers(Big Challenge)
    8. Turn audio amps on and off
    9. light control inside the interior

    This thread will be about bench testing each function before installing the whole system in the car. Here is a short but extremely entertaining video of the first test....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHAkea8N3eY
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    Testing the trunk release in the G8....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw5kWiilxy0


    Power Seat Control...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIndahid5uw

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    So you are gonna use the iPad to send those signals to that device then? Or is the plan some other way of integration? Over wifi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by optikalefx View Post
    So you are gonna use the iPad to send those signals to that device then? Or is the plan some other way of integration? Over wifi?
    Yeah, I'm going to use the Redeye app and module to send IR commands through the wifi connection to the 12V relay board. The relays on the board will open/close from the IR commands out of the Redeye module. I'm just adding 30amp relays to whatever I want to control and then when the 12V relay board commands its relay to open, it allows the 30amp relays to go to ground and energizes power to whatever I'm controlling.

    Right now I'm just testing out things before I install everything in the car. The new redeye app update says it allows custom backgrounds and buttons so I should be able to make a pretty cool "dashboard" for all the controls.

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    I did a real quick and basic programming of the Redeye app on my Iphone...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReF-uCsRomU

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    What's the mirror video display part? You mean mirror an IP camera input? or the iPad video out? there is no way to attach a composite rear camera to the iPad so I'm confused! Links to the relays/boards you're using would be nice, if possible.

    How does the redeye thing compares to alternatives? Why did you choose that one? Is it a dock? How did you install it? Pics please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    What's the mirror video display part? You mean mirror an IP camera input? or the iPad video out? there is no way to attach a composite rear camera to the iPad so I'm confused! Links to the relays/boards you're using would be nice, if possible.

    How does the redeye thing compares to alternatives? Why did you choose that one? Is it a dock? How did you install it? Pics please!
    The mirror display is actually a built in LCD in my rear view mirror that I hacked to stay on beyond it's stock function which is to show video feed from a backup camera. I use mine for backup camera and a second video feed which I use to show my Ipad display.

    The relays are just 30amp automotive relays from radio shack. Let me find a link to the 12volt ir relay board. I chose redeye because compared to other control devices, the price is right and seems to be easy to program. I don't have the redeye module installed in the car yet.

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    Ah, okay, thanks.

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    Very interesting project... Subscribed!
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    Did you ever have a link for the relay board that you're using?

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