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  1. Plan and test your in-vehicle computer installation on the bench

    by , 10-15-2009 at 10:15 AM
    Testing is one of the most important steps in putting a computer in your vehicle or car and is often skipped. We highly recommend testing your system on the bench for a day or two before you put the device in your car. We previously did a video on how to build your own car computer. This video will give you some insights into this next step.

    Updated 10-15-2009 at 01:01 PM by Heather

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  2. mp3Car.com interviews Azentek - navigation mirror and their car computers

    by , 11-07-2008 at 09:21 AM


    At the SEMA 2008 Azentek booth, we interviewed Donnie to hear a little bit about their new navigation smart mirror product. Windows Mobile devices really donít fall in mp3carís sweet spot, but this is an interesting form factor for a PND. Without giving it a full run through or a drive test, this mirror seems like it would be perfect for users who wants something that works out of the box.

    So What is happening with their car computing efforts? Azentek is no longer bringing their original double din car PC into production and are starting on a brand new double din model which will be on display at CES, but not available for purchase until Q1 or Q2 2009.

    The main features of this redesigned product set for release at CES will be increased tolerances to environmental and shock extremes as well as the ability for users to upgrade the Intel processor. More details will be available at CES.

    Azentek also confirmed that Centrafuse is their software platform of choice and they will be using that in a modified Azentek branded form for the release at CES.
  3. Hyundai Genesis Apple Mac book / air / mini explosion

    by , 11-04-2008 at 09:15 AM
    Hyundai Genesis Apple Mac book / air / mini explosion & Sneak peek
    Everyone has been setting up for SEMA for the last 3 days. I happened to walk by the Hyundai booth yesterday while one of the vice presidents was rehearsing for their 9:30am press conference today. They had the usual un-blanketing of cars and performance celebrities there to talk. What I was really there for was the car computer geerkery. The real details about this project will have to wait until Tuesday when the real press conference starts, but here are some sneak peek photos.
    I am already slightly disappointed with the mac install. It seems like more of an attempt to get press than a functional implementation. I saw one of the macbook airs plugged into an AC port which would imply no ignition integration. It is always harder to put in a DC-DC regulator. Why do installers just use inverters especially on a high profile car like this? Is it laziness or unknown technical mojo that is driving this?
    Answer this question and talk about this install on our forums.
    If there is hot mobile computer tech at SEMA that we havenít written about, Let us know.

    For you Hyundai or Genesis addicts I posted a quick 1m video of their VP practicing and doing a quick dance.
  4. August 2 - Scott Introduction

    by , 08-04-2008 at 01:31 PM




    Hello, my name is Scott. I am an intern at Mp3Car. Prior to my employment here I spent a lot of time on the forums doing research and dreaming up the perfect driving machine. Unfortunately, I lack the funds to move my dreams to reality in a timely fashion. But, thanks to Mp3car I have made a lot of progress in the past few months.
    Here at Mp3Car I spend most of my time preparing and shipping orders. I get to see everything that goes in and out. The coolest part of my job is that I can see what people order and imagine how they are going to make it work in their car. If you had a problem with your shipment, Iím sorry; it is more than likely my fault. Aside from all that, I take time to read the latest forum posts and test products new and old.
    In the future, I hope to give you all more insight on news and products related to the hobby. Keep up the good work guys! You all continue to impress me more and more each day.

    "The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown" - Albert Einstein

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:51 PM by ecog

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  5. Mp3 Car at SEMA

    by , 11-06-2007 at 09:35 AM
    Here is a video that was shot at the 2007 SEMA Show, the world's 'Premier Automotive Specialty product Event' - or for us laymen - the biggest car gadget love-in anywhere in the world. The video is all about Mp3car and VIA's involvement in the Car PC industry and in particular the new G4 from Mp3car, a powerful VIA C7-based multimedia Car PC that fits into the dashboard of your car.

    This car PC uses a 1.5GHz VIA C7 processor, 512MB Ė 1GB of system memory, 6.5" LCD touch screen, high-def audio, a 40GB Ė 250GB hard drive, a DVD ROM, internal GPS module and Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) receiver and the first ever HD radio receiver. It takes up the space of 2 DINs, in other words double the space of your regular car CD player or radio. So what kind of man (or woman) needs a PC in his car?

    While the car PC is still very much an enthusiast level purchase we have to bear in mind that cars have been using computers for more than a decade now, and that many high-end sports cars and SUVs today require a PC to simply keep the engine running smoothly. This is where having the PC on the dashboard can have its advantages. In many custom sports cars the PC can handle the running of engine and various other components of the car as well as in-drive entertainment and GPS etc.

    And people want to be entertained. Just because you're on the road doesn't mean that we can't watch a DVD or surf the net, especially where we are talking about road trips with the family. Driving to music is not a new idea, but howís about having high-def sound pump out your entire music collection, stored on the hard drive of your car PC? Hmmm...
    While car PCs are a popular past time for hobbyists around the globe, the Infill PC is a complete solution that promises easy installation and ease of use. The touch screen lets you navigate around Windows XP and do everything you'd usually do, but there's also a custom application called StreetDeck which is optimized to suit people with their hands on the wheel. With gesture recognition and simple, larger menus, StreetDeck would appear to make driving while using the PC reasonably safe.

    The Infill G4 is an excellent example of what we at VIA are striving to achieve. Smaller devices and machines that use electricity sparingly and fit snuggly into our daily lives without using any cooling fans - making it more rugged and useful in situations like a moving vehicle. By developing systems that use less power and therefore create less heat, VIA is able to offer systems that run much cooler and can exist in some quite surprising places.

    The car PC is only the beginning.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:18 PM by ecog

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