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September 15, 2008 - Social Bookmarking Added to the Mp3Car Forums

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by , 09-15-2008 at 04:46 PM (1475 Views)
Over the weekend, Ecog worked on updating the Mp3Car Forum and made an addition.

Social Bookmarking is now possible - see the screen shot. For any thread, you can choose to Digg it, add it to your account, bookmark it in Technorati, Furl it, share it on Facebook or add a Yahoo bookmark. We expect that this change will help forum members track information on car computing, do research, and get more people contributing to the Mp3Car Forum.

And, as a side note, CarPC Specs has been updated, and edits to your CarPC Specs are now simple to make.

Stay tuned to this Mp3Car Forum News tag for more updates and additions over time. And give us feedback on this new feature in the Mp3Car Blog Talk section of the Forums.

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Updated 10-20-2009 at 06:06 PM by Heather

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Hands down, that guy wins the contest. Amazing!
Here is a note to the Fusion Brain guys from a farmer, telling of how the Fusion Brain allow the tractor to run on autopilot.

The farmer set up a computer in his tractor, and uses GPS waypoints and a fusion brain to steer the tractor. The computer calculates whether the current position is left or right of the desired track, and triggers the fusion brain to turn on a solenoid that actuates the steering in either the left or right direction... so it's autopilot, for a tractor.

This video was taken in April before we started planting. You can see the right tire on the edge of the road, and the relays clicking to turn the wheels to keep it on the line.

I didn't take much video during the season mainly because I wasn't happy with the level of control. The system was "hunting" from one side of the line to the other. This was largely due to the method I was using for control, which I've completely changed over the summer.

This video is late in the planting season, and I had moved the GPS receiver to the front of the hood to reduce the hunting. It looks a little strange. Our planter has markers that we use to get the distance right, but we broke one this day, so we were planting exclusively by GPS. The rest of the season we had been using both GPS and markers, as a way to tell how well the GPS was doing. The last clip in the video shows this, and you can see the markers aren't being used.

As I said, I have made some significant changes over the summer to make steering control much smoother. The system is installed in a combine, which we'll begin using in about 2 weeks. I hope to get some good video of that.

I (Nick) have a couple on my couch for developement, but also am implementing one for remote control of various items in the house.

With the new Remote Control section of the software (available now), I can log into my Fusion Brain instances from anywhere in the world on any web device, and control anything. One problem around here with the proximity to NORAD (US Air Force base built inside a mountain and I can throw a rock at the security gate), is that they like to swamp the area with random EM noise. So garage doors dont work far, phone and wifi get low signals everything. Dont even bother with the door opener if a government official like the President is visiting, because then it goes into overdrive! So my plan is to hook it up to my garage door and by using my cell phone through the GPRS connection, open and close the door.

Other things I will be controlling include my air conditioning unit which has a rudimentary on/off timer but gains a complete freedom with the Fusion Brain, as well as for energy efficiency I will be placing lights on controlled circuits to turn the lights off (as well as electronics such as TV's and radios) when I leave the room, and reinitialize them when I enter.

So many possibilities, so little time...