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Best of Mp3Car - volume 1, 4.1.09

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The best of innovation and development from the forums.


Want to see how to mold a dash in your Cadillac Escalade? Member Brian at Nexations Creations has posted pictures of his latest work here .

Member WuNgUn is making progress on his bezel and paintwork and is asking for forum members to critique it. The fab includes a Griffin powermate and custom gauges mounted into the bezel. Nice work!


Finally, an OBDII implementation for OSX and Unix! Community member chunkyks has created an OBD GPS logger application that does exactly what it says - reads OBDII data from any ELM 327 device and logs it to a file. You can output the information to a visualizer like Google Earth. A GREAT start to the OBDII issue for Macs and Unix systems! We hope to see this implementation extended to provide full functionality on both platforms. See more info at chunkyks website:

Member willmeyer has an OBDII plug that is big and ugly and sticks straight out of the socket into the footwell. He found a solution to his problem form michbound, OBDPros vendor that keeps him from reorienting the car's OBDII plug. Read about it here .

Emerging technology

My quest to kill my car PC is investigating using a bluetooth touchscreen controller to control the iPhone. Know anything about this hardware or software for the iPhone? Head on over and give me a hand !

Community development

Community continues to work on Bluetooth integration - Standalone BlueSoleil wrapper from lambosprit. Rather than continue to suffer headaches with integrating bluetooth into the PC environment for mobile phones, lambosprit has decided to fix it using the Bluesoleil bluetooth stack. This week, he released a standalone BlueSoleil wrapper for Ride Runner. The wrapper comes complete with a sample express 2008 project that demonstrates how to use it. Developers can now use the wrapper to build their own custom bluetooth functions in RR plugins or standalone applications.

Interested in Bluetooth on the PC but aren't a coder? Don't miss lambosprit's mobilephone plugin for Ride Runner. The plugin is based on ANOTHER member's work (Lucifer) on a mobilephone plugin. lambosprit has added the BlueSoleil bluetooth stack to the mix. Several members, including tempgp are helping, offering, or testing the plug-in.

Excellent worklog and install - I rarely read people's worklogs because they usually depress me. My car PC used to be a slick and well disguised OEM looking installation but lately it's looked more like Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory with cables all over the interior. It's driving me nuts but that's the cost of experimentation. However, if you'd like to see what a great install looks like, with TONS of detail and nearly 500 posts actively following the progress, check out member rdholtz's great worklog. There's lots of advice and information. You'll find plenty to learn and his detailed index to the thread on post 1 will save you reading the whole thing.

Ride Runner

Love the iPhone interface and want it on your PC? Member route78 has released a beta.1 of an iPhone skin. It handles music and video and next version plans to support external gps, web browser, settings, mixer, background changes and possibly phone. Looks gorgeous! Check it out.

Something different

Those crazy Aussies are at it again. Member Abolition has been posting with questions about how to install twin spud cannons in his car. So far, he's been dissuaded by forum members from his original plan to fire it using gasoline or LP from his dual fuel vehicle. He's currently searching for the right materials to fire it using compressed air. Check in on his progress here .

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Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:20 PM by optikalefx

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I dont want to say that it is scam, as they have obviously put out a product before, so the capability is there. But it seems very very very advanced ordering. I wouldnt be surprised if the timeline is in years, and they are looking for more of a R&D investment at this point.

I dont think the CarPC is dead or will die. I think it will however move to linux or WinCE shells masking the fact that it is afull computer. It is just as cheap to put an x86 processor in a design rather than an ARM, which to me is the definition of a CarPC (x86 ot x64 in a car). And these will all be hacked soon after debut, to run custom code on the standardized processor.

Either way, I would say interesting but too early for Infil, and I think that is why they havent really gone public. I think they lost their spot to the Guru, and reliability wise after the T3 and G4 I think many will be hesitant to buy this over a Guru or whatever else pops up. I think RoadRunner is working on a hardware solution as well if I remember correctly.
I have to agree with you, PDF looks rendered. '

"Accepting advance orders" baa ha ha, this DOES sound familiar. At least the delivery date is not even speculated.

"Touch panel = Glass to film." ehhh, resistive?

Pricepoint, sunlight readability and front end are the most important factors and no attempt was made to identify any of these component attributes. Fail!

I have to agree with BugByte- the car PC is dead. It will never completely vanish with car/computer enthiusiasts like us around but I do not think a company will ever be able to market an expensive product like this that can be stolen from a car in minutes.

Lsatly, If putting a computer in my car was as easy as installing a stereo, I dont think I would have done it some 5 years ago. The potential customers of this product want the advantages of a carputer without the hassel of complex install. My feeling is that people that do not want to be bothered with install can probably get around fine with a GPS unit and a stereo.

A blast of e-mail was sent out on Monday to all the car computer and telematics stores around the globe by some former employees of the now defunct Infill and Maxan. (we were open cced). Apparently they have formed a new company called HTS. The e-mail states they are accepting advanced orders on their FunDi G7. There are lots of concerns, but maybe it is just because they are still in stealth mode.

•As of Monday 3/23/2009 their domain points to a parked website.
•Their PDF looks like CAD rendered image
•“Accepting advanced orders” Hmm. Have we heard that before in the car PC world?