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  1. Connect2Car Anywhere G2 Giveaway Contest

    by , 02-28-2011 at 02:18 PM

    After spotting some discussion of this product on the forums, we looked into it further. If our forum members are interested in it, then it’s usually worth some follow-up. We discovered an amazing product that is as useful as it is impressive. It’s a software/hardware combination that allows a user to remotely control major functions of their vehicle from anywhere via a mobile device or computer. Anywhere G2 can turn your car on or off from anywhere you have access to your smartphone, allowing you to warm it up in the morning before you get in it, or to cut the power if an unauthorized driver is operating it. Other functions include the ability to lock and unlock doors and to track the vehicle’s position and speed. That’s already an impressive lineup of features, but we thought we’d put our forum members to the test (again).

  2. The future of UI

    by , 10-27-2010 at 12:05 PM

    I can begin to imagine a world where we manipulate computers instead of interact with them. This idea of being able to navigate the computer world, and have the computer understand space is not new, but its not accomplished.

    If it really is possible to get this type of system in a laptop say, without gloves, (even with gloves is fine with me) then we could see the next serious change in computer-human interfaces.

    Imagine what it would be like to create a 3d model of say a car, and be able to sculpt the model as if it was real. Even have some kind of actual feedback so you still get the feeling. But then you ask, why is going so digital so important. Well, sure a clay model is great, but having the history, having the undo ability, having multiple collaborators around the world, all these are possible in a digital world.

    Updated 10-27-2010 at 03:29 PM by optikalefx

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  3. MeeGo Auto App Concept Contest using Qt - Win a Free Beagle Board xM

    by , 10-20-2010 at 11:58 AM

    Enter Contest Here

    Product Info on the BeagleBoard-xM here.

    Time frame: 2 weeks (October 20th – November 3rd)

    Present an exciting auto app concept that utilizes the Beagle Board xM, MeeGo, & or Qt framework for bonus points.* The panel of judges from Nokia, Beagle Board creators and mp3Car will select the most innovative auto app concept as the winner.


    - a concept will be complete if it states what the app does, how it will do it, and how it leverages MeeGo and Qt.
    - Once the winner is selected, it is expected that the app be developed within 1-2 months.
    - please note that this can be an existing app with significant improvements and changes;
- the app does not need to be touch based, if you can integrate it with other car controls such as steering wheel or control knobs like what BMW uses;

    - bonus points to using QML, Nokia's new declarative UI language which is wrapped up into Qt Quick and is now in the recently released 4.7 release (Information found here on QT Quick, and a video is here

Alistair Adams - Nokia
Jason Kridner - Beagle Board

    Tom Berry (aka Bugbyte) - mp3Car Forums


The winner will:
    1.Receive a free Beagle Board
    2.Be featured on the mp3Car homepage showcasing the concept and Auto App Mart, once the app is developed and uploaded to Auto App Mart.

    For more information on the Beagle Board:

    Updated 10-25-2010 at 10:50 AM by Heather

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  4. Mp3Car High Brightness Monitor Comparison

    by , 10-11-2010 at 05:24 PM

    From left to right: Lilliput 669GL-70NP/C/T, Lilliput 669GL-70NP/C/T-HB-RV, Lilliput 669GL-70NP/C/T-5HB, Inelmatic XF700HB-USVA2.

    The two new Lilliput high brightness models are noticeably brighter in all lighting conditions than the standard Lilliput 669. Reflection on the standard Lilliput 669 is slightly higher. The new Lilliput models offer nice improvements over the standard Lilliput 669 for their respective prices. The Inelmatic monitor is noticeably brighter than all compared monitors in all lighting conditions. Contrast appears better and colors are noticeably more vivid with the Inelmatic. The Inelmatic also benefits from increased vibration, shock, and operating environment specs.

    In addition to brightness differences, The Lilliput 5HB model features a 5-wire resistive touch panel that assures more precise touch control. The HB-RV model uses the standard 4-wire resistive touch panel, but includes an exposed wire for auto-switching to a backup camera. The 5HB model has a slightly different touch panel design that doesn’t allow it to fit in our double din frame. The HB-RV model does fit in our double din frame and can be fabricated into any one of our direct fit dash kits.

    Comparison with iPhone
  5. Introducing Auto App Mart

    by , 09-09-2010 at 11:23 AM

    Auto App Mart is the online marketplace for automotive applications. Created by mp3Car, with the support of the largest automotive application developer community in the world, Auto App Mart helps drivers to be more productive and better entertained while on the road.Tour the Auto App MartCheck out our screencast and learn how to browse and download Auto Apps, manage your account and receive updates. Auto Apps available range from Google Traffic to engine maintenance management, and almost all are free to download. Get started adding new Auto Apps to your car computer today.Learn How to Upload and Manage Auto Apps
    We welcome all developers to come upload Auto Apps. This screencast shows how to get started and offers a tour of the developer back end. As a developer you will have complete access to information on customers and downloads. See how easy it is! Head over to Auto App Mart, add an app, and make it go live in minutes.

    Updated 09-09-2010 at 02:41 PM by Bugbyte

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