We are at it again, giving stuff away for free to innovators. This time, we have partnered with the guys at Centrafuse.
The Challenge - Build the coolest "connected car" plug-in you can think of.
We're talking about a location-based or "location-aware" app here -- like when your mobile phone knows of good restaurants nearby... but in the car... and way cooler; like if your car could let you know if you were entering a high-crime area and automatically lock your doors for you. Neat stuff like that. The winner will be the entry demonstrating the most creative and innovative use of GPS location in a plug-in application for Centrafuse Auto as determined by the voting forum members.
Lilliput 7-inch Touchscreen LCD - courtesy of Mp3Car.The first prize winner will be chosen using a poll where forum members will cast their vote for their favorite submitted "connected car" app over the span of 10 days, following the contest deadline. On day 11 we will count the votes and the first-prize winner receives a brand new 7" Lilliput touchscreen LCD, compliments of our friends at Mp3Car along with a free t-shirt from the Centrafuse Gear Shop. The first prize winner will also have their app featured in the upcoming Centrafuse "app store" which is now underway. More info on that later.
Free map upgrade and item of choice from Centrafuse Gear ShopSecond place prize will be awarded to the developer with the 2nd most votes, and will receive a free map upgrade (when available) and a free item of their choice from the Centrafuse Gear Shop.
Free item of choice from the Centrafuse Gear Shop. Third place prize will be awarded to the developer with the 3rd most votes, and will be receive a free item of their choice from the Centrafuse Gear Shop.
Use the latest Centrafuse 3.1 SDKCreate a plug-in app for Centrafuse AutoMust use GPS location (from Centrafuse Nav API or other source)Must work with the default "Clean" skin - (see helper PSD here)Must have at least 1 language file (English)
Register for the challenge here.
Contest begins August 22nd and the contest deadline is September 26th, 2010.Submit your finished compiled working plug-in application by the contest deadline. (see below)
All contest submissions must be uploaded by midnight US Eastern Time on September 26th, 2010.
See official contest rules and submission guidelines here.
On Your Mark, Get Set... Go!
Get started now and start planning your plug-in idea. The contest officially starts on August 22nd so start brainstorming now, or if you already have your evil plan, get a head start on the rest of the pack.
Get the SDK here and get started now!
Updated 09-10-2010 at 02:33 PM by optikalefx
Enter the contest to win.
Processor Name "05/08"Processor Frequency "999.93 MHz"Memory 514 MB3 USB DrivesWired Ethernet Port
Resolution 1280 x 1024 Pixels
Audio Adapter HDA-Intel - HD - Audio GenericInput DevicesAT Translated Set 2 keyboardPS/2 Generic MousePC Speaker
SCSI DisksATA SD8GB RDC SDNetwork Interfaces
(Wireless network card built in)Operating System
Linux 220.127.116.11 (i586) (Puppy Linux)
We did not decide to sell this computer because we thought it would serve the community better.Our moderators will determine the best idea submitted in this thread, and we will ship this computer to the forum member, provided that he or she lives in the continental U.S.
Updated 07-26-2010 at 01:40 PM by Heather
Local Baltimore Tech Guru and CNN commentator, Mario Armstrong, covered the mp3Car community and Justin Riley's iPad vehicle dock on CNN this morning. Video link here.
Updated 07-25-2010 at 11:23 PM by optikalefx
If you haven't noticed, in the last few days it seems that fear of hacking the car's computer is all the rage. Here are a few of the articles published.
NYTime's Carsí Computer Systems Called at Risk to Hackers
Popular Science's Proof-of-Concept CarShark Software Hacks Car Computers, Shutting Down Brakes, Engines, and More
And today, Engadget's Hackers can remotely disable your car's brakes, create sensationalist headlines
Updated 05-14-2010 at 12:35 PM by Heather
A proud mp3Car customer shows us their use case for the mighty Xenarc 702TSVs they purchased from the mp3Car store. Eventually being used in a tactical Humvee for desert military operations, these Xenarc monitors are being used as bright displays for a prototype vehicle here in the U.S.
Updated 04-30-2010 at 12:18 PM by Jensen2000