We are supporting Special Edition, Inc on a car computer engineering project. The goal is to get a car computer in a 1955 Porcshe 550 Spyder replica that they build out a “piece of bare ground” Here is a quick shot of the what the dashboard will look like without the monitor.
Over the next couple of weeks expect several blog posts explaining the details of the car computer's integrated features.
I am going to kick this off with some interesting information we obtained about hacking the Andrea's super beam microphone. To maintain aesthetics we wanted to expose only the microphone portion of the superbeam and just place the mic pickups right in the dash. This would effectively leave just two black “dots” on each side of the speedometer.
Here is the information we obtained from Andrea’s acoustical engineers:
3.5" spacing = approximately 30 degree beam or cone shaped pickup.
6" spacing = approximately 20 degree beam or cone shaped pickup.
8" = approximately 10 degree beam or cone shaped pickup.
Here are some photos of the unit when we hacked it open. Microphone extension wires can just be soldered in place to the appropriate length based on your installation.
We were also cautioned by Andrea to make sure to expose in the passenger cabin the rear slots of the microphone as well as the front slots of the microphone. Unfortunately this will make the mic stick out about a ¼ inch, but at least we can hide all the other electronics.
This microphone hack has coupled with a new external USB echo canceling sound card that is amazing for Bluetooth calls which will be the subject of a future blog entry. Talk about this here on our forums blog talk section. Check out the breif work log here.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:56 PM by ecog
One of our military customers who regularly installs MP3car's 7” transflective LCD product in Apache helicopters was kind enough to share some photos side by side with aircraft instruments. From what we are told this is as close as you can get to military grade sunlight readability without spending military amounts of cash. Very cool! Thanks for sharing the photos.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:52 PM by ecog
We added TechFlex's 1/2 " Self Wrapping Split Braided Sleeving- Fire retardant Wire wrap to the store. This is great for organizing the messiest of car computer installations.
Check out the demo movie here.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:50 PM by ecog
Most of you know how aggravating proper placement of wires can be. Fret no more, the guys at Xenarc have engineered a way to make life a little easier for you. Xenarc's new 706TSA monitor has just been added to the Mp3Car store. This little guy sets a new benchmark in the mobile computing industry. It flaunts an automotive grade 650 nit lcd panel capable of displaying resolutions up to 1600 X 1200. New features include: an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts brightness, mirror / vertical flip, a sturdy brushed aluminum bezel, LVDS signal processing; most importantly, an external input box that sends power and picture to the unit all in one cable. The box allows input from VGA or DVI along with 2 additional video inputs and 3 audio inputs. The 706TSA is the right product for those of you who strive for the perfect mobile computing solution. For more information see the 706TSAProduct Description.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:48 PM by ecog
The Air Soft Flexible Keyboard has been added to the Mp3Car Store. Nick suggested adding the Air Soft to the store because it is durable, flexible and can hold up to tough environments, and really cheap! Just beware that this keyboard requires a relatively flat surface for use. For more information, see the Air Soft Product Description.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:42 PM by ecog