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  1. Audi Unveils 'connect' Networking System

    by , 02-15-2011 at 10:34 AM

    Audi announces plans to brand their networking enabled in-vehicle technology as "Audi Connect." Some of this technology is already available in new Audi vehicles including voice recognition commands for navigation, telephone functions, and an optional UMTS module that links the vehicle to the Internet. Up to 8 mobile devices can connect to the internet via the car with the W-LAN hotspot.

    In the near future, Audi Connect will allow expanded voice command controls and the ability to find destinations via Google. Plans are also in the works to allow drivers to use Google Street View in Europe, with the North American market to receive this feature a bit later. Drivers can view destinations from pedestrian viewpoints and pan 360 degrees to help create situational awareness before arriving.

    Further into the future, Audi plans to experiment with vehicle to vehicle communication for more efficient traffic handling and to help with crash avoidance. Audi claims CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 1/5 if the computer is able to help control the vehicle in heavily trafficked areas.

    Read More at Translogic.
  2. Tech Find: Arduino-powered Jeep Wrangler Controls Many Vehicle Systems

    by , 02-10-2011 at 12:18 PM

    Ed's Jeep Wrangler is specially outfitted with two Arduino boards, one running the "Jeeputer" in a custom fabricated, roof-mounted console, and one running the ignition system of the vehicle. Ed can enter a code into the console-installed keypad and switch the vehicle on. Then, he can use the Jeeputer to start the engine. The Jeeputer controls everything from interior and exterior lights, to Ed's CB radio, navigation device, power inverter, and scanner. The Jeeputer runs a series of relays for aftermarket device control and obtains and interprets data from temperature sensors and photosensors.

    Read More on the EdsJunk Blog.

    Updated 02-10-2011 at 10:27 PM by optikalefx

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  3. New MJS USB IO-1 4 Relay & 4 Input Device

    by , 01-03-2011 at 04:13 PM


    MJS Gadgets presents their newest USB IO device. Combining 4 digital inputs and 4 relays, it's perfect for powering on and off amplifiers, ambient LED lighting, raising a power antenna, or anything else than requires a intelligent power switching.





    Features

    USB controlled and powered.
    This interface is USB for PC control. HID device no drivers needed.
    4 – Relays (1 amp) selectable Normally-Open or Normally-Closed
    4 – Digital Inputs (5 – 30 volt opto-coupled).
    Plug-able Terminal Blocks, (Phoenix style).
    Car PC: Ride Runner support.
    Car PC: Centrafuse support.
    Includes USB A to mini-B cable.
    FREE Developer .NET/Com Object Control Class. (Available in the Developer forum.)

    Package Contents

    USB IO Controller
    USB to mini cable
    DVD



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    Updated 01-03-2011 at 04:32 PM by Jensen2000

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  4. iPad Bezel for Subaru Impreza, WRX, STI Available Q1 2011

    by , 11-30-2010 at 05:48 PM

    Mp3Car and creator, Justin Riley, are pleased to announce the iPad Bezel for 2005-2007 Subaru Impreza/ WRX/ STI models. This item will be available for shipment in Q1 of 2011.

    The bezel redirects the HVAC vents around the iPad and is a direct replacement for the stock dash panel in these vehicles. An iPad dock and side clips securely hold the iPad in place. Pair this with an external amplifier for audio integration and you have the perfect interface for music, movies, Internet radio, social media, and more on a beautiful 10.6” screen.

    Shop for the Direct Fit iPad Bezel For Subaru Impreza, WRX, STI Now




    The bezel has painstakingly been crafted to match the look and feel of the factory console for a fully integrated look. MSRP for the bezel will be around $250. You can preorder the bezel now for $199.


    Included:
    1 Bezel, painted
    1 retainer tab left, painted
    1 retainer tab right, painted
    1 iPad dock tray, unpainted
    1 set of adhesive cosmetics
    6 #6-32 x 1/4" screws
    2 #6-32 x 3/8" screws


    Shop for the Direct Fit iPad Bezel For Subaru Impreza, WRX, STI Now
  5. Mp3Car High Brightness Monitor Comparison

    by , 10-11-2010 at 04:24 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
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