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

    by , 01-03-2011 at 05:13 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.


    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


    Updated 01-03-2011 at 05:32 PM by Jensen2000

    Products and Technology
  2. Hardware Review: ISEE IGEPv2 embedded computing platform

    by , 12-20-2010 at 11:35 AM

    What is it?

    The IGEPv2 is a fan-less, low-power computer system featuring an OMAP3530 processor.

    The Verdict:

    The IGEPv2 is a car PC hacker’s dream platform. It's a true power-sipping design with enough processor to handle most embedded car PC functions. The real benefit to the IGEPv2 is its flexibility. However, the fact that it doesn’t run windows adds complexity to the software installation process and restricts front end options. The fact is, unless you are a Linux programmer the IGEPv2 may be more trouble than its worth.

    What's in the box?

    The IGEPv2 board.


    The IGEPv2 is the latest of a batch of ultra-portable, low-power embedded systems available to consumers. Measuring it at 3.7 x 2.5 X 0.7 inches, the IGEP has connectors for everything an installer could need to run the device as a primary car PC. Included is 1 DVI over HDMI port, 1 micro SD port for external storage, 1 USB OTG port, 1 USB host port, 1 stereo audio-out and 1 line-in port. Also included is a built-in wireless b/g card, built-in Bluetooth, and a RJ-45 Ethernet port. As if that weren’t enough the IGEPv2 has a RS232 serial debug port and several connectors for daughterboard add-ons. Conceivably, you could use the IGEP with any existing hardware you have.

    The IGEPv2 comes with an embedded Texas Instruments OMAP3530 processor running at 720mhz. While nowhere near top of the line, the processor will adequately perform tasks. The IGEPv2 has 4GHZ of flash NAND memory. This allows a portion of the on-board memory to contain the operating system files and boot configurations. The IGEPv2 features an OpenGL ES 2.0 capable graphics accelerator. While it’s certainly not capable of running HD video, it’s more than capable to run front ends like Open Mobile and MeeGo. That is of course, if you can figure out how to install them. Because the IGEPv2 is built on ARM architecture, it will not run your standard windows operating systems and front ends.

    Without windows as the standard go-to operating system for car computer installations, IGEPv2 is capable of utilizing several other alternatives. The IGEPv2 comes with a Linux distribution named Poky. While not pretty, poky is capable for use as a front end in itself. It loads quickly and has an easy to use (if not generic) interface. Honestly though, most purchasers of the IGEPv2 will use one of the many alternatives such as Ubuntu Linux, Android, Windows Embedded, or MeeGo. This flexibility is truly the key benefit of a device like the IGEPv2. Advanced users and people familiar with linux technologies can design and build a custom version of software which will allow them to optimize the lower-class specifications of the board. For my review, I allowed the users of the mp3Car forums to decide which operating system to install, and they chose Ubuntu Linux. Installing Ubuntu was not easy. There are instructions installers can find through the manufacturer website that show how to easily install Ubuntu via SD card. The problem is to the best of my knowledge, these instructions are incomplete. After several days of attempts, I finally caved in and got my Linux buddy to build and install for me.

    Once installed, the IGEPv2 can run Ubuntu smoothly. There are moments where you can tell the OMAP processor is being tested, such as during video playback or loading a large flash file, but the overall experience was pleasant. There shouldn’t be a problem running Open Mobile. The main problem with running Ubuntu on the IGEPv2 is wifi and bluetooth connectivity will not work as there are currently no drivers available.So with software installed, you have yourself a neat little Car PC, barring you can overcome a few other drawbacks. Because the IGEPv2 requires a clean 5v, you still will need some sort of automotive power supply in order to power it. The obvious benefit of usually only 5v is the power savings. I can run my IGEPv2 in car for 5 days without worrying about my battery not starting. But I think the device should have some method of 12v-5v voltage regulation on board. The second omission on the IGEPv2 is the lack of any kind of battery. This means your system will require a pretty reliable internet connection to show the proper time and date. This problem becomes more prevalent when you figure that some front ends and their associated plugins require clock-based functions. The last and perhaps smallest issue is that the host USB port requires a self-powered usb hub. I was unable to use my single-cord usb keyboard and mouse combo until i connected a 12v powered usb hub in front of it.

    The Positive:

    • Small form factor and built for low-power operation
    • Flexible software options
    • Various expansion options
    • 100% silent, fanless operation

    The Negative:

    • Requires an automotive power supply for the 5v
    • Software installation is for the advanced only, few front end options
    • No CMOS battery
    • USB Host mode requires a powered usb hub

    The Verdict:

    The IGEPv2 is a car PC hacker’s dream platform. It's a true power-sipping design with enough processor to handle most embedded car PC functions. The real benefit to the IGEPv2 is its flexibility. However, the fact that it doesn’t run windows adds complexity to the software installation process and restricts front end options. The fact is, unless you are a Linux programmer the IGEPv2 may be more trouble than its worth.

    Updated 12-20-2010 at 12:47 PM by Sonicxtacy02

    Product Reviews
  3. Now Is The Best Time To Purchase A New Lilliput

    by , 12-01-2010 at 03:55 PM

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    Updated 12-20-2010 at 08:31 AM by Jensen2000

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

    by , 11-30-2010 at 06:48 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.

    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. TranStar Dagger GT 2000HP 300MPH - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-16-2010 at 12:01 AM

    At SEMA this year, we were eager to see some of the most performance oriented vehicles as well as some of the latest and greatest in mobile technology. Among our picks to see: the Hennessey Venom GT. Afterall, 1200 bhp and 1155 lb-ft of torque in a car weighing 2685lbs has got to be fun. As we walked up the Mobile 1 booth, where the Venom was supposed to be, it became overly apparent the vehicle was incognito. Disappointed, we looked for an explanation from a Mobile 1 representative. Apparently the vehicle was caught up in customs somewhere and might not be making an appearance at the show for the next several days, if at all. Our search, then, switched to find other amazing performance vehicles as obviously the threat of importing weapons of mass destruction or illegal substances in one of the world’s fastest supercars is prominent.

    This lead us to the TranStar Dagger GT. Two-thousand horsepower, 300MPH, in a car that weights 3000 pounds sounds like a bit of a fairytale. Too good to be true? Maybe. But TranStar Racing is eager to seek investors to facilitate the production of their Dagger GT to find out. Still, their “suspended” website might not be the best image to convey to wealthy individuals. Several years in the design process and the car is still “several months” from being actually race track ready. Still, if produced, TranStar assures us that the $500K+ vehicle will deliver performance stats nothing short of scary. The below performance specs are estimated.

    • Weight to Horsepower Ratio: 1.2:1
    • 0-60 mph: 1.2 seconds
    • ¼ Mile: 6.6 seconds @ 204 mph
    • Top speed: 314 mph
    • 60-0 mph Braking Distance: < 100 feet
    • Fuel consumption @ 300 mph: 5 gallons per minute
    • Time to empty @ 300 mph: < 5 minutes
    • 0-100-0: < 10 seconds
    • 0-60-0: < 4 seconds

    Again, just scary in a vehicle without wings.

    The one that caught my eye the most is fuel burn at 300 mph. I would be more than happy to just get to 300 mph for just a split second and I think the least of my worries would be how much fuel I’m burning while I’m there or how long I could theoretically stay at this ludicrous speed. My thoughts would be in the realm of how to avoid being flung up in to the approach path of a nearby landing aircraft or how to get back below 300 mph as quickly as possible because my stomach’s about to turn up-side-down. At 300 mph, the Dagger GT is traveling 5 miles per minute and burning 1 gallon every mile, a figure likely to be frowned upon by the EPA. To put this another way, the Dagger GT is burning 1 gallon every 12 seconds. It’s difficult to even dispense fuel at this rate at the local yacht fueling station, where they’re used to filling 1000+ gallon tanks.

    According to the Dagger GT technical specifications worksheet, electronics will include “custom Azentek onboard computer system, 9” touch screen dash-mounted monitor, infotainment/nav system, vehicle/ engine diagnostics, Dolby Surround Sound, voice recognition software, 120 GB HD, DVD/CD player, MP3, Windows Vista [?], Internet WiFi, satellite radio, PC card, Bluetooth, and more.”

    There will be five possible models; three race models and two street models. I thought the manufacturer’s description of each was interesting:

    • “Dagger GT-R will be our road racing model, with a dynamic, computer-managed split rear wing, set up to challenge and establish new lap records at Virginia International Raceway and at Nurburgring, Germany.
    • Dagger GT-LS will be our land-speed model with 500 mph rated M/T landspeed tires, forward ballast, full bellypan with twin venturi tunnels, land-speed wheel covers, intake aero plugs, parachute, Bonneville rollcage and a range of other options to help our buyers set new landspeed records in excess of 300 mph. Options will include landspeed instrumentation/avionics [with an altimeter?] packages, windshield options and other possibilities.
    • Dagger GT-D will be our drag racing model with Goodyear Pro Stock Slicks, or DOT drag tires, hydraulic-launched doubld drag chutes, NHRA rollcage and a modified/changeable rear suspension that will enable 200 mph in the quarter mile and emulate Pro Stock traction mechanics which routinely produce 200 mph timeslips with much less power.
    • Dagger GT-S will be our “Sport” model, a street-legal version of the GT-R model. The owner can specify his/her suspension preference. This is our ‘base’ model starting at $500,000+.
    • Dagger GT-X will be our luxury model with a custom interior designed especially for you by After FX Customs, the premier after-market paint and interior firm in the U.S. The options you may specify are unlimited, subject to feasibility.”

    So if you’re in the market for a $500,000+ Veyron killer, TranStar racing promises at least a college try of superseding many of the Veyron’s speed records.

    Source: TranStar Racing Dagger GT Preliminary Technical Specifications, 2010.