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  1. 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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  2. MeeGo on a car pc - mp3Car forum member nasa at AFK Fest 2010

    by , 10-15-2010 at 12:34 PM

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    MeeGo for the car pc was just released a few weeks ago. The platform has an excellent boot time. Nasa is looking forward to the development of this open sources platform.
  3. 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
  4. NEW* mp3Car Sunlight Readable Monitor HDMI DVI VGA

    by , 09-29-2010 at 02:06 PM

    Struggled with hard to read displays long enough or do you own a convertible? If so, this is for you!

    This display has been optically enhanced to provide better viewing in the automotive environment including:

    * Tranflective enhancement – ensures readability even in direct sunlight
    * Anti-glare technology - provides a wide range of view ability over a wide range of lighting conditions

    NEW* This monitor is now based off the Lilliput 669 but has been painstakingly enhanced to ensure maximum viewability in all lighting conditions. Featuring HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs, this monitor includes all the factory Lilliput accessories.

  5. Hardware Review: Lilliput 669HB

    by , 09-28-2010 at 04:49 PM

    What is it?

    The Lilliput 669HB is the latest version of the 669 series. It offers all of the benefits of the 669GL (reviewed here), with the added function of a high-brightness display

    The Verdict:

    The new version of the Lilliput addresses the one main complaint most people had with the original. The brightness of the display when in direct sunlight is definitely an upgrade over the 669GL, and while the difference may not be enough to upgrade, new potential buyers should look at the 669HB as the first choice in the lilliput product.

    See the Lilliput 669HB on the mp3Car Store here.

    What’s in the box?

    As with most of the Lilliput touchscreen devices out there, the box is packed with everything you need to use the device right away. Included is the 7" TFT display, an HDMI to HDMI/USB cable, DVI to HDMI/USB cable, VGA/composite cable with sub-connector, home power brick, cigarette port power supply, Remote control, touchscreen driver CD, and instruction manual.


    As most of us know by now, the ability to clearly see and control the touchscreen in most car PCs is paramount to the system working as intended. With all of the technical innovations the first-gen 669 series Lilliput carried one gaping flaw in design was the "new" controller board's ability to only display with 200nits of brightness. This new display, the 669HB (high-brightness) addresses this issue. While its still doesn't boast the visual quality of the transflective units that are out there, it does have key features that they still lack. The 669HB excels at providing installation flexibility with it's 4 different methods of signal connection.

    While the VGA and composite cable option is still available (and frankly, still viable), the digital connection options (DVI-I and HDMI) allow for users to get the most out of there 7"-diagonal display. The digital connections allow for the bump in brightness to shine through in a greater light than the 669GL provided. Now you can enjoy the crisp colors and sharper contrasts in the daytime!

    450nits isn't the only change from the first-gen 669. Now also included from the factory is the accessory wire which allows the Lilliput to automatically change to the composite 1 connection upon powering. I found it pretty strange that this was excluded in the 669GL considering there are other, older Lilliputs which have the feature, but now it exists in the 669HB and works as described.

    The 669HB uses the same 5-wire touchscreen controller found in the 629 and 619 7" units now, and the uniformity should come in handy when installers look for double DIN options on the market now. The 669GL used a different, oddly shaped board which made the Double DIN frames available incompatible.

    The only holdover negative from the original 669 device is the lack of auto-dimming control found on many other Lilliput and Xenarc devices. While this technology generally doesn't make or break a monitor, it'd still be nice to have so users wouldn't have to look for alternative means of controlling the screen brightness at night.

    The Positive:

    • Brightness increase means the 669 is on par with other Lilliput LCDs in the daytime
    • HDMI connectivity remains a huge plus
    • Auto-Power and Auto-Switching available from the factory

    The Negative:

    • Still not transflective from the factory (see here for the new transflective version)

    The Verdict:

    The new version of the Lilliput addresses the one main complaint most people had with the original. The brightness of the display when in direct sunlight is definitely an upgrade over the 669GL, and while the difference may not be enough to upgrade, new potential buyers should look at the 669HB as the first choice in the lilliput product

    Updated 09-30-2010 at 04:22 PM by Sonicxtacy02

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