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  1. AFK Fest 2010 - Paul's Internet Connected Volvo

    by , 09-01-2010 at 02:25 PM

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    Rob Wray, from mp3Car, takes a closer look at forum member PaulF's Volvo S60. He vehicle was one of the most 'teched out' at this year's AFKFest 2010.

    One of the main features of his car is the SheevaPlug, which runs 24/7 on an optima battery next to his standard carputer. The SheevaPlug acts as a webserver with a custom Centrafuse app that interacts with it. From the internet, he can turn his lights on, roll up or down his windows, start up his standard computer, and even hit play on his favorite song before he reaches the vehicle. He can even text message his vehicle to do many of these same actions.

    Checkout Parts 2 and 3 below

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    Updated 10-13-2010 at 01:26 AM by optikalefx

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  2. Lilliput Introduces High Brightness 5 Wire Resistive Touch Monitor

    by , 08-31-2010 at 10:57 AM

    Introducing Lilliput's latest rendition of their 7" touch screenmonitor with HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs. 50% brighter than the standard669GL-70NP/C/T. 5 wire resistive touch screen instead of 4 (with the standard 669) makes touch input control more precise.

    Key Features:
    -HDMI, DVI, or VGA inputs
    -High Brightness: 450 CD/M≤
    -5 Wire Resistive Touch Screen, USB Interface
    -1 Year Warranty

  3. AFK Fest 2010 - Steve's Custom Delorean

    by , 08-27-2010 at 03:02 PM

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    Rob Wray, from mp3Car, talks with Steve about his Delorean. He was a great last minute and unexpected surprise at this year's AFKFest. This car is nicely restored and fully customized from the lights to the wheels and body.

    Steve fabricated the headlights and front facade of the car himself as the original parts had either been damaged or weren't to his liking. The gull-wing doors aren't the only cool feature though. The car has a built in touch screen and a 3 port USB hub built into the console. The computer is a laptop installed in the back of the vehicle.

    Steve's Delorean won 4th prize for best install this year.
  4. AFK Fest 2010 - Marie-Jessique Ford F150

    by , 08-26-2010 at 01:34 PM

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    Rob Wray from mp3Car takes a look inside Marie-Jessique Gonzalez's Ford F150, the winner of AFK Fest 2010 best in show award.

    This truck is decked out with redundant power systems. In the event one battery fails, one of two other batteries will support the on board electronics.
    Marie also has a remote video system with her web cam enabling her to pull up her dash camera display from home.

    The next stage in the build for Marie is to install a servo motor on the dash cam to enable her to pan 360 degrees for remote video access.

    Updated 08-26-2010 at 02:44 PM by Heather

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  5. How to Power Your 2010 Mac Mini In A Vehicle, by MCT, Inc.

    by , 08-20-2010 at 10:29 AM


    Well folks, it's finally been done. With the help of ifixit.com, Mikegyver Computer & Tech., Inc. has posted illustrated instructions on how to bypass the internal AC to DC power adapter inside all new Mac Minis. This will make it relatively straight forward (definitely not easy) to use a CarNetix CNX-P2140 power regulator to power your Mac Mini in a mobile environment. Here are the instructions, courtesy of the MCT, Inc. website:

    Ok, so hereís how we did it, however we donít like re-inventing the wheel (rather then to improve on it) we going to refer you to ifixit.com on disassembly first.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Mac-M...eardown/3094/1

    Please do steps 1-14, and 22. Then come back here.

    After you have disassembled your Mac mini, remove the power supply and re-assemble everything like so. Reconnect the power supply on the outside of the Mac Mini.

    1) Cut the positive wires, and the Negative wires. Note the Middle wire:


    2) Solder Pos wires together, and solder Neg wires together.


    3) Find a wire and solder to it to make leads longer:


    4) Solder the other end of the wire to a Panel mount DC jack:


    5) Run it to the back of the Mac Mini where the AC cable used to plug in:


    6) Find a Car cig plug (we sell them) and solder it to a 2.1mm plug: However, we strongly recommend a voltage regulator such as the CarNetix CNX-P2140 or CNX-P1900.


    7) Hereís how it looks fully assembled.


    8) Plug in to the Mac Mini and youíre done!

    NOTE: We tested with operating voltages of 10v all the way up to 15vdc, however we STRONGLY recommend you use a voltage regulator.


    Please Note: Mp3Car cannot assume any liability for modifying your Mac Mini. Opening and modifying your Mac Mini will most likely void your Apple warranty.