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  1. August Mid-Atlantic MP3car meetup

    by , 07-08-2009 at 11:33 AM
    mp3Car Mid-Atlantic Car Computer AFK Fest

    August 22nd, 2009

    mp3Car is hosting a one-of-a-kind show and BBQ, Saturday August 22, in Baltimore, Maryland. Join computer hackers, car enthusiasts, techies, and audiophiles in a day of informative talks, car computer install presentations, socializing and innovating. Enjoy a free interactive speaker series on mobile computing at the m3pCar offices followed by an informal, outdoor BBQ and Car Computer Show by the Baltimore Harbor.
    Schedule for August 22nd Event:


    • 8am-11am (11:30am BBQ starts about 2 miles west)
    • Bring your ticket. We are almost "sold out" of the free tickets.
    • 5 Speakers, 36 minutes allocated to each speaker including setup time.
    • 20-30 minutes of presentation, remaining time will be used for Q&A
    • Coffee, Fruit and pastries will be available..


    8am - 8:36am
    Vitaliy Maksimov – What is "OBD", anyway?


    • What is OBD
    • OBD Applications
    • Getting at the data
    • Future of OBD
    • Other Resources & Links to check out


    8:36am - 9:12am
    Cabe Sipes - Experiences in car audio – Installing for an audience


    • Mp3car Founder Robert Wray interviews Cabe Sipes about his days at MTV and Rock the Boat
    • Audience Q&A


    9:12am - 9:48am
    Eric Brier - Underserved Computing Markets


    • The white-space between mobile handsets and laptop/desktop.
    • Designing for environments where a traditional mouse & keyboard are not desirable.
    • Alternate Inputs: Touch, Voice, Hardware Button, Remote
    • Market Trends: Broadband Connectivity, Convergence, Moore's Law
    • New Computing Markets: Auto, Air, Hotels, Boating, Kitchen, Restaurant/Bar, etc…


    9:48am - 10:24am
    Mark Miller


    • Capacitors, power systems.
    • How to get the best car computer sound quality with a budget.
    • Things to think about before starting your project or contacting an installer


    10:24am - 11:00am
    Silvio Fiorito– Windows Embedded in the mobile environment. What is it (101), tips, tricks, best practices, DIY.


    • What is windows embedded, the history, background, architecture
    • How to develop a windows embedded image
    • Strengths and Weaknesses of Windows embedded
    • Other tools and DIY windows embedded
    • Performance and reliability optimizations
    • Gui Customizations for the OEM look
    • XP embed with Solid State disks and USB
    • Audience Q/A


    11:30am - 4pm
    mp3Car BBQ and Car Computer Show at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD with Centrafuse, Scantool and many other companies from the mp3Car Community. Get a Free Ticket See map below.
    Confirmed Attendees



    3pm
    Car judging for the best of show contest and prizes awarded. Best car of the show contest - Thousands of dollars in prizes. There will be a first, second and third place prize. Prizes have been donated by mp3Car, Centrafuse, Scantool, Mo-Co-So, and Lilliput.
    Contest rules


    • You Must bring your car to the event.
    • You Must have your car listed in the "Show off your project" section on the mp3Car Forums with 10 photos and some written information.
    • Voting by the attendees the day of the event.
    • Prize pack to be provided to the winners at the event.

    4pm
    mp3Car lab & Office Tour, and get a Free Ticket (required as seating is limited).


    Lodging & Site seeing:



    Check this website http://baltimore.org for some interesting ideas or post questions in our forums events thread.


    What to bring:



    • Your car to enter the contest
    • Beach towel or chair
    • Your ticket (digital copy is fine)
    • Frisbee
    • A camera
    • A friend



    Getting There and Parking:





    • Fort McHenry National Park Navigate to 2400 East Fort Avenue, 21230 (see map below)
    • mp3Car office - Navigate to 2400 Boston Street, 21224 (see map below)




    Questions


    If you have any questions about the events while you are in town, please call Heather at (410) 526-2852 ext. 317. This extension is for AFKFest event related questions only not covered on the events page. Please e-mail [email protected] for sales or customer service related questions.


    Plan B


    In the event of rain, the BBQ will be held in our office building parking lot. Office is located at 2400 Boston ST, Baltimore. This page will be updated the day of the event to disclose the change in location of the BBQ in the event of inclement weather. Please check here before coming. Thanks and we look forward to seeing everyone there!
    All events are free, however we ask that you get a Free Ticket for each event for planning purposes.
    Talk about this on our forums

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:11 PM by optikalefx

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    Technology Events
  2. DashCommand for iPhone

    by , 07-07-2009 at 10:24 AM


    Sean from mp3Car reviews DashCommand for iPhone from Palmer Performance.

    DashCommand stems from its window's counterpart that has been long since in car computers. It offers a wireless connection to your OBD2 port to bring you a ton of engine diagnostic tools.

    With DashCommand for iPhone you can see all your available PID's in multiple skins, follow your acceleration and braking, see your g-forces going around turns, read your car's angle while driving, and keep all of this data for a log.

    The only downside to DashCommand is that you can't swipe between screens, and that you need to tell it to switch to landscape or portrait mode before the sensor graphics look correct. That is because you will be able to customize the dash boards in later version.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:56 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    Products and Technology
  3. Information Overload: CNX P2140 ACPI over USB to control your laptop Hibernate part 2

    by , 07-02-2009 at 02:07 PM


    Goce from mp3Car takes us through the steps to use your p2140 to hibernate and wake up from hibernation of your laptop.

    Materials needed:
    -Laptop
    -CNX P2140
    store.mp3car.com/Carnetix_CNX_P2140_185W_DC_DC_Regulator_p/pwr-026.htm
    -PSUmoni
    carnetix.com/support.html
    -Vehicle installation

    Make sure you watch our last video to learn how to wire the p2140 to power your laptop!

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:57 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    Products and Technology , How To Videos
  4. Open Source Turn by Turn iPhone App using Open Street Maps - Navit

    by , 06-30-2009 at 09:34 AM


    Navit is an open source turn by turn directions app using the free Open Street Maps.

    It is important to note that both the app and the routing engine, along with the map data are all Open Source!

    The app is in beta still and can be downloaded using Cydia.
    Add this source http://szndvc.dyndns.org/cydia/
    and then search for "navit"

    You need a planet.bin file of the Open street maps data. You can use this http://maps.navit-project.org/planet.bin but they have a tool that lets you select a portion of the map to download.
    http://maps.navit-project.org/download/
    That file will go on your iPhone at var/mobile/Media/Maps/planet.bin

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:57 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    Products and Technology
  5. Community Generated Map Data - Passive Vs. Active / Teleatlas Vs. Openstreetmaps

    by , 06-25-2009 at 10:14 AM


    There has been a lot of discussion about community generated maps. Cloudmade and openstreetmap have made immense progress, but their big drawback is that it required active user input to have the data be routable or reliable. Teleatlas has jumpstarted community generated maps by releasing a paid passively generated database that has been created and augmented by free passive user inputs. (teleatlas press release )

    In this Youtube interview Rik Temmink boasts 7 million reports in 18 months which have generated 1 trillion gps measurements on the road network. He describes the beauty of passive user inputs.
    The big drawback here is that Teletlas is now charging for these maps generated by their users. Why can't we hack our PDAs, phones, and other devices to create free maps? Most people don't think about the super high costs of map data. Hopefully the community can unite:

    • Collecting and sharing GPS data
    • Writing an algorithm to process this data into routable and usable information
    • Cleaning up open source algorithms to use this new data
    • Make the data free and globally available

    There are a lot of business and innovation blocks created when you have a monopoly of map data providers(Teleatlas/Navteq). How do we fix this?

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:12 PM by optikalefx

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    mp3Car News