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  1. CES 2009 Car Computers and telematics Discussions

    by , 01-07-2009 at 01:06 PM
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    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:46 PM by optikalefx

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  2. Amazing Audi CarPC Case Mod - Community Innovation

    by , 12-28-2008 at 11:01 AM

    Forum member coucouillu Has something rather outrageous in the works. He has modified his existing Symphony II radio from his 2006 Audi A3 to incorporate a motorized touchscreen. But this project goes way beyond that:

    Coucouillu began his mission with some simple Cad drawings to determine if this project was even feasible. Understanding his space limitations he began to modify his hardware to suit his needs. He turned the atx connector on an M3 sideways and desoldered some motherboard components and extended them for additional space. Following this he began to shape the face panel of the radio enclosure. The CD player and Cassette deck were unnecessary for this design so they were removed, patched, and modified to fit a lilliput motorized monitor.

    Now how the heck do you manage to merge a stock Audi radio and a motorized Screen? By converging the mechanism from a LM Digital 6501 and the screen from a motorized Lilliput with a custom pcb all cut and hacked to fit into double-din Symphony's footprint. Oo Yeah, a computer fits in there too. Maybe these pictures explain a little better…

    Just when you thought this job was complicated enough, coucouillu decided that the Lilliput microcontroller just wasn’t going to make the cut. After some testing and help from fellow forum members, coucouillu was able to devise his own PICBASIC microcontroller for the functions of the monitor. Here is a little video for proof.

    Final customizations include a custom faceplate pcb, altered leds to match the Symphony II’s appeal, and a front USB port. -- Coucouillu recently scrapped his existing Jetway mobo for a smaller more powerful Commell LS-372. He has added a custom heatpipe, and completely hacked a uSDC to plug directly into the motherboard. I am expecting to see a finished product in the near future! To completely appreciate this project, I advise taking a few minutes to browse the thread. As alway, if you have a project you are working on or know of a community innovation, send a PM or post here .

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:47 PM by ecog

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  3. CES 2009 - Miroamer makes first Internet Car radio? We think not.

    by , 12-16-2008 at 05:36 PM
    We think not. Our users have been doing internet radio in their cars for years (at least 2005) . We will most likely stop by their booth to “hear” how this compares to competing solutions like Panodora.
    It is hard to beat 160kb radio streams from stations like Radioparadise . In my opinion current miRoamer streams sound HORRIBLE!

    See the full release and Talk about this here:

    Full pre-release:

    "miRoamer (, a global innovator in the Internet radio industry, will announce a partnership with Blaupunkt, one of the world’s leading consumer electronics manufacturers and specialists in car multimedia, at CES 2009. The partnership will introduce the world’s first Internet car radio, giving drivers access the world’s largest and most diverse selection of Internet radio content through their car stereo.
    Today, users want to jump in their car and go – no pulling out third-party devices or plugging in cords to access their music and information. The world’s first Internet car radio enables drivers of vehicles fitted with new Blaupunkt stereos to tune into miRoamer’s tens of thousands of radio stations from around the world. Now, with the simple push of a button, users can access AM/FM stations or Internet radio’s thousands of music, entertainment, news and talk stations from around the world, all from the same car stereo.

    miRoamer will be giving live demonstrations at Booth #5418 in the North Hall at CES, as well as at Table # 43 at CES Unveiled. Any interest in being one of the first to see the world’s first Internet car radio? Thanks!


    Ryan Greives

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:44 PM by ecog

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  4. Now where do we put the airbag?

    by , 12-15-2008 at 10:57 AM

    Now what would really be cool is to have an accelerometer or some other sensor built into the steering wheel so the image always rotated and was rendered based on the steering wheel position. I bet there is a patent there. That woudl sell some dual core CPUS. Talk about it here.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:43 PM by ecog

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  5. Magden Linux OBDII & Gauge, Performance Software

    by , 11-18-2008 at 09:43 AM

    Magden has a current business model of selling an x86 PC with their linux gauge software. I can see how this would be great for people who don't want to integrate their own apps and want the power of a computer in their car with less setup hassle. We strongly encouraged the magden team to consider the sale of their software and hardware to the community, even if they release it with little or no support.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:40 PM by ecog

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