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  1. Laser Touch Screen Computer from Ampire At ESC Boston 2009

    by , 10-06-2009 at 10:15 AM

    Rob Wray from mp3Car takes a look at a custom laser touch screen notebook computer by Ampire.

    This touch screen panel is capacitive and multi-touch. The niche is that the LCD is is made to detect light from the laser. Therefore you can get very accurate touches on a screen built with this technology, as well as touch the screen from as far as the laser can go.
  2. AFKfest 2009 - Mike Car Computer Install

    by , 09-07-2009 at 12:21 PM

    Rob Wray from mp3Car Talks with Mike L. about his car computer install. What is unique about this install is the use of Garmin Mobile. Although it may look like it Garmin is not running in Centrafuse, it's the stand alone program.

    Mike also has a VNC client for his windows mobile device that allows him to interact with his phone from using the touch screen instead of having to use the small 2 inch screen on the phone.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:37 PM by optikalefx

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  3. 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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  4. Ford Sync version 3 at Detroit Telematics 2009

    by , 06-18-2009 at 11:43 AM

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    mp3Car's Rob Wray interviews Mark Schunder about Ford Sync Version 3

    In this video we take a ride with one of Ford's engineers to give you the technical side, and much less the marketing pitch for Ford Sync.

    Ford sync version 3 will give you the ability to speak to your vehicle and get services such as turn by turn directions, sports and weather.

    Updated 06-18-2010 at 11:44 AM by optikalefx

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  5. Mobile phone meshing - Connect your car to the internet cloud

    by , 01-14-2009 at 11:15 AM
    Based on our experiences at CES this year MP3car is creating this new forum. “Mobile phone meshing – Safely Connect your car to the internet cloud

    This forum is going to be a lot more than just connecting. This is going to be the place to talk about hacking and meshing your mobile computing devices into the car. If we can find a way to connect Iphones and smart phones into existing in vehicle displays and controls, this will be a wonderful benefit for those of us who just want to carry one device and developers trying to prove out connected car concepts.

    Same of the challenges we need to work on:


    • Phone user interface retooling and modifications for the driver
    • Connecting your smart phone to the car
    • Connecting accessories to the above (hard drives, flash memory, GPS, engine diagnostics, tracking)
    • Mirroring your built in phone display with the display in the car.



    We have also created a specific iphone section to talk about some of the early progress already being made to mirror the video content of the iphone with external displays - an excellent start to phone phone car meshing.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:23 PM by optikalefx

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