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  1. Mp3car.com, Digital-car.co.uk, and mp3car.ru acquired

    by , 04-01-2009 at 09:52 AM
    Mp3car.com, Digital-car.co.uk, and mp3car.ru have been acquired by Mr. Jack Smittinghurst, a new mp3car forum user that goes by the name Abolition. The cash only deal was signed late in the evening last night at 6pm GMT for 8 million British pounds sterling. Details of how the money was split are unavailable. Founders of Mp3car.com and Digital-car.co.uk have been unavailable for comment.

    Mr. Smittinghurst is expected to meet later this week in Washington, DC with President Obama’s CTO Vivek Kundram on how this new international mobile computing partnership could help spur growth in the economy and inspire international cooperation.

    Mr. Smittinghurst was quoted as saying “We look forward to using technology from the three communities to facilitate “greener” transportation.” We also hope to expand into other markets. Specifically, we hope to use this global technology and community to make international warfare more eco-friendly by documenting and supplying spud cannon parts and accessories through a redesigned mp3car.com store

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:19 PM by optikalefx

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    mp3Car News
  2. Best of Mp3Car - volume 1, 4.1.09

    by , 03-31-2009 at 11:22 AM
    The best of innovation and development from the Mp3Car.com forums.

    Fabrication

    Want to see how to mold a dash in your Cadillac Escalade? Member Brian at Nexations Creations has posted pictures of his latest work here .

    Member WuNgUn is making progress on his bezel and paintwork and is asking for forum members to critique it. The fab includes a Griffin powermate and custom gauges mounted into the bezel. Nice work!

    OBDII

    Finally, an OBDII implementation for OSX and Unix! Community member chunkyks has created an OBD GPS logger application that does exactly what it says - reads OBDII data from any ELM 327 device and logs it to a file. You can output the information to a visualizer like Google Earth. A GREAT start to the OBDII issue for Macs and Unix systems! We hope to see this implementation extended to provide full functionality on both platforms. See more info at chunkyks website: http://icculus.org/obdgpslogger/

    Member willmeyer has an OBDII plug that is big and ugly and sticks straight out of the socket into the footwell. He found a solution to his problem form michbound, OBDPros vendor that keeps him from reorienting the car's OBDII plug. Read about it here .

    Emerging technology

    My quest to kill my car PC is investigating using a bluetooth touchscreen controller to control the iPhone. Know anything about this hardware or software for the iPhone? Head on over and give me a hand !

    Community development

    Community continues to work on Bluetooth integration - Standalone BlueSoleil wrapper from lambosprit. Rather than continue to suffer headaches with integrating bluetooth into the PC environment for mobile phones, lambosprit has decided to fix it using the Bluesoleil bluetooth stack. This week, he released a standalone BlueSoleil wrapper for Ride Runner. The wrapper comes complete with a sample VB.net express 2008 project that demonstrates how to use it. Developers can now use the wrapper to build their own custom bluetooth functions in RR plugins or standalone applications.

    Interested in Bluetooth on the PC but aren't a coder? Don't miss lambosprit's mobilephone plugin for Ride Runner. The plugin is based on ANOTHER member's work (Lucifer) on a mobilephone plugin. lambosprit has added the BlueSoleil bluetooth stack to the mix. Several members, including tempgp are helping, offering, or testing the plug-in.

    Excellent worklog and install - I rarely read people's worklogs because they usually depress me. My car PC used to be a slick and well disguised OEM looking installation but lately it's looked more like Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory with cables all over the interior. It's driving me nuts but that's the cost of experimentation. However, if you'd like to see what a great install looks like, with TONS of detail and nearly 500 posts actively following the progress, check out member rdholtz's great worklog. There's lots of advice and information. You'll find plenty to learn and his detailed index to the thread on post 1 will save you reading the whole thing.

    Ride Runner

    Love the iPhone interface and want it on your PC? Member route78 has released a beta.1 of an iPhone skin. It handles music and video and next version plans to support external gps, web browser, settings, mixer, background changes and possibly phone. Looks gorgeous! Check it out.

    Something different

    Those crazy Aussies are at it again. Member Abolition has been posting with questions about how to install twin spud cannons in his car. So far, he's been dissuaded by forum members from his original plan to fire it using gasoline or LP from his dual fuel vehicle. He's currently searching for the right materials to fire it using compressed air. Check in on his progress here .

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:20 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    mp3Car News
  3. DIY – Wireless USB monitor

    by , 02-24-2009 at 04:55 PM


    How to build your own wireless USB monitor - We took an IOGear wireless VGA device (GUC2015V), an M1-ATX, a Lilliput 10” monitor and a laptop battery to make a super hacked wireless monitor. If you spent more than an hour on this you could really make this hack usable. We couldn’t get more than 15’ of range out of this with line of sight, but it was fun to try. Based on the amperage of the devices, we could theoretically get a few hours out of this per charge.

    ***Update 2-26-2009
    Other power supplies that could be used:
    The m3-atx is probably a better supply to use for this project.

    How much Power does this use?
    260 milli amps for just the receiver.
    1.1 amps for the receiver and screen.
    Our battery has a capacity at 14.8 volts of 6600mAH.
    Does this mean we get 6 hours of run time? Wow.

    Host CPU Loads tested on my desktop
    DisplayLinkManager is what does the processing for the Wireless VGA adapter.

    Hardware used for testing
    3 year old 2.8 Ghz Pentium D Dual core CPU
    4gb of Ram
    Windows XP
    800x480 output

    CPU Load Results
    0% - CPU load with an idle screen (desktop only)
    0-2% - CPU load with google talk
    2-3% - VLC movie paused
    9%-12% - VLC playing a movie



    Part 2 Video Transcript:

    Hi. My name is Rob Wray with MP3 Car. I told you we would test out this wireless monitor in the car, so for the last hour we’ve been goofing around in the parking lot of our office trying to get this to work. And actually it worked perfectly right off the bat the same way as it did work in our office. I just wanted to do something off-the-wall with it.

    So it’s working perfectly. I happen to have a Centrifuge help video loaded on the monitor right now. We’ve got a great wireless signal. We’ve done some calculations recently. We think this little hack job here can get about six hours of wireless time using the 10” monitor. So that’s pretty exciting. And we’ve been really happy with the video quality playback.

    The first thing that we tried to do to hack it, to make it look kind of cool and newsworthy was to hack in a USB HDTV tuner. So we did that. It worked well except the HDTV won’t play on this monitor. There’s certain things that don’t work well over ultra wideband USB and apparently the GT HD tuner that we sell in our store is one of those things that doesn’t work well.

    We also had some problems with getting StreetDeck to work well wirelessly over ultra wideband, but things like VLC which I used in my previous demo worked wonderfully. You get great frame rate playback, and that sort of thing. So I’m going to go ahead and start this movie here, and you can see that the picture quality’s pretty good.

    So we’ve been pretty happy with this as a solution. The only thing that we’ve seen is that, again it doesn’t support all video formats, and you also get – every now and then you’ll get a little bit of a wiggle over here on the left side. I’m assuming that’s from some type of interference that’s happening as a result of the engine alternator or various other little things. But it was happening before and now it’s completely gone away, so I think it’s almost unnoticeable.

    So try this at home. Thanks for watching our blog.

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

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    How To Videos
  4. CES 2009 - Forum member redgti’s car

    by , 01-10-2009 at 11:42 AM


    We run into forum member RedGTI on the CES 2009 Show floor

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:39 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    Technology Events
  5. CES 2009 - What’s new at Azentek

    by , 01-10-2009 at 11:30 AM


    After 2-3 years of never shipping the Azentek Atlas, Azentek is taking a more conservative approach to launching product. They were planning on showing their single din car computer here at CES, but have decided to hold off until it becomes available for sale. Azentek also got car computing some exposure on good morning America.

    Check out our video for more details.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:42 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    Technology Events , Products and Technology
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