Designed with the supprot and feedback of our community, the fusion brain guys have done it again – At midnight EST today they released version 4 of their fusion brain control center.
Improvements over Brain v3:
16 Digital Outputs13 Analog InputsSelectable Power Source (USB or 12vDC Jack)30% smaller form factor (70mm X 45mm)Better power filtering and protectionAbility to update firmware via USBAbility to update firmware via ICSP header in event of bootloader corruptionImproved signal routing for analog inputsPulse Width Modulation, 256 steps with 42uS minimum pulse width (may need firmware update, provided free and uploadable over USB)
Previous versions of the fusion brain have been used for:
Christmas Car GPS Steered Tractor Steering wheel controlsHVAC control
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Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:35 PM by ecog
The Chinese manufacturer Bluestar has been making double din all in one units for a few years now. Online carPC retailers digitalww and hipepc have stocked blue star's products in the past but those retailers have now closed up shop.
Mp3car expects to test samples within the next few months to see if this something mp3Car will offer in the hobbyist marketplace(mp3car store). So far so good!
Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:23 PM by ecog
Hyundai Genesis Apple Mac book / air / mini explosion & Sneak peek
Everyone has been setting up for SEMA for the last 3 days. I happened to walk by the Hyundai booth yesterday while one of the vice presidents was rehearsing for their 9:30am press conference today. They had the usual un-blanketing of cars and performance celebrities there to talk. What I was really there for was the car computer geerkery. The real details about this project will have to wait until Tuesday when the real press conference starts, but here are some sneak peek photos.
I am already slightly disappointed with the mac install. It seems like more of an attempt to get press than a functional implementation. I saw one of the macbook airs plugged into an AC port which would imply no ignition integration. It is always harder to put in a DC-DC regulator. Why do installers just use inverters especially on a high profile car like this? Is it laziness or unknown technical mojo that is driving this?
Answer this question and talk about this install on our forums.
If there is hot mobile computer tech at SEMA that we haven’t written about, Let us know.
For you Hyundai or Genesis addicts I posted a quick 1m video of their VP practicing and doing a quick dance.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 04:11 PM by ecog
The double din Guru car computer has hit the shelves . A quick overview with the subject of a previous blog post.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:58 PM by ecog
One of our military customers who regularly installs MP3car's 7” transflective LCD product in Apache helicopters was kind enough to share some photos side by side with aircraft instruments. From what we are told this is as close as you can get to military grade sunlight readability without spending military amounts of cash. Very cool! Thanks for sharing the photos.
Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:52 PM by ecog