Estima CarPC v2.0 build up pics
Here are some pics of the build for version 2 of my CarPC, not much to show yet, but I thought if I posted them it would make sure that I actually finished the damn project this time!
I had a boot install before but the box got too big and started getting in the way, and all those cables....
I also have the problem of my touchscreen not working, and if it did my seating position means I would have to lean forward to operate it, not cool at all.
This version fits between the front seats which keeps all the cables shorter and for control uses a hacked up Belkin Nostromo speedpad and mouse.
The 10 buttons can be programmed to do anything and can have different functions for each program, so as you change focus they will run different macros. The directional pad can also emulate the mouse pointer, which I have found to be the best way of moving the pointer in the car, as a 'left press' makes the pointer move in a straight line to the left at a fixed speed instead of 'jumping around' like a trackball does.
I have also mounted the scroll wheel from the mouse and momentary switches to operate the three mouse buttons the coloured switches on the right are for PC and GPS power.
The finished article will be carpeted to match the interior, and there will be a motorised cover for the control area, along with a slide out keyboard under the dash, and a stealth cover for the lilliput under the aircon grilles.
Does this sound familiar?
I was dead happy with my work so far, and proudly sat the console in the car so I could look at it on the way to work and imagine everything was working....
25 miles in to a 30 mile trip to work, GRAUNCH! a front wheel bearing collapses at 70mph.. nightmare 5 hour trip home, big repair bill to come... Don't you just love cars?
(mighty ****ed off)