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  • AFK Fest 2010 Connected Car Demo planning thread

    Bugbyte and I would like to show off the "connected car" theory at AFK fest this year. This thread will hopefully help outline what we want to show and track progress.

    Also, FYI, my attendance this year is still "pending approval" .

    What we'd like to show:

    * Demonstrate low-power hardware that can act as a "hub" for other devices (phone, desktop, other carpc, etc) to connect to the car's subsystems.
    * Demo software that gathers and logs system information from the car (obd-II, power states)
    * Demonstrate retrieving information over the Internet (osdash, irc, etc)
    * Demonstrate control of the system/car from the Internet
    * Demonstrate the system doing "stuff" based upon the proximity of other devices.
    * Demonstrate system power management.

    What components we need:

    Hardware:
    * SheevaPlug
    * Wifi/bluetooth
    * GPS
    * OBD-II scantool

    Software:
    * Linux
    * bluemonkey
    * nobdy
    * proximity

    TODO:
    * Get bluemonkey opensourced [now available in repo]
    * Write OSDash tracker code for bluemonkey [DONE]
    * Write dcdc-usb code for bluemonkey [DONE]
    * Create package for any deps where no package exists [DONE]
    * Update binary packages for bluemonkey, nobdy, proximity [DONE]
    * [NEW] write tcp and/or bluetooth plugins for nobdy
    * Install on sheeva
    * Test
    * Rinse, Repeat

    External dependencies:
    * libobd no_blacklist support [DONE]
    * libdcdc-usb [DONE]
    Former author of LinuxICE, nghost, nobdy.
    Current author of Automotive Message Broker (AMB).
    Works on Tizen IVI. Does not represent anyone or anything but himself.

  • #2
    i cant freakin wait for this. This is the next-level stuff we all wish we could do with our car PCs
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    • #3
      I'm tentatively planning on supplying the iBug as the demo car platform. I'll supply also the following hardware:

      1. Sheeva plug
      2. Royaltek Sapphire GPS antenna (NMEA compliant, runs on pl2303 driver)
      3. Netgear WGR614 v3 WiFi access point/router
      4. OBD interface - either an OBDPros or OBDlink or Vag-com USB .
      (Any vendors who are interested in demonstrating a WiFi or Bluetooth version of their OBD device, let me know!).
      5. Mp3car 12v USB hub
      6. Car audio system with aux input and BASIC BT receiver.
      7. iPad as main display using VNC over WiFi, IRC over 3G, or direct control for playback and navigation.
      8. Mac Mini w/VMware fusion running Linux ICE.
      9. Intel D945G system
      10. 320 gig USB HD

      Needed: a Bluetooth device (I have the old mp3car BT USB dongle that worked with Streetdeck, but not sure if that will work or not), Minibox USB power supply

      Other stuff that would be nice to demonstrate but we probably won't be able to get in gear by afkfest:

      1. Controlling fusion brain via Sheeva plug
      2. Controlling mp3car HD radio via Malcom's Linux driver (I have the radio and interface)
      3. Controlling XM via Sheeva (Again, I have the XM box and interface and both USB and serial cables)
      Originally posted by ghettocruzer
      I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
      Want to:
      -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
      -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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      • #4
        Update: I'm in the process of removing the fold up screen to see if it can be modded to put the iPad in place of the Xenarc 8" screen.

        Next, I'll pull the dash out of the car, then most of the guts with the goal of reinstalling the headunit in the normal location.

        My goal is to have a mostly wireless installation and where I do have wires (USB cables), keep them located in a single spot.
        Originally posted by ghettocruzer
        I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
        Want to:
        -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
        -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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        • #5
          Update:

          bluemonkey now supports reading voltage and ignition from the dcdc-usb. Next step is to make it read all the hardcoded settings from a config file and open source the beast (and remove all the curse words from the source :P ).
          Former author of LinuxICE, nghost, nobdy.
          Current author of Automotive Message Broker (AMB).
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          • #6
            Kev - what version of LinuxIce should I have loaded on the Mac Mini - or would you rather I load it on the Intel D945?

            I'd like to try to get one system configured with your Linux stuff and the other with a Windows system - I guess with RR on it. Plus the iPad based system.

            I presume I can get VNC for Linux, yes? If so, what is the right package to install?

            Also, what type of configuration do you want on the Sheeva? Type of file system, packages installed, etc? I can try to get them set up and going before we do any software configuration.
            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
            Want to:
            -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
            -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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            • #8
              Any more software/hardware you need?

              I'm going to reach out to all the vendors on this to see if they can donate this stuff. I'll be sending them all an email early next week for this event.
              Suggestions or Comments on the forums? Post here.

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              Feel free to pm me if you:
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              • #9
                Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                Kev - what version of LinuxIce should I have loaded on the Mac Mini - or would you rather I load it on the Intel D945?
                Mac Mini is intel based right? It should be okay. LinuxICE 2.0.1 is all that will be needed.

                I presume I can get VNC for Linux, yes? If so, what is the right package to install?
                Yep, there are several variants of vnc available. If you install vinagre, you should be set.

                Also, what type of configuration do you want on the Sheeva? Type of file system, packages installed, etc? I can try to get them set up and going before we do any software configuration.
                Sheeva with the jaunty install, no specific filesystem required. For packages, libqt needs to be there. If you can setup a basic user that'd be great. Also add the openice sheeva repo (I think there is a link to it in the linux sub-forum somewhere...).
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                Current author of Automotive Message Broker (AMB).
                Works on Tizen IVI. Does not represent anyone or anything but himself.

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                • #10
                  Bugbyte... wants destinator for iPad.
                  Also going to try to get Wimax mobile hot spot puck and maybe verizon Mifi router.

                  What other hardware and software do you want for demo'ing?
                  Suggestions or Comments on the forums? Post here.

                  mp3Car store order questions or products that you would like to sell on the store? Email store @ mp3car.com

                  Feel free to pm me if you:
                  • Have a general comment on mp3Car's products or services
                  • Have a product you would like to have tested by the mp3Car community
                  • Have a file you would like mp3Car to host
                  • Have a cool idea that would improve the forums

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Heather View Post
                    Bugbyte... wants destinator for iPad.
                    Also going to try to get Wimax mobile hot spot puck and maybe verizon Mifi router.

                    What other hardware and software do you want for demo'ing?
                    Great! The demo needs some sort of internet connection .
                    Former author of LinuxICE, nghost, nobdy.
                    Current author of Automotive Message Broker (AMB).
                    Works on Tizen IVI. Does not represent anyone or anything but himself.

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                    • #12
                      Right. I thought - hey it will of course be cool to show how everything is working over a local hotspot but then if you can access the OSDash stuff over the net and also IRC with the car from your phone, that will be even cooler.
                      Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                      I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
                      Want to:
                      -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
                      -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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                      • #13
                        Okay, removed xenarc screen from the car today. The iPad fits inside the existing enclosure but will need modification to get it to look right.
                        Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                        I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
                        Want to:
                        -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
                        -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

                        Comment


                        • #14
                          Kev, I just found a php to dbus api that I can use to send commands from web pages that reside on the Sheeva. Malcom says you built a dbus bridge to his Fusion Brain for linux. Is that true? If so, I'd like to try and program a web page that can do a little demo of a connected car Fusion Brain package. Maybe just turn some lights on and off or open and close some relays.

                          Actually, remote opening/closing of the screen holder would be kind of cool. I dunno, though. I should have thought of this 2 months ago.

                          Edit: I see that bluemonkey integrates with fusion brain? So, I could talk to bluemonkey via dbus?
                          Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                          I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
                          Want to:
                          -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
                          -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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                          • #15
                            @Heather, you guys don't have a wifi camera laying around the office? I was thinking it would be possible to use it to take snapshots every so often and put them in a file on the Sheeva as a web cam. The Sheeva could either supply information on a web site that would allow you to see on a map where you are, some information on your speed, and a snapshot from the web cam.

                            Alternatively, the Sheeva could host this web page as a server and people could access the page and have it served up from the car.
                            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
                            Want to:
                            -Find out about the new iBug iPad install?
                            -Find out about carPC's in just 5 minutes? View the Car PC 101 video

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