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    After wanting a carpc for a long time i started making a centrafuse skin of my own in fact i ended up making three different ones and i must say i had a lot of fun doing it also it was a great learning experience.

    When that was done i set about building the pc i got as far as mounting the mother board and cpu and then i started to get tempted to go the android route.

    After my missus offered to get me a nexus 7 well then the deal was sealed android it was.

    I have tried a few incar app such as carhome ultra and found them all to be good but none of them were visually what i wanted so using a combination of apps and launchers i'm happy with what i have created.

    The setup is pretty standard for incar.

    Nexus 7
    USB rom (hats off to timur's kernel)
    OTG cable
    Homemade mounting (chopped up double din ford head unit)
    Alpine head unit (may be replaced with a usb dac in the future)

    Main APPs used

    Go Launched
    Desktop visualizer
    Poweramp
    Google Maps
    Google Navigation
    Tablet talk (combined with my parrot hands free kit)

    The whole setup is now ready to fit in the car as i got the last few bits i needed but typically i don't have my car for the next few days.

    Anyway here are a few shots of the unit not in the car obviously.

    This is one of the screens (ignore the to icons in the top left they will be removed)


    A shot of the rear. Here you can see the OTG cable the cable that connects to the head unit and a 3amp DC DC convertor. Also as room is tight i had to relocate the usb and audio sockets from inside the tablet on to the back this can be seen in the middle.



    Another shot of the rear with the cover on



    Side view



    This is how it will sit with the head unit



    When its installed i will try to get a video of the system in action. There is more to add such as cameras but that will be once i am am happy the basic system is working.

  • #2
    add info

    Where did you get the enclosure the nexus is mounted to? Doing the same sort of thing but with an odroid computer plan on using it along with a head unit like you are cheers very interested

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    • #3
      I made it. Its a old double din unit that I chopped up to fit and a couple of pieces of aluminium u channel to hold the nexus in place. I will have it to bits later today so I'll get some photos for you.

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      • #4
        Ok thanks was thinking of one of the lilliput mounts but not sure if it would be suitable.

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        • #5
          maybe not, but could be adapted to fit depending on how thick the lilliput is i suppose

          With the tablet and one rail removed



          The nexus fits nice in the channel



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          • #6
            One problem i am having is getting poweramp to start playing the music when i turn the power back on when i have the usb stick connected, it works fine playing from the internal file but not the usb stick.

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            • #7
              Sorry I don't use poweramp so cant help with that.

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              • #8
                Nice install! Is this a 2012 Nexus 7 or a 2013?

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                • #9
                  Also, where did you get the u channel?

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                  • #10
                    Nice install! Is this a 2012 version Nexus 7? Also where did you get the u channel?

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                    • #11
                      Is this a 2012 version Nexus 7?

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                      • #12
                        Morning, I was wondering if you have tried Digtial Car for Android on your nexus setup and if so, your honest opinion on it? I'm developing it for the nexus 7 so I would love your views and how easy it is to operate etc.

                        Thanks,

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by D4VEW557 View Post
                          One problem i am having is getting poweramp to start playing the music when i turn the power back on when i have the usb stick connected, it works fine playing from the internal file but not the usb stick.
                          I have the same issue, but it works if the drive stays powered. I'm getting ready to install another separate, always on power supply to power the hub and usb drive.

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                          • #14
                            Hi Fellas, thanks for the comments.

                            Its a 2012 Nexus.
                            The u channel came from a diy shop although i would imagine its available from many websites.
                            I'll try keeping the drive powered and see if it works.

                            I have tried digital car and my honest opinion is its good and credit to you for your work. i recently had a go at making an app and after two days of work i had created an app that when you click a button it displayed hello on the screen, its a hard thing to do so i applaud you for your skill.

                            Back to your app though the reason i don't use it is it's not customisable enough for me something like centrafuse for android where the core program is there and you can create your own skin with some basic computer knowledge and then just load in.

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                            • #15
                              There's a 4.4.4 rom available for the 2012 nexus 7 called autodroid specifically for car installs. You can get it here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2789993 I've been using it in my setup for a while now and it works pretty good... and it has current support.

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