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    I am in the midst of two things; looking for a new phone and looking into after market car stereos. I was looking to get a nice double din HU but started reading about Car Pcs. Then I saw the new Motorola Atrix phone (http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US...la-ATRIX-US-EN)
    You can buy a netbook-esque attachment which got me thinking about potentially using your phone to run your system. It would probably need a custom wiring harness (maybe not--most phones are using mini-usb). I am not a tech (only a dreamer) so this may not be a realistic option but since my phone is ALWAYS in my pocket, I was hoping this may be a nice solution.

    Plus, smartphones come with GPS, web browsing, etc. I'm not sure if there would be a way to integrate blutooth with the stereo (easily).

    Anyhow, you guys who know more than me, let me know if this is (or will soon become) another option.

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    Visit here: http://www.mp3car.com/android-tablet/ and welcome aboard.

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    • #3
      Even without monitoring your vehicle, Froyo's Car Mode kicks the crap out of anything iOS can do in a car.
      "Have we grown so hard we can't feel right or wrong, or have we grown so cold we just don't care?" - Dave Matney

      I don't currently have a CarPC, I just ask a lot of questions.

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        whats77: Thanks for the link. The tablet in the headrest looks nuts. didn't see anyone using it as a substitute to a hu though.

        Matneyx: I'd like to have a nice double din sized touch screen in the car. Since most phones have hdmi out (or something similar) could I plug my phone into the screen? could I then use the phone nav/music/bluetooth? How could I rig it to work through the stereo?

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          also, I don't really want to have to buy another android device (I'm already getting a phone and was hoping it would be universal)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Max Zisman View Post
            whats77: Thanks for the link. The tablet in the headrest looks nuts. didn't see anyone using it as a substitute to a hu though.
            Read this thread. I'm about to, and it sounds like someone else is, as well.

            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/andr...t-rooting.html
            Last edited by whats77inaname; 02-28-2011, 11:51 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Max Zisman View Post
              Matneyx: I'd like to have a nice double din sized touch screen in the car. Since most phones have hdmi out (or something similar) could I plug my phone into the screen? could I then use the phone nav/music/bluetooth? How could I rig it to work through the stereo?
              Honestly, I don't know. If you do have HDMI out, it would pass video and audio to whatever unit you put in (and then you'd have to run audio from that to your amps/deck), but I doubt there is a way to pass touch information back to the phone.
              "Have we grown so hard we can't feel right or wrong, or have we grown so cold we just don't care?" - Dave Matney

              I don't currently have a CarPC, I just ask a lot of questions.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MatneyX View Post
                Honestly, I don't know. If you do have HDMI out, it would pass video and audio to whatever unit you put in (and then you'd have to run audio from that to your amps/deck), but I doubt there is a way to pass touch information back to the phone.
                Agreed, but you may be able to use a RDP client that will allow you to control the phone via the PC. Check out "droid VNC Server" on the market (it's free) and see if that will be of any help.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by whats77inaname View Post
                  Agreed, but you may be able to use a RDP client that will allow you to control the phone via the PC. Check out "droid VNC Server" on the market (it's free) and see if that will be of any help.
                  I've used VNC Droid Server to control my phone (DroidX) from Centrafuse. There's even a version of the VNC client that embeds pretty well and will orient the screen properly. My thought after a week or two....spend $29 and get a car dock. It all works, but I'm not sure it really brings any real value to the experience. maybe a better way to put that is that we're not "quite" there yet.

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                  • #10
                    At this point, I've pretty much decided to run w/a Tablet and forgo the use of a PC altogether.

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                    • #11
                      Motorol Atrix as Car PC

                      So i am doing some research here as well. The Motorola Atrix is a darn powerful dual core Android Device. With the HD dock that puts all the device functionality including HDMI, USB, audio etc out to any HDMI compatible system. It also creates USB inputs for keyboards and mouses back into the device.

                      We are at a point where dropping your phone into a dock and having it become the Car PC is practical!!!

                      I personally like to have all my info, music and setting be available on one device rather than two and the Atrix makes that possible. Being able to get in the car and put the atrix in a cradle and have it pop up on an LCD screen is IDEAL!

                      The only hurdle is being able to make a device driver for android that can accept the inputs of a 7" liliput LCD for example. Since the HD Dock already takes a keyboard and a mouse (really any mouse) what is missing. Where is the missing puzzle piece to allow the OS to see the LCD as if it were a mouse?

                      Any thoughts? Ideas?

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                      • #12
                        all you would need is the Atrix 4G phone, HDDock with hdmi cable. get a Bluetooth keyboard/trackpad/mouse...
                        Your all set my friend....
                        This is what I did. Pictures coming soon.

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                        • #13
                          yea but is touchscreen controll what we really need to develope here

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by VegasGuy View Post
                            I've used VNC Droid Server to control my phone (DroidX) from Centrafuse. There's even a version of the VNC client that embeds pretty well and will orient the screen properly. My thought after a week or two....spend $29 and get a car dock. It all works, but I'm not sure it really brings any real value to the experience. maybe a better way to put that is that we're not "quite" there yet.
                            Hey VegasGuy... I thought I saw somewhere you explained in a post exactly how you did this. I can't seem to find it. Can you repost? Thanks!
                            My System (2005 Ford Explorer)
                            Intel D945GCLF2 Mini-ITX Mainboard
                            2 GB RAM
                            250 GB hdd
                            500 GB USB hdd
                            M2-ATX
                            D-Link DWL-121 WiFi
                            OBDII Elm327 Bluetooth
                            Lilliput EBY701-NP/C/T

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by develguy View Post
                              Hey VegasGuy... I thought I saw somewhere you explained in a post exactly how you did this. I can't seem to find it. Can you repost? Thanks!
                              Took me a while to find it: http://www.mp3car.com/android/140746...ml#post1424526

                              I haven't done anything with this since, either.

                              VegasGuy

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