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  • easiest future CarPC solution???

    http://www.oqo.com/

    with the docking station neatly integrated in dash, job done, usb peripherals come from docking station, then you have another dock in you house for use as your desktop.
    At present i cant think of anything it wouldnt allow us to do, as long as its audio out is good enough. wont be cheap route though. Discuss....

  • #2
    How about price? I think those are going to be pretty expensive, aournd a couple thosuand bux and pretty much everybody around here doesn't have that kinda budget to buy one of those.

    BTW, last I heard, they were vaporware, the shipping date keeps getting pushed back
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    • #3
      Screen is way to small for car pc usage. Its PDA sized and you need a stylus to doing anything on the screen. Might be cool with an external touchscreen.
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      • #4
        Don't know about those Transmeta CPUs though. I had a Sony PictureBook with one and it sucked arse.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by wkolodny
          ...you need a stylus to doing anything on the screen. Might be cool with an external touchscreen.
          aggreed, didnt realise the screen wasnt resistive, asumed it was for some reason.

          BTW, dont flame me (not implying that you are wkolodny) i am not suggesting this as a real route, for me (and prob 99% od ppl on here) it is cheating I like to design and build stuff my self, and also coulnt justify the price if i did want to cheat

          Just put it here for *general disscussion!*

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          • #6
            5" screen i think is big enough for most incar uses.
            Some nice things in its spec too, like auto brightness adjustment, simple but clever.
            I like the idea of having one device which is my CarPC, Laptop, desktop and PDA!

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            • #7
              I want one and I didn't even check out the specs.

              1GHz Transmeta processor
              20GB hard drive (shock-mounted)
              256MB DDR RAM

              But I hope they push this up:
              more like 2 gigs, 100 gig hd, 1 gigs memory.
              I don't understand why all these companies make lower powered devices.
              Mine needs to be updated.

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              • #8
                samc - heat dissipation? power consumption? a 100gig mini HD is probably 10 times the price of the 20GB one. The difference in price when your talking PDA size devices is far steeper.

                Anyway, on that screen they probably dont expect you to be running any seriously CPU/memory intensive programs.
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                • #9
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by samc
                    I want one and I didn't even check out the specs.

                    1GHz Transmeta processor
                    20GB hard drive (shock-mounted)
                    256MB DDR RAM

                    But I hope they push this up:
                    more like 2 gigs, 100 gig hd, 1 gigs memory.
                    I don't understand why all these companies make lower powered devices.
                    It's all marketing.. they will come out with better version to make you buy another one.
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                    • #11
                      Oh yeah I know cost, heat,..all these factors plus the marketing. Im just being unreal with the notion of a much better unit first instead of a cheepy box first.

                      I still want one even if it costs $1,000.
                      Mine needs to be updated.

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                      • #12
                        A slide out keyboard, 802.11, Bluetooth. They will run for about $2000+. Expensive, but really cool.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by samc
                          I want one and I didn't even check out the specs.

                          1GHz Transmeta processor
                          20GB hard drive (shock-mounted)
                          256MB DDR RAM

                          But I hope they push this up:
                          more like 2 gigs, 100 gig hd, 1 gigs memory.
                          I don't understand why all these companies make lower powered devices.
                          well, they probably went w/ the 1ghz tramsmeta because it has low power consumption and is much cheaper than say, a pentium m. remember, this is a very mobile device, so low power consumption is very important.

                          also, i watched the video, it seems like this device is aimed at a mobile professional. it isn't meant for games or photo/video processing. its meant for normal desktop applications.

                          finally, this is a new company, i'm sure they don't want to spend a huge amount of money on a device it it turns out to not sell. probably another reason why they went w/ hardware that seems a little outdated to us.

                          this device definately has a market. but like many of you i would spend more money to get a more powerful unit.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by no1knows
                            Anyway, on that screen they probably dont expect you to be running any seriously CPU/memory intensive programs.
                            no, its only ment for low power, non video, non processor intensive stuff. Intel's answer for a low power processor is the Celeron processor line:-P

                            this device is nothing new. its been around for a while, but not very popular. for almost the same $$, you can get a tablet PC running at 1Ghz, but with a Pentium Mobile with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, network and modem connections, usb connections, and a 20GB HDD

                            I was almost half tempted to just mount a tablet PC in the car...but since it is my work's computer, i didn't. :-P
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                            • #15
                              non video???
                              Then this thing is a lemon.
                              Mine needs to be updated.

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