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    Okay, so I really like the new Google Nexus 7, and cannot wait to get my hands on one. For $199 you really cannot beat that price point for a nice spec'ed tablet that will always be on the cutting edge of Android revisions. This makes me want to put one in my car.

    I know many might shoot me having been one of the founding member of the OpenMobile, but I truly believe Tablets are where this journey is headed. Windows Surface I personally believe will change the industry as we know it.

    Anyhow, back to what I want to do.

    1) Nexus 7 in the dash, 'nough said

    2) Steering wheel controls to the tablet via ArduinoBT module

    3) Small PC with SSD drive mounted somewhere out of view with my music on it, wireless network to tablet so all is available and not limited to 8GB internal storage and saves on data costs

    4) MiFi device providing internet access
    • Verizon Wireless: 4G LTE, 4GB Data plan: $50 per month
    • AT&T Wireless: 4G, 5GB Data plan: $50 per month

    5) Arduino modules to control internal lighting, windows, locks etc. Tablet would be able to control these devices over the network

    I think this is the general view of what I would like to do.

    I will hash out more details as I go along.

    All opinions welcomed as usual.
    Last edited by UnusuallyGenius; 07-17-2012, 06:23 PM.
    - Project: Unified Car Control
    - Original OpenMobile Interface Designer

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    I am planning on doing something very similar except I will be using USB instead of bluetooth. I will be tethering my phone to my tablet when I need to and use Google Music for all my music needs.

    Right now my first task is to get the Arduino to change tracks and volume on the tablet using Android AOA 2.0 specs

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    • #3
      i'll make it easy for you.

      you're crazy.
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      • #4
        3) Small PC with SSD drive mounted somewhere out of view with my music on it, wireless network to tablet so all is available and not limited to 8GB internal storage and saves on data costs
        with jelly bean and USB host support i believe you should be able to add external storage sources directly and source your media player to that location

        Adruino controls would be cool, i have one and took a sparkfun class on it but didn't learn much unfortunately.

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        • #5
          How about interfacing to another Android based device that would interconnect to your other devices?

          I'm thinking of the new ODROID-X, a Raspberry Pi like board, only with some oomph!

          http://liliputing.com/2012/07/hardke...-core-cpu.html


          There's some nice accessories to go with this board.


          Of course all of the usual problems arise, drivers for existing hardware (radio modules, power supplies, volume knobs, basically everything we currently have)

          And a true software front-end that gives a consistent interface like our current frontends.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by UnusuallyGenius View Post
            I know many might shoot me having been one of the founding member of the OpenMobile, but I truly believe Tablets are where this journey is headed. Windows Surface I personally believe will change the industry as we know it.
            OM can theoretically run on Android with Mono for Android and who knows it might even be true...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by UnusuallyGenius View Post
              I know many might shoot me having been one of the founding member of the OpenMobile, but I truly believe Tablets are where this journey is headed. Windows Surface I personally believe will change the industry as we know it.
              Shoot? No. A slow painful torture maybe

              All kidding aside, I too am exploring Android for use in my wife's vehicle. I just like toys. And as mentioned, a computer of some sort is still desirable to cover many features (common media library, manage services to other devices like Arduino), especially if you plan to have one or more devices in a multi-zone scenario.

              As you know I also am involved with OM. While it's slow getting the (basically) re-written application out, it's almost ready for prime-time, especially with respect to multi-zone.

              Okay, so I had to plug OM just a little.

              Android still needs the FE and a bit better hardware integration and some devs to jump on-board. But it will get there. I will keeps tabs on your adventure.
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              • #8
                experimenting with the wife's vehicle eh...those are some dangerous waters, don't **** her off lol. i definately agree with the GUI and hardware integration although the stock UI is re-configurable enough to make a decent FE and there are a few FE apps out there. There was a developer at one point here making a FE but i believe he got deployed and never finished his work although i think you can still find it on the market.

                there are units like the Foryou and ca-fi that integrate 3rd party hardware to support bluetooth and dvd, video in and out etc. they do a decent enough job so its definately possible but it's certainly not open source right now and not where it could be.

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                • #9
                  I like this idea Unusually Genius. Tabs for this wouldn't need to be anything special either, just a cheap and convenient consumable for a front-end. With a pc as a server/jukebox - you wouldn't compromise on your sound quality either. Perhaps operate things like DAB radio (or other devices) from the pc via the tablet is possible too. Running satnav via android might even be a more elegant solution for real world driving than a windows solution, maybe. Anyway, I'm definitely an interested party.

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