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  • How to integrate a carPC into a 70s Jag?

    Hi guys, I have a 1973 S1 XJ12 Jag. This means the walnut dash and the LSD inspired interior colours - see http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/class...guar_xj6_3.jpg for what I'm working with.

    I want to build a system to do the following:

    Control my thermofans (it's not 100% authentic under the bonnet) - with inputs such as temp, speed, brakes on/off, A/C on/off and with two fan speeds.
    Play MP3s - I can upgrade the stock A/C if I use the space the stereo is currently taking.
    Climate control.

    But I don't want an obtrusive screen; it's an old car so I can't just build a touchscreen into it and have it look factory. If I had a modern car this would be a no-brainer.

    So far I'm leaning towards a fusion brain and a small laptop running a VB2008 program to control it all (I'm familiar with VB). MP3 control via a small iPod like control.

    So is this viable or is there a better way to go? I'd prefer to have a small cradle with an iPhone like device that drops in and off I go but I'm pretty sure that's not possible (yet).

    Or does someone make a small iPhone sized touchscreen?

  • #2
    You might want to subscribe to BugByte's thread on replacing a CarPC with an iPhone [http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...e-install.html].

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    • #3
      Another thing you can do is buy a pocket PC, or PDA with Windows CE 4.2 and up. Centrafuse is releasing a front end for that. So now people can literally x-out a PC and use a small pocket PC.
      Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

      1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
      4X MK808b
      3x Perixx Touchpads
      3x 7 inch Screens
      1X 7 inch motorized Screen
      1x Win 7 PC

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      • #4
        Thanks for the idea guys, I'll keep an eye on BugByte's progress. As for fabrication, there is a space I can create for a small screen but it requires moving the gear selector and some metalwork so it's a little major for now.

        With the Pocket PC/PDA or anything running CE, is there a VB version that can run on one?

        Thanks

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Motley_foo1 View Post
          Thanks for the idea guys, I'll keep an eye on BugByte's progress. As for fabrication, there is a space I can create for a small screen but it requires moving the gear selector and some metalwork so it's a little major for now.

          With the Pocket PC/PDA or anything running CE, is there a VB version that can run on one?

          Thanks
          Well CF CE uses .NET compact frame work 2.0. Have not seen any others.
          Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!

          1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
          4X MK808b
          3x Perixx Touchpads
          3x 7 inch Screens
          1X 7 inch motorized Screen
          1x Win 7 PC

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          • #6
            Thanks for the ideas guys, now I've bought an iPod Shuffle and I'm off on another tangent

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