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  • want to build a very simple bike pc

    i am looking at building a simple motorbike pc..
    i want to be able to play mp3s on the bike.. and control the music with some thumb buttons mounted around the handlebars

    i would like to just use a lcd screen which will show me what track is playing..
    i could do it so easily like this http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/headunit/

    however i then thought.. why not try and add a speed camera locator too.. something that has all the speedcamera locations stored on the hard drive and then a gps unit to inform when i approach.. simple yes, however is there a way to get this information to display on the lcd.. or perhaps a way to make an led illuminate.. obviously i realise for this i'd need to be running something perhaps a little newer then dos

    if anyone has any insights into any of this
    or any advice on some small motherboards probably smaller then mini itx tbh.

    Alan

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    Someone posted here a standalone unit that was touch screen (5" i believe) that had a computer built in, with wifi, bt, ect. I think that would be a little easier since the size of that unit was smaller than a computer itself. I'll see if I can find it.. But it was only like 150$. Best of all you can mount it in a way that you could remove it when you got off the bike to prevent it getting stolen..

    What bike do you have by the way?

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    • #3
      There is also the Beagle Board.
      Smaller even than mini ITX. It may be something you'd be interested in.
      A little more DIY though, I think.

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      • #4
        Hi, i have a Kawasaki ZX6-R 2001

        i'll have a look at a beagle board

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        • #5
          beagleboard or the sheevaplug (cheaper) would make an excellent headless mp3player. Both run Linux . Add a simple LED screen and write some app to control it and you are set.
          Former author of LinuxICE, nghost, nobdy.
          Current author of Automotive Message Broker (AMB).
          Works on Tizen IVI. Does not represent anyone or anything but himself.

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          • #6
            I'm actually working on getting my dockstar [a sheevaplug variant] into my bike - at least, I was until my dockstar smoked itself :-(

            Erm, that wasn't very helpful, was it. How about "I suggest a sheevaplug" ? :-D

            obdgpslogger has been changed for biking purposes; it now is able to just log GPS data and skip OBDII data. The KML output can build a couple graphs based just on GPS position and speed. Not sure how much use it'll be in the long run, but it's gotta be worth a try

            Gary (-;
            OBDGPSLogger, for logging OBDII and/or GPS data
            OBDSim, an OBDII/ELM327 software simulator
            mp3car forums: obdgpslogger, obdsim

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            • #7
              I'm thinking about something along the same lines, however I've had the idea to recommission my old HTC Hero (android w/ 3" touchscreen) when I upgrade this summer as a little pc. It will have WiFi, bluetooth, GPS, navigation (if I can find a way to download maps to it) music, etc. I'm thinking about using a small low profile mount, something like Car Dock Home and fiddle with it to make it easy to use.
              monkey stole my pen

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              • #8
                Originally posted by elBradford View Post
                I'm thinking about something along the same lines, however I've had the idea to recommission my old HTC Hero (android w/ 3" touchscreen) when I upgrade this summer as a little pc. It will have WiFi, bluetooth, GPS, navigation (if I can find a way to download maps to it) music, etc. I'm thinking about using a small low profile mount, something like Car Dock Home and fiddle with it to make it easy to use.
                Well, you could root your new android phone and use Wireless Tether so that you can tether the old phone to the new one, allowing you to use Google Maps w/out an issue.

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