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Thread: Fusion Brain -- Digital Encoder Beta Test

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    I wont start asking for money until after the boards arrive. No sense to have money in limbo when I dont even have the thing infront of me yet.

    At least response has been pretty good!

    I have been trying to find nice looking dials/knobs/covers but most look pretty cheap. I really want to get something similar to the powermate. That would be cool. I wonder if I can find their supplier for casings.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
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    Hi, I would be interested in a board with an encoder if you are still doing them.

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    I would love to try it too. PM me when the boards arrive, i will drop in the payment and will let u know of the results after using it. Currently I am working on rewiring and redesigning the inputs/outputs for my stang, hope it arrives before i finish up.

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    Alright, the boards arent here yet, but I will keep you guys in mind.

    @alvinx: Which do you want. OEM interface, or standalone?
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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    I will go with the OEM.. think that suits me more...

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    I'm up for one of the no-detent ones, I'm currently using an pot between my Soundcard and Amp. Any pictures, or sizes of the knobs? I really would like one about 3/4 - 1" dia. nd I guess I would need an encoder as all I have is the FB (just ordered today)

    Randy

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    There wont be any knobs with the encoders I send out. You can use any standard knob you want though. Radioshack sells them as well as eBay. I saw a good one on eBay motors for a replacement Toyota FJ (Or whatever it is) and it is a nice big shiny one.


    And a bit of an update, the manufacturer is a little bit behind schedule. You probably have heard about the earthquake over there, and well I am sure they have some more important family issues to address then assemble our pesky boards right now. So it will take a little bit longer probably.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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    Have you (or any other hardware developer) ever looked into the feasibility of a developing a CAN-BUS to USB device? I'd really love to sniff out the B-CAN-BUS in my car, there would be a lot of new options. It would be even more awesome if you could use it to also write to the CAN Bus (i.e. to implement the on board display of a car for some status displays), etc.

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    There is hardware to do this already. Look up the Mongoose J2534 passthrough device, or CarDAQ, from Drewtech. Though this has nothing to do with encoders directly, I can see where a car can have an encoder (let's say in a radio), that allows functional control of another component (let's say, some display driven by another module, maybe the BCM). Now it would be cool to have access to the signal going from one car component to another. Since even locking and unlocking the doors is communicated via CAN on many newer vehicles, it's a no brainer to think... "hey I can really minimize my wiring if I can just tap into this baby, and free up some IO on the brain to interface with only my aftermarket stuff" If only the software could see that can data and treat mapped parameters as inputs. I've forwarded this type of suggestion a ...couple of times. But currently, here is how I see it. These two guys are spread kind of thin already. The software has taken a long time to develop to it's current (awesome) state. A newer more versatile version of the hardware is on it's way... Things are just now starting to solidify for this little side project of theirs. It's a good idea, but it is peripheral to the goals of the project. 2k1Toaster has no plans for this at this time. But that being said, the software is open source...completely open. All of what I've learned in C#,. and much of what I know in software programming, I've learned in effort to better understand this, to better help this project along... So I'm a novice, not the man for that job. Also while the framework for CAN is well structured, the data that is passed is somewhat proprietary. There's no easy, universal way to tap into it. Drewtech has a software development package, including their implementation of the J2534 API, someone could use that with additional hardware to pull information from the bus and make it available for a revamped input section of the MDX software's code to accept and then make available for use in the program. Similar with outputs. Both the hardware and the software (API) are pretty steep. The mongoose is relatively reasonable though.
    Maybe someday, as it would be a great way to integrate new stuff with existing car functionality through the logic and interface of this software, but I don't see it happening soon.

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    Hey I'd be interested in testing this out. Encoder w/board, detented.
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