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    Control Your Car Over the Internet

    If you've seen my project page, you know I can control my car across the internet. I never released any of the programming that went into that project because it was a horrible, inefficient, combination of Python daemons, php pages on an apache server, and mysql in between. It was one big hack and ate up almost 60% CPU on my sheeva plug, with total ram usage over 100 mb. I needed a more efficient implementation for the next revision of my car computer so I decided to do it right and also release it to the community.

    I bring you: Micro Control Center Alpha 1.
    Head on over to:
    http://paulfurtado.com/?page=microcontrolcenter
    to check out what I've put together so far.

    It works on Linux, Windows, and theoretically Mac OS X and exposes an HTTP interface which allows you to control the Fusion Brain v4. This not only allows you to control the brain across the internet, but also gives programmers and extremely easy way to control the fusion brain locally from any programming language. I'll work on making a Mac Os X app package soon.

    Give me all the suggestions you can throw at me and I'll decide whether they're feasible for me to implement.
    My Nearly Complete Car:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

    Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
    http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

    Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
    http://paulfurtado.com/

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    Sounds awesome!

    So what do you control over the web? Remote start?
    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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    Right now I'm at school, so I just have it controlling all the lights in my dorm room, but it's been working pretty well. I've let a copy of the program run for a week without any crashes or issues.

    With the old software that's in the car right now, I don't control remote start, just because I haven't had enough time to put the remote starter in. Once it's there I'll definitely be controlling remote start.
    Currently I use the brain to turn on and off the main computer in the car since I have the Fusion Brain attached to my sheeva plug which is on 24/7. It also controls turning on and off all of my amps, accessory lights, fog lights, power inverter, battery isolator, etc.

    With the software in the car right now, I can control my car from a web interface, centrafuse, and text messages, but it's all mostly-reliable hacks, but still hacks nonetheless, so that's where this program is coming from.

    I have big plans for the next revision of my CarPc which is why I'm coding this while at school so when I get back home for the summer I can just worry about hardware.

    Hopefully this will make the Fusion Brain as viable a solution on Linux and Mac OS X as it is on Windows and also help out those on systems that can't handle the load of MDX.

    I also have a few interesting implementation ideas with running it on DD-WRT on a wireless router with a USB port which would provide a pretty slick solution for the android-in-the-car camp.

    ---------- Post added at 01:02 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:58 AM ----------

    Oh and also a question for you, is there any way to get the brains to uniquely identify themselves?
    My Nearly Complete Car:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

    Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
    http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

    Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
    http://paulfurtado.com/

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    Paul looks good. I saw your bit on web prettly slick. I am wonder how did you run the shiva plug? Can you run it off 12v? or is it 110 only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulF View Post
    Oh and also a question for you, is there any way to get the brains to uniquely identify themselves?
    I believe you need a custom flash - talk to the fusion guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamthehor View Post
    I believe you need a custom flash - talk to the fusion guys.
    Toaster is the fusion guy.

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    this is killer. now we can do whatever chevy can i wouldnt mind setting up door locks with it, especially if you can get a status either way if the locks are engaged or not.

    remote start over the net would be great too, because even though my keyfob works from a few blocks away, theres a lot of times im getting driven to my car so it would be nice to start it from 10min away....

    would also be a good way to activate your 4-way flashers when your car gets stolen, like onstar does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themlruts View Post
    Paul looks good. I saw your bit on web prettly slick. I am wonder how did you run the shiva plug? Can you run it off 12v? or is it 110 only?
    Externally, the Sheeva Plug has only a standard American wall connector, but accepts a range of 100-240 volts AC.
    Internally it takes that, and converts to 5 volts DC. So with a 12 volt -> 5 volt power supply you can easily connect it to a car.
    Check out: http://paulfurtado.com/?page=sheeva12v
    Pretty simple hack.


    Quote Originally Posted by Iamthehor View Post
    I believe you need a custom flash - talk to the fusion guys.
    Quote Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
    Toaster is the fusion guy.
    Yeah. I'm waiting for toaster to reply haha. Really hoping it doesn't require a flash, but I guess people with multiple brains who disconnect and reconnect them frequently and in different USB ports is an edge case.


    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    this is killer. now we can do whatever chevy can i wouldnt mind setting up door locks with it, especially if you can get a status either way if the locks are engaged or not.
    Let's take chevy down
    Getting the status of the door locks would be an interesting question. Maybe do something with the little alarm light that blinks on the dash?

    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    remote start over the net would be great too, because even though my keyfob works from a few blocks away, theres a lot of times im getting driven to my car so it would be nice to start it from 10min away....
    Just wait till I implement some security features haha
    My Nearly Complete Car:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

    Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
    http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

    Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
    http://paulfurtado.com/

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    Wow I'm very interested in this. I thought about having a sheeva plug as the always on system but needed a slick way to control the car and turn the real computer on. This should be perfect. I wish I knew any advanced programming!! My final goal, through either a web app or a real app would be to have something I could open up quickly on my iPhone, control the remote start, hvac, locks and windows. Plus turn the computer on after an overnight hibernation. The car with the fusion brain will already be able to control all that, not having to find a way to supply the main computer always on for more than a day would be nice. I could even upgrade from the low tdp atom to something with more balls.
    I'll be staying very close to this project !! Let me know if you need any hardware support or ideas, that's more my thing.
    Old School MP3CAR.com member!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dscustoms View Post
    My final goal, through either a web app or a real app
    You can have both. The server side of this software, including the AJAX web app, should be feature complete in about a week. I really haven't ran into stability issues yet, so feature complete could really mean complete.

    I intend to eventually release an iPhone app, but the web app should definitely do everything you want in the meantime. On the iPhone you can even set up web shortcuts on the home screen, so you could actually set up shortcuts on the home screen that directly control things.

    Quote Originally Posted by dscustoms View Post
    would be to have something I could open up quickly on my iPhone, control the remote start, hvac, locks and windows. Plus turn the computer on after an overnight hibernation.
    This will definitely do all of that for you. You'll even be able to schedule things to happen automatically.

    Quote Originally Posted by dscustoms View Post
    not having to find a way to supply the main computer always on for more than a day would be nice. I could even upgrade from the low tdp atom to something with more balls.
    I've been doing this for almost a year now, albeit, less reliably than it will be possible to do now. But it's definitely real nice, to pop my phone open while I'm brushing my teeth and turn the carpc on.

    Quote Originally Posted by dscustoms View Post
    Let me know if you need any hardware support or ideas, that's more my thing.
    Will do, thanks.
    My Nearly Complete Car:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

    Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
    http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

    Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
    http://paulfurtado.com/

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