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    wow these guys really have thought of everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmoL View Post
    wow these guys really have thought of everything!
    We'd like to think so
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by greenman100 View Post
    What are you looking to measure?

    It can be done, for about $30.


    rotor temperatures, engine temps. Generally items that are alittle too hot or move too much to place a regular temp prob on
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    dunno if this has been answered( almost 5am here and my eyes arent working right)

    But whats the input voltage? 12 or 5? Does it require regulated 12v or will the 78N05 accept a decently wide voltage range. If so whats the estimated amperage draw when in full throttle with max sensors.

    need to know if my Carnetix 2140 setup has enough juice for it if it requires regulated clean 12v or 5v off the POL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffy View Post
    dunno if this has been answered( almost 5am here and my eyes arent working right)

    But whats the input voltage? 12 or 5? Does it require regulated 12v or will the 78N05 accept a decently wide voltage range. If so whats the estimated amperage draw when in full throttle with max sensors.

    need to know if my Carnetix 2140 setup has enough juice for it if it requires regulated clean 12v or 5v off the POL
    Regulated or unregulated 12vDC is ok

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    This product is great news, I want to integrate this into my next install. I have a question though that may have been answered already that ive missed.

    Sensor input from stock sensors or after market? Does it link to ODB to control things like power windows and climate control? How hard is this to integrate regards to rewiring looms and having to study detailed electrical workshop manuals while at the same time getting a university degree in multimetering.

    All in all is this a simple task of connecting an odb loom and configuring software or is there more to it? Can you explain these external relay boards a bit more, when are they needed? Im sorry if this has been brought up before but I dont have the time to sift read 10 forum pages. Should i have emailed this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BiGGy View Post
    This product is great news, I want to integrate this into my next install. I have a question though that may have been answered already that ive missed.

    Sensor input from stock sensors or after market? Does it link to ODB to control things like power windows and climate control? How hard is this to integrate regards to rewiring looms and having to study detailed electrical workshop manuals while at the same time getting a university degree in multimetering.

    All in all is this a simple task of connecting an odb loom and configuring software or is there more to it? Can you explain these external relay boards a bit more, when are they needed? Im sorry if this has been brought up before but I dont have the time to sift read 10 forum pages. Should i have emailed this?

    In order to connect this to existing sensors, yes, you will need to understand electronics... Otherwise, we would have to foresee every possible sensor in every car, and figure out how to interface it. That is a task just not possible.

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    As far as I can tell (and if at any point I'm wrong 2k1Toaster or greenman100 can correct me):

    Quote Originally Posted by BiGGy View Post
    Im sorry if this has been brought up before but I dont have the time to sift read 10 forum pages. Should i have emailed this?
    Imho, your questions may help others (like FAQ building)...but only if other people take the time to read them.

    Quote Originally Posted by BiGGy View Post
    Sensor input from stock sensors or after market?
    Either. Even detailed shop-manual schematics don't show what sensor's inputs and outputs should be. Most sensors output a voltage (resulting from voltage dropped across itself to ground), some are more of a variable current source, some output Pulse Width Modulated signals (I couldn't believe it but they exist- Air Quality sensors in Saabs do this). Some operate with 5V inputs some operate with 12V inputs. There are many kinds, and you will need some stong fundamental knowledge of electronics to fully utilize this. This is why phidgets sell their own sensors, I believe.
    It would be nice for you and others if the Fusion team whipped up some example schematics, showing how connections should be made (i.e. Show how you would connect to a thermistor, Pressure detector, Accelerometer, Discrete output stuff, etc.) using a simple block diagram for the internals of the card, and more detailed on the output.
    Quote Originally Posted by BiGGy View Post
    Does it link to ODB to control things like power windows and climate control?
    Climate control maybe, automatic controls would be hard, and in no way would I replace A/C controls with this card. While this card is impressive, it doesn't work while computer is off...

    OBD is serial communication, there are other components for reading OBD info into the computer. But based on that information, as obttained by ODB interface hardware, you could control many things with this card.

    Maybe they could put something in the software that would make it easy to take outputs from OBD2 in the computer and affect Fusion Brains output accordingly

    Quote Originally Posted by BiGGy View Post
    How hard is this to integrate regards to rewiring looms and having to study detailed electrical workshop manuals while at the same time getting a university degree in multimetering.
    on a scale of 1 - 10, 3.07143241.

    'Hard' is relative, right? For the average person, Id say it can be very useful, but as you try to control more complicated circuits, it will become more difficult. But that's ok because electronics is fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by BiGGy View Post
    All in all is this a simple task of connecting an odb loom and configuring software or is there more to it?
    No for the first part, Yes for the second part.

    Quote Originally Posted by BiGGy View Post
    Can you explain these external relay boards a bit more, when are they needed?
    The discrete (On/Off) outputs from the card are outputs of electroncs that can only pass a couple hundred milliamps through them, in order to power loads larger than a small relay, you would have to use the output to turn on a small relay which connect the load to a power supply (like the battery), isolating the load's current from the card.

    They chose to keep the relays seperate, to keep the module's size small. I don't think they have the relay boards ready though.
    It's been a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    As far as I can tell (and if at any point I'm wrong 2k1Toaster or greenman100 can correct me):
    I'll try


    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    Imho, your questions may help others (like FAQ building)...but only if other people take the time to read them.
    This is a good point and I encourage people to ask questions on the installation, or the concepts, or the interface between hardware/software because eventually we like like to get a user manual or FAQ going to help others who might need the same questioned answered. Who knows, maybe well get our own subforum if we prove worthy!

    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    Either. Even detailed shop-manual schematics don't show what sensor's inputs and outputs should be. Most sensors output a voltage (resulting from voltage dropped across itself to ground), some are more of a variable current source, some output Pulse Width Modulated signals (I couldn't believe it but they exist- Air Quality sensors in Saabs do this). Some operate with 5V inputs some operate with 12V inputs. There are many kinds, and you will need some stong fundamental knowledge of electronics to fully utilize this. This is why phidgets sell their own sensors, I believe.
    Yes. Pretty much nailed it. There are no standards in car makes, and even between models there are pretty big differences sometimes. As of now, we have no plans to officially support any other sensors, allthough with electrical know-how anything is possible. If you can get a voltage output, scale it to the required maximum/minimum values, and determine a function that correctly models the value it reads in, then yes it is possible. As of now, there is no way to import a custom function into the program but it is a feature I am considering to allow greater flexability. But currently, not implemented, or even started upon.

    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    It would be nice for you and others if the Fusion team whipped up some example schematics, showing how connections should be made (i.e. Show how you would connect to a thermistor, Pressure detector, Accelerometer, Discrete output stuff, etc.) using a simple block diagram for the internals of the card, and more detailed on the output.
    This will (hopefully ) be extremely easy. We have header pins labeled OUT 1 through 12 each 1x3. 1 pin is a voltage source, 1 is a ground, and the third is the sensor's voltage output.

    Then the sensors have a 1x3 connector on it. So you take the connector, and plug it into the board. Voila. Done. You just have to worry about orientation on some sensors (like the accelerometer) in which case there will be a colour code which will be very easy to understand. This hasn't been fully thought through because we are not yet there, but this is how I envision it working:

    If you look on one of the pictures, you will see 2 ULN2003A's and above those are 12 LED's, and above those some are the digital output headers. The colour code will be based something like "insert connector such that the red wire is closest to the indicatar led."

    I sure hope there isn't any confusion when installing the sensors. Obviously after beta, we will have many more photos and connection instruction all pictorially as well. We tried to make it as simple as possible. The headers for inputs and outputs are in seperate locations. In the final version, we hope to colour code the headers themselves! So pretty much foolproof. And if you hook up a sensor backwards, well, nothing will happen. It wont work, but you wont fry anything. So flip it around and poof, it will work.

    As for the software configuration, once it is attached, go to the configuration, then select Analog Inputs which is where the sensor is connected. Then if you plugged it in postition 1, select 1. Hit the First button and an OSK pops up and you can enter a name to refer to this sensor. If it were a temperature sensor, something tells me "Outside Temperature" is more to the point than "Analog 01". Then the second button will popup a screen that you can choose what type of sensor it is, then some advanced configuration options such as if you wanted to do something based on what the temperature is. That sort of thing.

    Very simple, or so I hope.

    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    Climate control maybe, automatic controls would be hard, and in no way would I replace A/C controls with this card. While this card is impressive, it doesn't work while computer is off...
    There is nothing stopping a manual override or parallel relays so that both the stock buttons and Fusion can work at the same time.

    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    OBD is serial communication, there are other components for reading OBD info into the computer. But based on that information, as obttained by ODB interface hardware, you could control many things with this card.

    Maybe they could put something in the software that would make it easy to take outputs from OBD2 in the computer and affect Fusion Brains output accordingly
    There is no plan to accept OBDII data in. There are other devices to this...

    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    on a scale of 1 - 10, 3.07143241.

    'Hard' is relative, right? For the average person, Id say it can be very useful, but as you try to control more complicated circuits, it will become more difficult. But that's ok because electronics is fun!
    Indeed. I would rate it more of a 2.71828183 out of 10 with 1 being easiest and 10 being hardest.

    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    The discrete (On/Off) outputs from the card are outputs of electroncs that can only pass a couple hundred milliamps through them, in order to power loads larger than a small relay, you would have to use the output to turn on a small relay which connect the load to a power supply (like the battery), isolating the load's current from the card.
    exactly. We dont want high amperage lines running by our USB data lines. That would be a mess. Also it allows more safety. If your car has an electrical short the relay will burn out and you are out 1 relay Moderatly worthy . If it was onboard, you would be out an entire Fusion.

    Quote Originally Posted by h3rk View Post
    They chose to keep the relays seperate, to keep the module's size small. I don't think they have the relay boards ready though.
    Size was also an important factor. And the relay boards will be pretty much junk a pack of relays with easy connectors and a header cable. Not too much to get ready.

    Any more questions, dont hesitate to ask!

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    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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    Yes, there will be a lot more documentation when the product is fully released.

    I do want to clarify something though - although we have designed the Fusion to be foolproof, we are not responsible for you guys hooping things up backwards. It will be as simple to connect as a blowdryer, but we're not responsible if you do something like drop it in a bathtub.

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