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    Here's a tiny linux box for in-car MP3 audio

    waysmall option for audio-only in-car MP3. Add a USB hard drive, or maybe mount this thing in-dash so you can plug your USB flash drive right into it, and you have a $184 in-car linux box. It has an LCD controller too.

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    it says its only a usb client
    so im not sure if you can connect a USB hard drive to it
    would love one if you could
    this is exactly what im looking for
    i just want MP3s in my car
    ill definately look into this more

    thanks for the linkage

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    Here's the page with "more product details" (though it ain't much). It says it has a mini-B USB port:

    more details

    And the dimensions... wow! 83mm x 36mm x 15mm!

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    Might as well get a iPod or similar.

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    Speakerphone Option for waysmall PC?

    Does someone know if the Infineon Bluetooth module can be used as a bluetooth speakerphone?

    It says it uses the "Linux USB Gadget" device driver under Linux for connection. I see no mention of Windows 98/XP or Mac drivers to connect to it, but I do notice a 400MHz version for an extra US$30. If there's a way to connect a hard drive via bluetooth, it might not be bad.

    The specs page seems to suggest that these will run off batteries as well as 5V DC line-in. With Ethernet or host USB, It'd be quite nice.

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    I think this could be much more than an ipod in the end. Add WiFi and sync your music automatically, use the bluetooth connection w/ one of those gadgets that talks to your car's diagnostics system, add a fingerprint scanner to your ignition line, etc.

    Of course, my personal preference would be something this size that could run WinXP embedded... I'll have to poke around google to see if anyone's done that w/ the gumstik yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smobot
    I think this could be much more than an ipod in the end. Add WiFi and sync your music automatically, use the bluetooth connection w/ one of those gadgets that talks to your car's diagnostics system, add a fingerprint scanner to your ignition line, etc.

    Of course, my personal preference would be something this size that could run WinXP embedded... I'll have to poke around google to see if anyone's done that w/ the gumstik yet.

    Well that's cool but you're the one who said "audio-only MP3 in-car". An Ipod or other Mp3 player seems best for that. Especially if you don't want to modify your cars interior.

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    It's pretty cool. I like the MP3 only possibilities, but I already have a Pentium mobo and have it set up to play MP3 without mouse,keyboard, monitor, just random play Winamp with a plug-in to restart where it left off when I kill the power. All of this was free, including the software to run everything. (I guess I'm just a cheap old-school home-built MP3 fanatic)

    Once I get the in-car power decided (invertor vs Opus- cheap and easy so probably the inverter) and everything is installed, I will have spent about $60 in parts. A lot cheaper than $180. But if others like it, go for it. Innovation is the key to everything and finding a way to hook it up to some type of mass storage device may turn out cool.

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    More then an mp3 player

    I agree this device is really a full blown computer. I'm sure there would be a way to get an harddrive and LCD working. Once you have that your on your way.

    I wonder if the lilliput screen would work on it?

    Mardo

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