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    Don't know where to post this. (Aximputer)

    So, I got rid of my carputer. I decided to get a PDA as I could not live without GPS, and now I'm getting the carputer craving again.. but I've fallen in love with my pda. Transflective touchscreen out of the box? 624mhz? Plays full res divx, mp3, ogg, has built in bluetooth, wifi (with twice the range of my old wifi card), irda, better quality sound than my desktop computer, and can fit in the palm of my hand?! The only downfall is that I'm limited to 4 gigs of space on the SD card.. something that might be remedied when the new wifi drives come out, but for now: 4gb is the limit. All in all, not a bad deal considering they can be had for only a few 100$ these days.

    Enough about my love of the Axim.. and onto the idea.

    I want to get a bluetooth keyboard, and a bluetooth headset and hack them into my car.

    1. Hack the bluetooth keyboard and map it's buttons to steering wheel controls, so that I can control the mediaplayer software without touching the axim. Using a bluetooth keyboard would allow me to have it auto connect as soon as the pda is within range, and the car is on.

    2. Plugging in a cable to get the sound from the pda is so 2005. I want real cutting edge here... so how about hacking the output from some bluetooth headphones into the amps? The quality is great, and again auto connect is possible. It could be rigged up so that as soon as the PDA is within range of the car and it is on, the audio comes out over the car's speakers.

    3. Mount a bluetooth gps right into the car, with permanent power from the car. Again, enable auto connect so as soon as the pda is within range of the car and it's on, the gps connects. No wires, no plugging, no configing. Tomtom natively? Thank you, yes please.

    4. Mount for the PDA. I think fabbing a cradle right into the dash would work well, but to start the standard pda vent holder would do fine.

    Really, I can't think of anything a good 624mhz pda can't do that a desktop based carputer can.. outside of store my entire collection... and it was pure love the second i stepped into blinding sunlight, and the screen actually got BRIGHTER.

    So.. discuss. shoot me down, give me input. I just love the idea of entering a gps destination on the pda while im at my desk. Remote starting the car, and poping some tunes on the pda to listen to as I leave. As I approach the running car, everything starts to connect. The music starts coming out the car's speakers, the gps connects, the bluetooth steering wheel controls link up.. and away I go.

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    m'eh, I personally wouldn't spend my money on something with a 5 inch screen. You can get older tablet pc's with 10 in screens for like $200. Windows XP, USB, etc....seems a little more practical for carputer use. Hell, you can even pick one up with a Reflective outdoor viewable screen - complete tablet pc, cheaper than the price of a new Xenarc.

    Sounds like your PDA works for you, and that's great. I just require more than 4 gb space. This thread reminds me of the thread someone started, talking about how great their cell phone was, and how it can do everything a carputer can do.

    Overall it's a great idea, just I like the larger screen. Built in bluetooth and wifi is nice tho on your PDA. What OS are you running?
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    Don't get me wrong. I know a PDA is not a replacement for a full blown computer.. but for most of the tasks I do in the car (GPS, Music, Sometimes TV shows, and emulation of games-snes-genesis-nes), it does all of them very well. Plus, if passengers wants to play a game, or watch a movie.. they can bring it in the back seat with them. The big up I see is that I can bring it with me when I leave the car. I've gotten very used to being able to watch the simpsons when I need to ride the bus/metro. This whole idea is really just a way of making a full blown connection/docking system for while I'm driving.

    The pda is running Windows Mobile 2003SE. I've got the mother all tweaked and skinned out to match my preferences, too. I love the thing. Every day i use it, i find a new function it can serve.. I love having a universal remote with me at all times.. a memo recorder, note taker, drawing tablet (pocket photoshop - photogenics), mp3 player, video player, internet browser, guitar tuner, msn chatter, skype phone, gps, emulation machine all in my pocket! I can't recommend one enough, to be honest. The dell axim x30h kicks major ***.

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    pocketpc's are a great thing. I've been using them since I first got one in 2001. I then switched to phone pdas (O2 Exec currently) and prior to having a carputer, it was my navigation system in the car.

    I know you can get lots of things working. I think the AXIM even has VGA out (using a presentaiton card), so you can get the output to a screen if you really want to (I wouldn't bank on the ability of dual monitor though!)

    As you mentioned, divx/mp3/internet/wifi it's all there. MS's Windows Automotive is based on WindowsCE 5, so the s/w platform does not lack at all. What really shot this idea down for me was the hardware platrform. You mentioned larger drives, and you can probably sort that out pretty quickly by building a ****ty pc with a wifi card, then share a drive (until wifi drives come out).

    But dab/satelite radio, TV, OBD, or serial devices and the likes are not so easy. I guess you can do everything via bluetooth, if you know how to build your own hardware, and since bluetooth is a serial device you can port all these things by writing software and drivers, but you'll pretty much on your own. There are not many CE bofs around, and the platform is aimed at sytem integrators.

    so to wrap up, if your'e happy with what can be done out of the box and with a little hacking, then you'll be a happy bunny. if you want to do a lot more with s/w and h/w, then you'll be a lonely bunny!

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    I can not just leave a thread that talks about tablets w/o jumping in!

    i spent $600 for my tablet, $105 for gps puck+streets and trips 06, laptop to head unit audio cable $12, ac invertor - rip off - $60. oh, and my mount cost something like $2 - click on the link in my signature to see what im doing!that's my tablet setup in my car.
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    hey breaker, I've read your tablet posts before. very good economy there

    this post is slightly differnt ho as it's about pocketpc's, which differ to tablets in being a non-x86 platform, hence next-to-no hardware support

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    hmm

    I just found out the wifi harddrives are already available.. for much less than I was expecting, too. 75$ + s/h from newegg gets you an empty enclosure that takes any 2.5" HDD and allows you to access it over any wifi connection. To boot, it's built by asus.. so the quality is probably quite good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ATT=33-320-110

    So this would handle the issue of storage.

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    PDA's are kind of a good replacement for a CarPC, but they'll never do everything that a car PC can do.

    Basically, if all you want is music, videos, GPS, and Internet, a PDA is fine. Once u start wanting to do things like XM, OBD, etc.. then you really need a carpc.

    Back in the day, I used to use my Sony Clie NX80V as my car pc...

    I had GPS w/ Mapopolis, Wifi, and access to videos + a camera (web cam).

    For MP3s, I would just wire my AUX input to my iPod. IT worked great. But let me tell you, there's nothing greater than using that 7-8" screen in ur car....

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    umm, just so i can burst your bubble

    having bluetooth headphones into the car stereo might work, but unless your key is in the car to turn the stereo on, then it wont start as soon as your in range :T

    EDIT: nevermind, i didnt read it very well, u already said the car would be on, but, who has their car on, THEN come into range? o_O

    personally, i never leave my car running if im not in it, lol

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    Remote start... I think he mentioned that above.

    2 words for ya about PDA replacing a CarPuter... backup cam. My tint is so dark, I couldn't live without one...
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