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Thanks for taking the time to read this, just wanted to get an idea of everyone on this board how realistic it is to have a consumer all-in-one ready unit in the near future.
Just post a reply on how much you would pay and what you would like to see or what functionalities you think are missing.
What this single unit will have is:
- LCD/Touchscreen capable of mounting on dash.
- DVD drive to allow MP3s/CDs/DVDs/VCDs etc.
- GPS w/ antenna
- all the necessary players to use all formats (i.e Winamp, WMP, etc)
- wireless internet
- CCD camera capability
- on-screen keyboard
- voice recognition
all this can be installed into your automobile and controlled by the LCD screen.
Feedback, opinions, questions will be appreciated.
i dont think its ready for consumers yet. you have to know EVERYTHING about computers to do this. Ive run into problems across the board and thank god for my background. no consumers will want to run the wires or know how. they wont understand what a crash is and you'll have to have a major tech support department
but good luck. ive thought about it alot myself...big money! all my friends want one.
Originally posted by Alives:
<STRONG>i dont think its ready for consumers yet. you have to know EVERYTHING about computers to do this. Ive run into problems across the board and thank god for my background. no consumers will want to run the wires or know how. they wont understand what a crash is and you'll have to have a major tech support department
but good luck. ive thought about it alot myself...big money! all my friends want one.</STRONG>
Yeah, I've been through the same things. Between being in computers for a living, and this board has solved my problems, and people who i dont even know (ie places ive bought parts) have asked if i could build one for them.
ok, that is a lot of good input. Say i had something here, it's an all-inclusive unit, and this is how the install goes:
1. stick unit under seat/truck
2. wire to battery and headunit (i.e. same as an aftermarket amplifier).
3. mount gps antenna somewhere.
4. mount screen anywhere
now if thats all thats required.. and somewhere like a Circuit City/stereo shop could do this easily would this take some of the hesitation out of it? This is assuming you know NOTHING about car installs.
also, what kind of price range would you pay for this? keep in mind those clarion/pionneer units are ~$3000 and all they have is a DVD screen and unit.
Not to sound discouraging, but it's been thought of before and abandoned. I like to cite the example of tech support. My CMOS reset in my player one day. I brought a monitor out into the car, and had it fixed in 5 mintues. What if your average-Joe user had that problem. Sounds like a 2.5 hour tech support call to me. Brutal. And just imagine if a HD died....I don't think the world is ready for a PC based solution, and OEM stuff is already available (at a price).
Player: Pentium 166MMX, Amptron 598LMR MB w/onboard Sound, Video, LAN, 10.2 Gig Fujitsu Laptop HD, Arise 865 DC-DC Converter, Lexan Case, Custom Software w/Voice Interface, MS Access Based Playlists
Car: 1986 Mazda RX-7 Turbo (highly modded), 1978 RX-7 Beater (Dead, parting out), 2001 Honda Insight
"If one more body-kitted, cut-spring-lowered, farty-exhausted Civic revs on me at an intersection, I swear I'm going to get out of my car and cram their ridiculous double-decker aluminium wing firmly up their rump."
I beg to differ... the guys at Empeg/Riocar had no problems supporting the 4000 odd players they sold. It had nothing to do with why SonicBlue yanked the line.
true, but the difference is that the empeg used software on firmware, with a custom motherboard, etc..... so it was dedicated to JUST playing mp3's. Therefore Aarons problems of CMOS errors, etc... are eliminated....
I think what guys like myself achive here.... you need to know what you are doing and what you want.... the average joe ain't gonna handle it too well....
Project - GAME OVER :(