Copying portable GPS features...
First, a little background:
Before I started my carpc project I had a TomTom 910. It was about as close to an off-the-shelf carpc, all-in-one solution that you can get. It had GPS functionality (of course), multimedia (pictures, music, ipod connectivity), bluetooth phone integration, etc. It really was a great device.
Although some development was supported for the TomTom, it was a little tricky and not friendly by any means. The greatest flexibility seems to be offered via an actual PC, which gets me to where I am today.
I have my carpc running Windows XP, and I've been evaluating front-ends. I'm running a trial of streetdeck right now and really like it. I also use copilot live 10 for my nav.
Trouble is, there are a lot of features that the off-the-shelf gps units give a person that really take some work on the PC side. For example, switching between my front-end (streetdeck, or anything else for that matter) and my external nav application.
My goal is this: I'd love to have a single application that would run on the carpc that integrated multimedia, nav, etc into a single, touch friendly interface. Yes, I know the basic idea has been done... but what about those users who want to use a third party nav application (iguidance, copilot, etc)?
There is also a wishlist going for features that devices like the TomTom already have:
Voice recognition - speak the address or GUI navigation commands
Fast startup/shutdown - still not quite there with the speed on XP
Streamlined way to copy content - sync mp3s with home pc
ipod integration - I love having the ability for passengers to plug their ipod in and be able to navigate it just like my local music collection
I'm a developer by profession - .Net windows applications are a favorite of mine - so I'm thinking I might have to jump into the front end development world.