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    Quote Originally Posted by Tilley View Post
    in-Dash-PC has got to be the most descriptive for someone who has never heard of it
    Except when your pc is not in the dash AT ALL...(mine is under the seat and the screen is on the overhead console).

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    My conversation with my father-in-law (70 something, does not have an e-mail, that tells you how hard it would be to explain a carputer to him) went like this:

    "Are you heading to the garage? Changing oil? I can help"

    "No, no, I'm just going to test a...new skin for my err...my carputer"

    After a bit of a confusion (no, I didn't replace the electronic fuel injection, etc.) I showed him the still blank Xenarc screen and told him that that was the computer display I installed in the car. "That is a computer display." I said. It's not a fancy radio display. It's an actual computer. Only smaller than most you see at Bestbuy or Frys.

    ""To make it like an office? Why? Can you do some work while driving?"

    "It's not for that. Let me take you for a spin and I'll show what it can do".


    I showed him 3 things:

    1. Launched ESPN.com with the web browser; (since my carputer has internet, that was the first thing I showed him). Stats, News, Weather. Easy. He loved it.


    2. Google Earth plugin for RR; he actually used touch to navigate over the houses we we're passing by...cool. Visually it was very impressive, specially since the local maps were mostly loaded already, almost no delay at all.


    3. RRGAS PRICES. He loved it. He wanted to go to a real gas station to check if it was a match, if that was up to date. It was a match. He was sold on the spot. I could have sold a carputer for him right then and there (of course I wouldn't because I can't provide support thousands of miles away). Imagine the savings, I think that's what was really on his mind.

    I also wanted to talk about webcam recording, but he was thinking about the revolution it is to have the latest gas prices on hand.

    I didn't need to show him anything else. He was sold. Thought I was a genius. He wanted one on his truck. Told everybody back home about it.


    True story. But for him, it's not a carputer, computer, in car pc. That's those boring machines we have at the office.

    It's the internet. "That car is online". That's a big deal to make the point for a carpc, IMHO.

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    1990's - 2000 >>>> DeskTop
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    2000 - 2010 >>>> Laptop
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    2010 >>> Whats NEXT?
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    All you who are using "entertainment" in your suggestions are being pretty short-sighted in your idea of the uses of the computer in your vehicle.

    Chew on this:
    Is GPS navigation "entertainment"?
    Do you consider a tire-pressure management system "entertainment"?
    How about reprogramming the chip for your FI engine, or even reading/clearing codes through OBD? Is that "entertainment"?
    What about PC control of mechanical stuff like HVAC, power windows or actuators? Still "entertainment"?
    Perhaps you might consider bluetooth integration & hands-free calling to be "entertainment", as well.

    My point is that there is so much more capability for a PC in your vehicle than just playing music and videos to wow your passengers. Don't get me wrong. That part of it is just as cool as everything else, but it's only one small facet of what a PC can do n your ride.

    In my mind, phrases like "vehicle infotainment integration" simply don't adequately describe the potential.

    I'll stick with Vehicle Computing.
    It describes my hobby sufficiently. And if someone starts asking questions about it, I talk about all that the PC in my truck could potentially do.
    And then, I describe "The Vision".
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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