Just posing a hypothetical.
Hey all. This is my first post so Ill intro and then blather on for a few lines. Im a 27 year old exec at a major Toy company who has always been a computer geek. There, thats my intro lol.
Im wondering if anyone has tried using other devices besides the standardized PC for a Car system? My early days on the computer scene were always spent in the "hacker" channels and the mod channels. So I learned early on that my favorite love it make things do what they were never intended to do. So ... What about using cheap "All in One" systems for simple Carputers?
I was looking at this www.gp2x.com the other day. TV Out, USB Port, and Portable/Removable. Dual 200Mhz ARM procs, runs Linux, and plays audio, movies, games, etc. and only 220.00 USD. Another otion would be the Gumstix computer, and a few other Linux based singleboard computers.
Maybe the better option is to attempt an "all in one" install in the dash using these types of componets? Has anyone successfully done this? I mean it would make sense seeing embedded systems wouldnt require a shutdown period, and are still able to be highly customized, and in the case of GP2X it has batteries as a nice backup feature.
Don't get me wrong, Im not some GP2X salesman or anything, but when I read about it on slashdot it brought me back here. I had a Celery 500 carputer back before most people was thinking about installing them. I had to use inverters to power the thing, I even had it set up with 802.11b so that when I pulled into the garage it auto sync'd with any new MP3's on my desktop PC.
Anyone have any ideas about embedded systems? I just bought a new truck, and I would love to install one without 20 miles of wiring.
Another thought I had was what about embedded Windows? I know the systems are streamlined, but it would prevent having to wait for long boots and shutdowns. Has anyone tried this?
How's this for small???
discuss away, gentlemen..