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    cellphones=the next carputer?

    So I picked up a new Sony Ericsson w810i phone, this thing can do every thing that my carputer can with a 5 second boot up time, sure there would be challanges to convert this into a carputer, but it is soooo close.

    MP3/MP4
    Plays movies
    Navigation
    File system
    Wireless networking
    Bluetooth
    Phone integration
    voice recognition
    voice recording
    camera
    constantly stable, no moving parts
    Alot cheaper
    Some new phones even have Nvidia graphic chips

    Issues to over come:Storage capacity (my phone can hold 8 gig with the new memory sticks coming out, and hooking it up to a larger screen and maybe sound quality, will hook it up to my H/U to see how that is going but sounds awsome with headphones.
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    It has the potential to take over some sectors, but expandability may be the issue, if the large-screen issue is ever resolved. One issue I see with cell phone/UMPC-based solutions is having to dock your device every time you get in your car. Unless you have a dedicated cell-phone with dedicated service, you'll have to clip it in and likely connect several cables before you start your engine.
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    Every time something looks like it's about to obsolete CarPCs, car PC users add yet another piece of hardware/software into the mix that solidifies the CarPC's position. Currently, it looks like sign/plate recognition might be the next thing to keep PCs in the car.

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    i thought about doing something like this with my PPC6700 cellphone/pda, i've been thinking about wriing some software to let it be the front end, but somehow still plug into the car,(kinda let it be the computer) and have the touchscreen/gps/audio plug into it via some kinda of usb connection

    just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom61
    Every time something looks like it's about to obsolete CarPCs, car PC users add yet another piece of hardware/software into the mix that solidifies the CarPC's position. Currently, it looks like sign/plate recognition might be the next thing to keep PCs in the car.
    I am hoping someone figures out a feasible way to do a low cost HUD.

    Either that or hope for widespread commercialisation of electroluminescent film that we can install over windscreens.

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    where did you get an 810i? How much was it? Are you on rogers? Sry for all the questions, but I've been waiting for this phone for a while now


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    all you'll need now is a bluetooth 5.1 DSP/amplifier, maybe a bluetooth touchscreen? how cool would that be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gameboy
    i thought about doing something like this with my PPC6700 cellphone/pda, i've been thinking about wriing some software to let it be the front end, but somehow still plug into the car,(kinda let it be the computer) and have the touchscreen/gps/audio plug into it via some kinda of usb connection

    just a thought.
    Look at Phonecontrol.net 1.6 and the PPC plugin. I haven't had a chance to play with it. I believe I have to have a BT serial port set up in order to use Phonecontrol with my Cingular 8125 cell/pda. So far I haven't been able to get the BT serial port part to work. While trying to get PC.net to work the wizard installed Phonecontrol.WCEkeypad. It looks like it controls whatever frontend you chose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamikaze2112
    where did you get an 810i? How much was it? Are you on rogers? Sry for all the questions, but I've been waiting for this phone for a while now
    Yep I am on Rogers, check out Markways.com, tell him you are a member of Howard forums. Paid 570 NO taxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyM
    Look at Phonecontrol.net 1.6 and the PPC plugin. I haven't had a chance to play with it. I believe I have to have a BT serial port set up in order to use Phonecontrol with my Cingular 8125 cell/pda. So far I haven't been able to get the BT serial port part to work. While trying to get PC.net to work the wizard installed Phonecontrol.WCEkeypad. It looks like it controls whatever frontend you chose.
    i tried that, was having way to many problems,, seems it was not worth the aggravation(at the current time), i might try again later, but it is just to flaky for me right now(bt adapter from officemax)
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