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    Valentine1 Serial Adapter - Now Shipping!

    EDIT: Now Shipping. http://www.v1connect.com/Purchase.aspx/

    Centrafuse Plugin: V1Connect - Valentine1 Plugin

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    I wanted to announce that I am in the final stages of developing a valentine1 to serial adapter. The hardware will function just like a concealed display, but will use your pc for the display. It will plug in right where your normal concealed display does.

    Features:
    • Detect and interpret the valentine1 concealed display data and transmit to pc via a serial cable
    • Ability to mute the valentine 1
    • Ability to change modes of the valentine1
    • Ability to turn on/off the main display (which stops/starts data flow to the serial port)
    • Fully powered by the existing valentine1's connection.
    • Small compact size (approx 3inches x 1.5 inches)


    I will also be developing some software for use with this new hardware. The software will mimic the normal concealed displays look and functionality (where possible).

    This software is still in development so the look may/will change slightly.


    I am planning on getting some CarPC frontend integration developed. I will be contacting and working with different frontend developers for this.

    Please post any questions or comments. I will you all updated as to the progress. Right now I have the PCB's designed and sent off for manufacturing. I am looking into the assembly of the PCB and the finalization of the software development.
    V1Connect - Valentine1 Serial Adapter http://www.v1connect.com

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    Very good news
    Quote Originally Posted by CityFan86 View Post
    I wanted to announce that I am in the final stages of developing a valentine1 to serial adapter. The hardware will function just like a concealed display, but will use your pc for the display. It will plug in right where your normal concealed display does.

    Features:
    • Detect and interpret the valentine1 concealed display data and transmit to pc via a serial cable
    • Ability to mute the valentine 1
    • Ability to change modes of the valentine1
    • Fully powered by the existing valentine1's connection.
    • Small compact size (approx 3inches x 1.5 inches)


    I will also be developing some software for use with this new hardware. The software will mimic the normal concealed displays look and functionality (where possible).

    This software is still in development so the look may/will change slightly.


    I am planning on getting some CarPC frontend integration developed. I will be contacting and working with different frontend developers for this.

    Please post any questions or comments. I will you all updated as to the progress. Right now I have the PCB's designed and sent off for manufacturing. I am looking into the assembly of the PCB and the finalization of the software development.

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    That looks/sounds cool...if I could have this setup I'd probably install one in my headliner somewhere.

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    Well hopefully you can have this setup soon

    Honestly my schedule is looking like mid July->August will be when the first batch (approx 25) will be ready. Its about 15 days for manufacturing and another 15 for assembly. I may push it back later and just release a few of them as beta testers first though.
    V1Connect - Valentine1 Serial Adapter http://www.v1connect.com

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    Cool, subbed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityFan86 View Post
    Well hopefully you can have this setup soon

    Honestly my schedule is looking like mid July->August will be when the first batch (approx 25) will be ready. Its about 15 days for manufacturing and another 15 for assembly. I may push it back later and just release a few of them as beta testers first though.
    I am ready for test

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    Awesome. As soon as I get this thing manufactured (which is turning out to be one of the hardest things so far) I will let you know. I have tested the design and it works, but it would be good to get some real world testing and reviews.

    Well seeing as no one has asked, I thought I would post my initial pricing plan. These prices are subject to change depending on cost of making them. I plan on selling them for $100 shipped to the USA, but I will run an intro price of $75 shipped for the first few (unknown number at this time). I dont think this is bad pricing at all considering the standard concealed display goes for around $50 ($39 + shipping). If I do use beta testers pricing will be negotiated with them at that time.
    V1Connect - Valentine1 Serial Adapter http://www.v1connect.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by CityFan86 View Post
    Awesome. As soon as I get this thing manufactured (which is turning out to be one of the hardest things so far) I will let you know. I have tested the design and it works, but it would be good to get some real world testing and reviews.

    Well seeing as no one has asked, I thought I would post my initial pricing plan. These prices are subject to change depending on cost of making them. I plan on selling them for $100 shipped to the USA, but I will run an intro price of $75 shipped for the first few (unknown number at this time). I dont think this is bad pricing at all considering the standard concealed display goes for around $50 ($39 + shipping). If I do use beta testers pricing will be negotiated with them at that time.
    O.K. thank you I will follow this post.

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    Nice work, id be interested in testing this out.
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    Thought I would post the inital version of my read me for your viewing pleasure. This details the functionality in detail as well as how to interact with the V1Connect Serial adapter. This will help any developers out their wanting to start making something for this hardware.

    EDIT: Please check my website for latest protocol info
    V1Connect - Valentine1 Serial Adapter http://www.v1connect.com

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