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  1. AFKFest 2011 is September 24, Tickets Available Now (Again)

    by , 03-17-2011 at 05:04 PM



    Mp3Car is hosting another one-of-a-kind show September 24, in Baltimore, Maryland. Come join computer hackers, car enthusiasts, techies, and audiophiles in a day of informative talks, car computer install presentations, socializing and innovating. In the morning, enjoy a free interactive speaker series on various topics on mobile computing.

    This year's AFKFest will be at Betascape 2011, an event made to showcase innovative technology through a series of exhibits, workshops, and social events. Now our forum member vehicles will join forces with the likes of all types of cutting edge, experimental, and interactive technology. Come for the weekend and check out this fun-filled and informative event.

    Where to stay? Mp3Car Recommends these hotels:


    · Pier 5 Hotel

    · Celie's Waterfront Inn

    · Admiral Fell Inn

    · Fairfield Inn & Suites Baltimore

    · Courtyard Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor

    · Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

    What to bring?

    · Your car to enter the contest. Register with mp3Car first as space is limited for display vehicles

    · A camera

    · A friend

    · A good appetite for innovation

    · A good appetite.

    Schedule.

    9:30am. Reception.

    Enjoy a light & complementary continental breakfast. Juice, coffee, bagels, fruit, etc.

    10:00am. Speaker Series.

    · Space for the speaker series is limited to 100

    · Tickets are free

    · Get your ticket early

    Possible speaker topics:

    · DIY Electric Vehicle Fabricator/ Car Computer integrator

    · Expert on terminal mode for OEMs & aftermarket electronic manufacturers

    · HMI expert

    · iPad in vehicle expert

    · Operating Systems in the vehicle

    · Voice recognition expert

    · XPrize vehicle and program manager?

    · Mp3Car forum members talking about their vehicles

    2:00pm. Vehicle Showcase & Betascape Event

    · This year, space is limited to roughly 15 vehicles

    · If you'd like to showecase your vehicle, please PM jensen2000 on the mp3Car forums for registration details

    · People's Choice Award will be presented to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the "Most Techie & Innovative" vehicle

    · The Maryland Film Festival will be held in the same location

    · Live music and street vendors will also be at Betascape-- come hungry!
  2. Hardware Review: Bybyte 2-Channel Programmable Wireless Switch

    by , 03-16-2011 at 01:14 PM

    What is it?

    The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch allows on/off control of up 2 devices with the included wireless remote.

    The Verdict:

    The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch is a great solution to the problem of having to deal with tedious resume times when restarting a car PC. The device has a great build quality, and is flexible enough to tackle multiple startup/shutdown problems easily and effectively. Anyone looking to have near-instant boot times should consider this product as a quality option.

    The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch is available at the mp3Car store



    What’s in the box?

    The 2-channel programmable switch comes with the key chain transmitter, the control box, wiring harnesses, and instruction manual.


    Description:

    As car PC users, we all know the drill. Get in the car, start the ignition, and wait 30 seconds or more for the music to play. There are a few ways around it, but in general, resume times are the biggest day to day problem of a car PC install. Luckily, Bybyte has put together a solution. The 2-channel programmable wireless switch allows a car PC to begin the boot process before users step foot in the car. It works via radio frequency, and has a range of up to 30 feet. Installation could not be easier (see video review for a installation demonstration). Configuration is just as easy. There is a one button on the receiver board that allows the device to work as a momentary switch or a normally opened/closed switch.


    I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the device as well. The control box is very small and can easily be tucked into a dashboard. There is an audible confirmation of commands received from the high-quality transmitter that stems from the control board. In fact, the sound is loud enough to be heard from outside the car. This comes in handy, especially when you're not sure if you pressed one of the two remote buttons. Unfortunately what you don't get with this one-way system is any kind of visual indicator of the PCs on/off state.


    So for all its configuration options and the fact that it will not only manage the state of your car PC, but also a second device such as your monitor, auxillary lighting, or any other 12 device you would want to start via RF, the Bybyte 2-channel programmable switch is a sure bet to improve any car PC installation.

    The Good:

      ● Simple in design, implementation and configuration
    ● Perhaps the easiest solution to resume wait
    ● Built with high quality materials
    ● Remote has a sliding cover to hide buttons when not in use


    The Bad:

    ● Key chain is one-way, no state indicator for times you accidentally start the PC

    The Verdict:

    The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch is a great solution to the problem of having to deal with tedious resume times when restarting a car PC. The device has a great build quality, and is flexible enough to tackle multiple startup/shutdown problems easily and effectively. Anyone looking to have near-instant boot times should consider this product as a quality option.

    The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch is available at the mp3Car store


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  4. Saab's new IQon system dubbed the first application-based in-car infotainment system

    by , 03-07-2011 at 02:52 PM


    Saab’s recent release of its Android-based IQon in-car infotainment system at the Geneva Motor Show has made a significant splash in the car computing community. Not only does it feature in-vehicle navigation and entertainment functions that we see in other systems, but Saab claims that it is the first truly application-based in-vehicle infotainment system. It boasts an impressive network of sensors that can track variables like vehicle speed and interior/exterior temperature, incorporating this information into a positively customizable driving experience. In addition, Saab is making all information available to third party developers, who can develop and sell applications on Saab’s app store. Welcome to the world of what Saab is calling digital and automotive harmony—the interactive focal point for you, your Saab, and your life. See the teaser video and original post on engadget.

    Updated 03-08-2011 at 10:45 AM by Jensen2000

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  5. Put down The Charlie Sheen Tribune and take a gander at this week’s new products

    by , 03-04-2011 at 03:06 PM

    Updated 03-04-2011 at 03:30 PM by Jensen2000

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