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  1. Automotive Computing (R)Evolution - The Android Head Unit Build - Road Test!

    by , 07-18-2013 at 01:24 PM




    Well, the first full week worth of road testing the ODROID-X2 is in the books. Overall I'm delighted with my windows car PC replacement. Key improvements over my previous install include the time from ignition to boot, access to all of my media needs via existing applications, and the system absolutely flies. I cant get over the speed of the ODROID-X2. Even comparing it to my collection of Android based tablets, it really does breeze through everything I want it to do. Whether navigating, watching YouTube, or playing an emulator, the system never misses a beat. Configuring the UltraCarHome application with all of my frequently used programs was also a snap. I've also managed to get some functionality out of the SpaceNavigator, allow me to access all button controls on screen and swipe between main menus in UltraCarHome. I'm sure that with more bench testing I'll unlock a greater set of functionality.

    As with most test scenarios however, I do have a couple of complaints with the install as it stands. The Anker external battery pack is not living up to my expectations. It appears the battery life is heavily effected by the ambient temperatures. Inside, the battery lasts for several days under a charge with no power usage mitigation. In the summer heat inside the vehicle, the battery barely manages to last 10 hours. Also, at 1.5A input maximum, it takes close to a full day to charge the battery, meaning my car will never truly charge the battery properly. The Anker portion of the project will be scraped for now.

    Another problem I am not so surprised with is touchscreen accuracy. The higher on the touchscreen I press, the more inaccurate the points become. It becomes burdensome in apps where the menu or other controls are on the top 75 pixels on the screen. I'll have to do more modifying of the kernel to attempt to correct this problem.

    The final gripe I have at this point is one that many tablet owners have come to somewhat expect. Despite the fact that my area has 4G LTE coverage, there are points where I wish the ODROID-X2 wasn't so heavily dependent on a network connection. Because the X2 doesn't have an internal battery, it needs internet access to correct time/date settings after a cold boot. Also, at times it takes upwards of 30 seconds for the X2 to scan and pick up my mobile hotspot connection. There have not been times where I've been left with buffering messages on the go, but I find myself waiting for that internet icon to display before I really feel like I can enjoy my X2.

    These small issues aside, I definitely still get excited when I can start my car and not see resume problems, BSODs, or configuration issues. The ODROID-X2 already feels closely integrated into the vehicle, and I'm definitely ready for more bench testing to continue to maximize its potential.
  2. AFKfest 2009 - MaxBob Car Computer Install

    by , 09-28-2009 at 09:12 AM


    Rob Wray from mp3Car talks with MaxBob about his car installation. He has fabricated his own semi-circular dash extension to re-locate the face plate of his radio. He has actually left the radio installed, and just moved the face plate that way he can put the 7 inch touch screen in place while not losing his FM radio.
  3. AFKfest 2009 - Mike Car Computer Install

    by , 09-07-2009 at 12:21 PM

    Rob Wray from mp3Car Talks with Mike L. about his car computer install. What is unique about this install is the use of Garmin Mobile. Although it may look like it Garmin is not running in Centrafuse, it's the stand alone program.

    Mike also has a VNC client for his windows mobile device that allows him to interact with his phone from using the touch screen instead of having to use the small 2 inch screen on the phone.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:37 PM by optikalefx

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  4. AFKfest 2009 - Greg Planthaber Car Computer Installation

    by , 09-03-2009 at 04:13 PM

    Rob Wray from mp3Car takes a look at Greg's car PC. Greg's Lexus has been tricked out with some very clean looking computer components.

    Under the stock flip down panel reveals the normal Lexus screen. Greg has re-wired the open button to allow it switch the video input over to Centrafuse.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:39 PM by optikalefx

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  5. AFKfest 2009 - Cabe Sipes Speaker and Car Computer Install

    by , 08-28-2009 at 01:03 PM



    Check out Cabe's mp3car forum section Ask Cabe Sipes

    Rob Wray from mp3Car interviews Cabe Sipes from Pimp My Ride and Rock the Boat about what modding cars is like on a TV set.

    Cabe talks about his experience on the set of Pimp My Ride and how a fabrication team deals with car computer installs.

    Cabe Sipes shows off his truck with a ton of computer and audio related modifications. Cabe has a 10 inch touch screen along with 2 7 inch head rest screens.

    Being a huge fan of how this car sounds, he has multiple amplifiers running to 2 15 inch subs.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:42 PM by optikalefx

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