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    iPhones, Brains, Controllers OH MY

    Ok, so heres the deal. Im still in the planning stages of my 2k1 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I know i will be using xp/os x via parallel to control the media, nav, cameras...etc. However, I was looking at the fusion brain and I was trying to think of an eligant way to intergrate this without clogging up the parallel xp/osx; so this brings me to another question - can i use the iphone to control the fusion? If so i think it would be amazing to be able to lock/unlock doors, alarm, start the car, control windows etc...via my phone, as well as intergrate it as a remote control for the rest of the system. Thoughts? Opinions?
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    If the FB supports WiFi or has a cell modem, then yes it would be possible (read, you're probably going to have to write code). Otherwise, no. The bluetooth implementation in the iPhone is too crippled to be useful for anything besides handsfree.

    Another thing to note is that (at least the last time I looked) the FB's USB interface did not have an OS X compatible driver. If you are booting directly to XP, that shouldn't be a problem. But you won't be able to use it in OS X and I don't know if Parallels will let XP see it or not.

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    To control those functions using the PC's networking as the bridge means the computer will need to be on. This really limits how often you'll be able to do it, just be aware.

    Technically, you could use something like this (http://www.siteplayer.com/main_content.htm) in conjunction with a wireless router that's on full time. If the router doesn't consume too much power, and the SitePlayer was interfaced to your FusionBrain or other controller, then you could have a web interface to all the functions whenever you get within a few hundred feet of the car.
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    As iamgnat has pointed out, there is no OSX comptable driver. So you will need to be running a windows environment.

    We have it working with XP running inside a native OSX install on a non-Apple PC, but it isnt pretty or easy. Better to stick with XP. And then you soon will be able to control it all from a web interface or if the iphone can make a simple tcp connection I am sure an app can be written for it. But I wont do it, and you wont need to unlock your phone.

    It would be easy if the phone ran Windows Mobile.
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    Also the Fusion Brain has its own subforum: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/fusion-brain/

    I get an email every night about new/updated threads so if you have a FB specific question, ask it there, or I may never even see it. You were lucky this time with the catch thread title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    As iamgnat has pointed out, there is no OSX comptable driver. So you will need to be running a windows environment.
    I know you are no fan of us Mac people , but is there any chance that a future version of FB will use a USB interface that does have support for non-Windows platforms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamgnat View Post
    If the FB supports WiFi or has a cell modem, then yes it would be possible (read, you're probably going to have to write code). Otherwise, no. The bluetooth implementation in the iPhone is too crippled to be useful for anything besides handsfree.

    Another thing to note is that (at least the last time I looked) the FB's USB interface did not have an OS X compatible driver. If you are booting directly to XP, that shouldn't be a problem. But you won't be able to use it in OS X and I don't know if Parallels will let XP see it or not.

    -dave
    Parallels should let it read it, from my understanding of it they both boot nativly and run as individual operating systems, you just access windows programs thru app windows (much like fusion but w/o virtualization). And OSX is just so much cooler.

    Also could u hook a wifi dongle up 2 the usb port? Even if i had to jump to something that was windows mobile based to run it i think it would still intergrate w/ the parallels or @ least a good ole fashoned IR Sensor as a remote.

    The spawning of this is me trying to get rid of all the switches, keys, and possibaly handles (though its a bit ricey 2 shave the handles of a jeep). And keep my basic functions seperate from my media center - it would b tragic to lose it all @ once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamgnat View Post
    I know you are no fan of us Mac people , but is there any chance that a future version of FB will use a USB interface that does have support for non-Windows platforms?

    -dave
    The current FB uses a generic USB driver. The linusb library for linux can be used, and I think there is a similar one for the mac. But the software wont come from me for a while... I have heard mono has made leaps and bounds over the past year or so, and I might check that out later on.
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    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
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