This project is looking great Derrick. I favour a 'cleaner' look so if the ports can be hidden away so much the better.
I think for volume control a rotary knob would be much better rather than two separate buttons - if you look at OEM stereos I think the vast majority use a knob.
Also the customisable buttons might be better off with more generic symbols on them, like 1, 2, 3.
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Could change how much it dims with a jumper or set of dip switches.
I still don't believe the screen dimming and going bright on touch is a good idea for night time driving.
I'd prefer to have a rotary volume control with a mute function integrated (Push to Mute) or as a separate button but Derrick is facing space constraints in having a rotary volume control
I guess it is a bit too late to suggest major changes but one of the options could be to have the screen pushed to one side and buttons on the other side instead of having buttons on both sides (as of now). This should liberate space for placing a rotary encoder which can perform multiple functions including volume control.
Practically thinking, do we really need so many configurable hardware buttons? Cant we have as many buttons as we need on the front-end?
EDIT: The picture of the Pio unit posted below by Hdale85 got me thinking. Anyone really needs/use a big SD card these days? Wouldn't a Micro-SDHC slot be more than enough? Personally I don't see a need for even that but I can imagine uses where people may find a Micro-SDHC slot handy.
Also do we need USB slot as well as an SDHC slot? Isn't one of them enough? The main problem I see with USB slot is that it takes up lots of space and a USB Stick projecting out like a sore thumb will come in way of using screen edges and could also break the socket/frame if we accidentally knock the USB stick hard.
+1 to ^...Please have it as a configurable menu item if at all someone wants that function.I still don't believe the screen dimming and going bright on touch is a good idea for night time driving.
Last edited by DigitalVampire; 03-14-2012 at 10:28 AM.
Probably not, could remove one or 2 of the buttons on the bottom left corner and throw the rotary encoder there, a small one like Pioneer uses.
Of course this has a 6.1" screen.
Here's a better example
Looking back at the design, the only way I see making a rotary happen is to take the buttons off one side, and move them to the other side, and then just ditch the extra buttons. Or change them to go horizontal and a bit skinnier similar to that Valor I posted above. Then put the USB next to the SD and use one cover for both.
Personally I'd rather have push buttons instead of a rotary knob. With the current layout there doesn't seem to be much room to implement an affective sized rotary knob. I agree on the SD card slot, a micro or mini would be nice. Also instead of a regular sized USB slot maybe it can be replaced with a mini or micro USB. I'd rather keep the screen centered though.