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Thread: "Transflective" LCD panel with res touch+controler for $101+$36 S+H

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    Derrick,
    You won't be able to please everyone, I think you've figured that out by now.. Have you considered moving some inputs to the rear of the unit? A multi-purpose rotating knob would be more useful to me than front facing USB/SD/AUX inputs. These could all be moved to the back and let the user run cable wherever they want.

    With a knob with click push, you can control a lot of things. Besides the usual volume up/down/mute, you could click hold to bring up a new set of menu options - Equalizer, Input settings, LCD control for example. Then use the knob as left/right or up/down and click select. Brings up your eq/lcd settings and so on, you get the idea. It's very intuitive vs trying to cram several single use buttons where they normally wouldn't make sense. This is the way BMW & Lexus (and prob others) are going - more features, less buttons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebberry View Post
    I mean the metal frame that holds the LCD panel and glass together, not the plastic case that everything is assembled into.

    It is probably beyond what you guys can engineer since you are taking an already-made LCD panel and putting it into your own enclosure, but I'm suggesting that the controller board be mounted directly to the metal casing which holds the LCD panel/glass assembly together.

    Or even better - simply offer an extension cable between the LCD panel and controller so the controller board can be mounted several inches away from the panel.
    Yes, our board and LCD will mount together in the case

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    Quote Originally Posted by miraclemaker View Post
    Agree with Hdale85's idea of putting everything on one side to make room for the rotary encoder. Do we really need any hardware buttons when everything could be implemented in the frontend?

    Also agree with moving to mini or micro SD, does anyone ever use full size SD these days?

    Am loving the opportunity to help shape the design - thanks Derrick!
    Thanks for your opinion

    I discuss these with the design guy. What he said is, there is really no room for the knob if we want to put a 7" LCD in this project. Even put them in one side, there is very tie plus that will not stable enough

    for the SD slot, what ever a stand SD or mini SD, it won`t effect because it sitting there vertically. both take the same space

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    Quote Originally Posted by that_kid View Post
    I think hardware buttons are needed. Yes we can do thing within the frontend but it's great when you can hit a button that performs a function and not have to look at the screen to do it. Plus there are applications outside of the frontend where the buttons can be useful as well.
    Yes, we will make all buttons on the left side customizable. Using a software, you can set the function as you want, also for combine keys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hdale85 View Post
    Hardware buttons can be nice, But I think we could live with less of them.

    Although adding a rotary knob with a click function automatically takes away 3 buttons, volume up and down, and mute.
    We really hope can do so, but no space for the knob if we want a 7" LCD

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveDog View Post
    Rotary encoder with push would be nice, but not a deal breaker, functions are implemented in the front end anyway,

    same with hardware buttons, something tells me these would not see a lot of use as it would be another program/plugin to set up.

    The only hard buttons required are for power and control of the LCD (input, menu, dim) get rid of the rest.

    Agree with both arguments for SD, what to do?

    Absolutely keep the full size USB and audio input.

    I like the idea of a removable shade, but I was under the impression these screens were pretty good with sunlight, although capacitive touch will be a reflection problem.

    Now if costs were not an issue:
    add an HDMI input,
    make USB input a USB3 capable socket with a pigtail I could run to either my motherboards USB3 port or to the LCD controller USB 2 hub.
    add a second mic, both with ports on the rear so we can use the phoenix audio array kit.
    What do you mean second mic? any photos?

    The HDMI input will add for sure. USB 3 we need to working on it and see if it will increase the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hdale85 View Post
    Not sure why we'd really need USB3, and I don't think we need a input, menu, or dim button for LCD control. The dimming would be controlled via the car headlights as stated. Inputs shouldn't be an issue? You would have your CarPC as the main one, and it would automatically switch to reverse camera when you go into reverse. So all that goes automatically so I don't feel the need for input button. I would like to be able to turn off the screen though so I like that button.
    For guru car-pc user. They may have their own system and buttons are no need.

    Buttons are useful for people who using standard win7 OS, they can use them as shortcut key

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    Quote Originally Posted by that_kid View Post
    My setup requires some hardware buttons but it wouldn't be a deal breaker if I lost 3 buttons in place of a rotary knob with click.
    Knob really can`t happen in this layout. Only way we can do is keep more buttons

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    Quote Originally Posted by that_kid View Post
    Yes but what about the case where there's another video device that you wish to use? Auto switching to a reverse camera is great but there are times when I need to switch to another video source, like my ham radio.
    There will still keep HDMI, VGA and two AV ports (AV-1 for reverse system)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hdale85 View Post
    A remote? Personally I think for instances like that I'd be perfectly happy using the little IR remote to switch inputs and go through menu's and stuff. I'd just prefer them not clutter up the already tight for space bezel.
    Remote is not confirm yet. Maybe we can use those buttons to switch channels?

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