When this unit is used with your double-din kit, how will the screen's bezel sit in relation to the DD kit? Will the kit sit against the back edge of the frame/screen bezel or will the screen bezel be recessed some and the double-din kit be along side giving it an almost flush look? I feel along side/recessed would be cleaner looking so it doesn't stick out too far. However would the bezel need a small lip to sit up against the back side of the DD kit to seal out any light that may bleed through from the back? As mentioned earlier, I also wonder about the Aux jack having enough clearance for a standard 1/8" plug? At the same time though there are some smaller plugs made now that fit into tight cell phone cases and whatnot so could just use one of those.
EDIT: After looking at the Rev B pics again maybe my newbie-ness is shining through. Is the DD kit just some brackets that allow you to mount the screen into a vehicle specific DD kit like you would with any DD stereo unit? If that is the case then disregard my comments above.
Other than that I am really interested in this screen and waiting on it to be released before beginning my first CarPC build.
04-02-2012, 10:18 AM
Thanks a lot Derrick!
I finally finished my carPC setup and its awesome. Screen quality is much better than in the video and for some reason glare pops up on the video but is very clear and readable in the day. Using my laptop, i built a car PC for $300. Only mod i did was use body filler and lots of sand paper to make my double din hole smaller to fit the touchscreen. I have no previous experience and it was not hard at all.
Awesome small keyboard! Fits right into the glovebox. Has a left&right click as well as a trackball mouse. Works like a charm, passengers love it, it's a lot more comfortable than using laptop in a car. http://i.imgur.com/9ECOjl.jpg
I quickly scanned through this. But in a response to this question, I would think most people are running a CarPC software that is more finger friends when actually driving. Not being able to reach the corners when running the bare OS shouldn't be a problem if people are using portable keyboard/mouse combo. Cause let's face it, if you are using the bare OS in your car, you are probably developing something for it to work better and you are going to want a keyboard/mouse. A stylus should be used in this design by default.
I think a flush design would have been better, but I'm sure that was answered somewhere in this monstrous thread.
Its easy to reach the edge of the panel. During calibration in Windows 7, when the crosshairs are at the edge of the panel, touch an area close to the edge, but in a very comfortable easy position to reach. My Windows 7 taskbar minimizes 10/10 times i can touch it to appear. 10/10 times i can make the onscreen keyboard pop up and 10/10 times i can minimize or close a fullscreen window.
04-02-2012, 08:54 PM
04-04-2012, 10:16 AM
I'd love to see this integrated with ByByte's Black Box! Any plans to release the enclosure as a project box?
04-04-2012, 02:45 PM
Sorry for the late reply. Just back from a business trip :)
04-04-2012, 02:48 PM
Originally Posted by sebberry
I'm perhaps not being clear enough :(
Not all Car PC installations allow room for the enclosure. This is why many people take a standard Lilliput screen and take the guts (the LCD, the controller, and the button board) out of the plastic enclosure to mount into their own custom bezel.
The problem with doing this is the controller board has to somehow be mounted to the back of the LCD panel. Either with double-sided tape (not good) or that flimsy Bybyte H-Bracket.
For this to truly be a good Car PC LCD, the controller board needs a way of being securely mounted to the back of the LCD panel. Is there any way to have the LCD panel custom made so that the metal frame holding the LCD and other glass panels together can also have mounting tabs for the controller board?
I can't fit the board behind the screen. If there was an option to "relocate" the board then it would be much better. I used an adapter and zif cables to extend it.
Yes, this is our next project, by making a flip screen, so it can fit to 1-DIN case :)
04-04-2012, 03:00 PM
Originally Posted by sebberry
I hear you. That was one other idea I had. My LCD replaces the lid of a storage bin that flips up. Right now I've custom fabbed the bin's bezel for a fixed LCD mount. I'd love to retain the bin and use the LCD panel as the lid, but I'd also need at least 8", if not 10" of ribbon cable between the LCD and controller board.
Just thinking out loud here - this seems to be a "community designed, ultimate Car PC display". The functionality has been worked out pretty well by the community but I don't see the same sort of thought going into the mounting system. (I know, many here are happy shoving a uATX board loosly into the glove box and calling it a day, I tend to lean more towards OEM quality...)
I think, the major problem for the OEM quality is different case has different bezel.
We will try to figure out a way, maybe by creating a universal thin metal flat bezel with no buttons on it. So it will be easier to mod & combine with your original bezel :)