ArchLinux CarPC with XBMC-Frontend
a friend and me started a carpc-project some time ago which is still up&running :) We tried a new approach using a medie-center as software frontend and customized an existing theme to also serve touchscreen gestures. XBMC (http://www.xbmc.org) already has strong media playback capabilities, so our focus is now on extending it with several different features such as hands-free software, navigation system and advanced interface features for configuring WiFi- and Bluetooth-devices.
The main advantage in using this kind of Linux-setup is, that free software is extremely configurable and extendable. Furthermore our software is really fast and good documented, have a look ;)
Link: http://www.project-insanity.org/2011...xbmc-frontend/ Unfortunately the documentation is in German but it might be useful (even with Google Translate?!).
Any kind of feedback appreciated :)
Been on XBMC for a few years
I've been running XBMC as my HTPC system for a few years now and as my carpc for 2 years. I'm surprised there aren't more people doing this and I keep expecting integrated navit, handsfree calling, and voice recognition apps popping up. It runs on every OS and the music playback has a great 10' interface although I would love to see a theme with a better driving interface. Haven't found an easy way to rate songs while driving. I'm currently running it on an old G4 iBook but have had a linux based atom machine in the works for about a year, just haven't had the time to get it set up just right. On the mac I used 2 Griffin powermates as well as a touch screen for control and will be integrating steering wheel controls in my next build. I also would love to replace my screen with a capacitive touch, I'm looking at having a custom built controller made for a 7" tablet 'replacement' screen. If it works then it would be cheaper than the one I'm using now. With XBMC and some clever applescripts to integrate handsfree, navigation and voice control I have a pretty decent setup but I'm going to lose some of that switching to linux. I would love to see carpc guru's go nuts on some XBMC plugins. My biggest issue now is getting the powermates to play nicely with linux the way I want them to and to find some sort of handsfree integration for XBMC. I would love to keep this thread going with ideas/solutions for control, handsfree and voice control. Currently I'm using unity to switch between navit and XBMC but I would love to see navit integrated into XBMC and get rid of unity altogether, or only load it up when I need to administer things. While I'm dreaming, I would like an interface for HD radio and a radar detector and maybe instead of navit, something more like Waze, ooh and a remote car start option, maybe garage door opener and a ODBC interface for my Kiwi device both for tweaking the engine and showing boost gauge etc. Okay, I'm done I think. Any developers wanna jump on this?