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Thread: Mp3Car's Sean Clark on 'Why Tablets?'

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    I must admit I am torn between tablet and tablet.. I can go either way so to speak..
    I am currently typing this on a 12" tablet, with a keyboard and a multi touch screen and a pen/digitiser.
    It is currently more powerful than my desktop and if I have my media bay dvd drive out and put my second battery in it lasts for 7 hours

    Yeah it isn't quite as light and portable as an android tablet but it is a heck of a lot more powerful and flexible!!
    I personally just look at the context as to which is being described.. It would be good to see a newer batch of traditional tablets come out to compete with the android style tablet.

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    Just figured I'd throw this out there, but with my proposed solution, you could use ANY tablet in existence... User preference... Every software ecosystem has some sort of VNC-like client, and a server that can be installed on another machine. Hell you might be able to do raw RDP--I know you can on iOS and Android. I am not sure if RDP can handle HD video playback, but there are other solutions that can. Personally I'd probably just play the HD video straight off the tablet, accessing my CarPCs' HDD over the network. For anything other than that, I'd use the CarPC.

    I am hoping to have this come together in the next month. I'll have to start a thread for you guys.

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    Cool stuff.

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    hey scrapmaker, have you actually tried running a pc on an android tablet through vnc? I played with this a bit even before on my phone too. it's really cool to see a whole pc desktop on your phone or tablet and be able to control it too, but it's not really the same as actually having a screen straight to the desktop. the mouse emulation makes it not work well enough that you can just use it as easily as just touching the screen, at least with the programs I've tried, but I've only tried it with stuff like gotomypc and logmein & other web based vnc's. I'm curious as to what you have in mind and if it would work more seamless. probably best to start a thread for your setup when you're ready. the only thing is, this is really about the same as a full blown carpc at that point anyway, just as complicated if not even more so, just using the tablet as a screen instead of using a screen. even so, if it works seemlessly then I would want to do it, just never found a way for it to work well enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by optikalefx View Post

    So we should embrace this, we should respect this, and we should innovate around this. The future of this forum lives within us to stay on top of what kind of tech people want in their cars.

    so in respecting this & embracing it, what does an average android tablet install need to make it better?

    we've already talked about how easy it is for the average guy to mount a tablet in at least a useful way, just getting it to work and how popular this has become, so what are the problems that remain and what can be innovated around this? more importantly who can do this?

    as far as development goes, one of the drawbacks to the "easyness" of an android tablet is that it attracts the more average joe because it's easy, but the average joe most likely is not the kind of guy that can program applications either. the more conventional carpc community naturally attracts some real computer geeks who just happen to be programmers in there day job, so building some little app for a carpc is a fun hobby, the community is completely driven by the collaboration of many of these supergeeks right here on mp3car, hence much of mp3cars software & hardware integration, skinning & more developed here over the years.

    what we need to develop this platform is more android developers to start to approach better integration. how do you attract more android developers? what would attract more android development?

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