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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadedrod View Post
    Sounds like a good match for the screen mentioned elsewhere on this site where the guy had a touch screen matched with a 3d printed bezel and buttons with volume control.

    I am hoping to get up to speed on the OM front end and get it ported to work under Linux. If I do that then getting it to work under Android can't be far behind... Although will require obtaining a $400 license and some restructuring of the software...
    The absolute biggest question I have upon completion of the install is managing the apps within Android. Obviously there's no front end available aside from the car dashboard type applications, but I need a solution that's not going to solely depend on clicking the Android softkeys to switch apps.
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    I too saw the ODROID a few months ago and thought of making it a car computer. The hardware looks great. Here is a link to the compatible touch screen. And another link to a guy doing a car computer with the ODROID and that screen
    The big challenge is that there isn't a good front end.
    I'm a programmer, and had started on something, but never really got very far. It is something that uses skin files, but I ran into problems with memory and image files. As for radio support, I have a microcontroller that I'm trying to get talking to a directed hd radio. That microcontroller (an mbed from www.mbed.org) has both usb and ethernet that I can use to control it. No luck yet, but I haven't had a lot of time....

    I'm looking forward to where this goes....

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    I'm going to follow this with interest. Looks like a nice little board. Should be fascinating to see your adventures with Android and 21 USB devices.

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    Interested in this as well. I already had cut up my dash trim to install an Acer A100 on there, but the darn thing decided to crap out, so for the time being I put in an old Atom MB and threw windows 7 on it. I was thinking of getting a pandaboard sometime ago to mess around with, but I like this chipset much better... and the price as well.

    My main concern now is whether my current touchscreen will work. I've tried android x-86 on my touchscreen netbook and it works fine, so I hope most touchscreens work out the box with these android builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    The absolute biggest question I have upon completion of the install is managing the apps within Android. Obviously there's no front end available aside from the car dashboard type applications, but I need a solution that's not going to solely depend on clicking the Android softkeys to switch apps.
    most android bluetooth keyboards (motorola, logitech, even generic ones) have several dedicated buttons for multimedia as well as homescreen, back, context-menu, volume, browser, main, chat, etc... just hack up one of those and use your own custom switch-panel to active those keys. same concept as has been done with the dell multimedia keyboards for car-pc's by a bunch of people. or you could use an Arduino or other microcontroller with a bluetooth shield to send those same keystrokes if you are an electronics kinda guy. here is a list of all the possible hardware keys/buttons that android can respond too, different keyboards/devices may have different ones: http://developer.android.com/referen.../KeyEvent.html

    another approach would be hacking up an android bluetooth game controller, then using an app like Tasker to program what the different buttons actually do.

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    I mentioned on another thread i found an interesting software piece that could mean getting OM working under android with some likely reworking of some of the code. Should be an interesting summer project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masr1979 View Post
    Interested in this as well. I already had cut up my dash trim to install an Acer A100 on there, but the darn thing decided to crap out, so for the time being I put in an old Atom MB and threw windows 7 on it. I was thinking of getting a pandaboard sometime ago to mess around with, but I like this chipset much better... and the price as well.

    My main concern now is whether my current touchscreen will work. I've tried android x-86 on my touchscreen netbook and it works fine, so I hope most touchscreens work out the box with these android builds.
    Without giving too much away at this point the touchscreen has been the most problematic issue so far. Hoping to resolve it tonight. The clicks work but the axis is wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by theksmith View Post
    most android bluetooth keyboards (motorola, logitech, even generic ones) have several dedicated buttons for multimedia as well as homescreen, back, context-menu, volume, browser, main, chat, etc... just hack up one of those and use your own custom switch-panel to active those keys. same concept as has been done with the dell multimedia keyboards for car-pc's by a bunch of people. or you could use an Arduino or other microcontroller with a bluetooth shield to send those same keystrokes if you are an electronics kinda guy. here is a list of all the possible hardware keys/buttons that android can respond too, different keyboards/devices may have different ones: http://developer.android.com/referen.../KeyEvent.html

    another approach would be hacking up an android bluetooth game controller, then using an app like Tasker to program what the different buttons actually do.
    I meant more along the lines of a software solution. I'm not trying to incorporate any more hardware input devices. In fact I'm going to ditch my thumb keyboard and Bluetooth keyboard if at all possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    Without giving too much away at this point the touchscreen has been the most problematic issue so far. Hoping to resolve it tonight. The clicks work but the axis is wrong...
    Ah, I see. I've initially had this problem on some linux distros, remember I had it while messing around with Linux ICE, so it's no surprise it happens in Android.

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