Qube Volume Knob
Summary: In case some of you are not aware, I've been working on an IO controller that is similar to a Phidgets interface. It is USB controlled and made specifically for automotive use.
I've already created the product and it is for sale, though I would like to create some more "modules" that people want but haven't been able to get so far!
The number one thing I have in mind is a volume knob. Just a simple rotary encoder (a knob that keeps turning) attached to the Qube. Unfortunately I don't have the funding to produce it myself quite yet and I know it would be a hit.
The Qube is awaiting a forum review and then it should be available on the MP3Car.com store for a discounted price.
What I need the money for: Since I can't afford to produce these modules myself, if I got the grant, I would purchase the electronic circuit boards and the assembly services to make 40 knobs. They would be designed to interface with the Qube, but with a couple wire cuts, they could interface to any device you want (yes, even the Fusion Brain or Phidgets).
What you get out of it: Since I would be asking for money for this product from the MP3Car community, I would like to give back to it! If I get this grant, I will have these modules produced within a month. I do not want to make any money off of this, just a little popularity, SO I would be giving them away for free to anyone who purchases a Qube, or to people who make a specific request.
Why would I do that: Right now, I just need a bit of popularity for my product. The reason I created the thing in the first place is because other interfaces (not mentioning any names) don't provide the feel that you need for a car interface. Looking down at the screen is a huge pain in the *** when you're driving, especially to turn down your volume when you receive a phone call! How many times have you wished you could have something like this:
Conclusion: If I get this grant, everyone benefits. Anyone who has ever wished for a volume knob beside their touchscreen will finally get their wish. I already have the software and a working prototype so it is tested and working already. You could also configure custom actions via the Qube software if you wanted.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me or post in this thread!
A prototype volume knob (with click functionality for easy muting or adjusting treble/bass)
The Qube controller (that you would potentially connect the volume knob to)
I just got an email from Seeed Studio (yeah, there's three "e"s in there) after I emailed them a complaint about their increased prices for PCBs. They offered me a $40 refund if I order the PCBs from them within a month. If I get this grant this month, I can have the PCBs produced and using parts that I have on hand, I can have a few of them ready within say 2 weeks after receiving money!
Any suggestions or opinions? Feel free to post them!
i like the idea of volume knobs usable for a carputer, but to be honest, i'm not trying to knock your project, but surely you can just make your own volume knob from a mouse like this guy?
carputer's are all about DIY, so if you want a volume button you build it yourself? it's not hard; i did it myself just out of curiousity and i'm useless at DIY (to be honest). however, i can see that some people only want to simply install and use easily, and this could be useful to those people.
P.S, well done with the work on transmission!
Thanks for the feedback! The answer is YES, you absolutely could make your own out of an old mouse. The simple fact is that not everyone wants to go through that much DIY work when pre-made solutions are available.
Originally Posted by still_ill
It is still very DIY in the sense that you need to make space and holes and whatnot, but not a lot of people are very good with electronics or software, and many are not willing to go through the trouble of using their skills when there are professional solutions for cheap.
I think this is one of the main reasons that most people do not have volume knobs in their cars, although it seems relatively simple to make one out of a mouse!
If you have any more feedback, let me know!
on your website, it says the 'qube' can be easily programmed to do simple tasks with out the computer, could you give some examples please?
That feature will not be available until the next firmware release which has no anticipated date yet.
Originally Posted by still_ill
But what I mean is that there will be a list of "commands":
- set a node direction (input/output)
- set a node level (high/low)
- create a timer
- send a serial string
- start PWM on a node
- latch a node
- etc, etc, etc
And you can set these commands to be "triggered" by events:
- analog reading
- input level change
- incoming serial command
- etc, etc, etc
There should be no need to code anything since it should all be drag and drop. The user should be given up to 16 unique "actions" which are series of commands. These actions can be executed on any event above.
It's a great concept that requires no programming, but it will be difficult to integrate and I don't have full time to code right now.
I came up with a PCB drawing for the rotary encoder module.
The design is very slim as to fit beside an LCD screen in a console area. It also comes with screw holes to mount it anywhere else you would see fit, though the nut on the rotary encoder should hold the module in place anyway.