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    Car Data Logging, the right way.... I hope.

    I have been looking at this whole forum in general for awhile now, getting subtle ideas and such but really nothing that was being done peaked my interest, until I read this (the one I am posting on) topic. I feel as though this has already been brought up once before, but with the negative connotation of having it work for law enforcement, however I do this for the fact that I know that it will, in implementation & application, be worth while and keep the driver of the implemented car safe and knowledgeable to what is going on around him/her either with auditory or visual cues

    Required Hardware:
    1x Car ('92 Honda Civic DX) [Duh... Purchased]
    1x Car PC (Voom PC2) [Already purchased]
    1x Xenarc MDT-X7000 [Already purchased & Regretting it]
    ???x Quick Release Power cable, USB Cables, A/V Cables, generic electrical wiring & electrical tape
    1x Quick Remove PC Mounting Bracket [Needs to be Fabricated]
    4x Aerodynamic Camera Roof Mounts [Needs to be Fabricated]
    1x Fusion Brain Version 4.0
    2x Ultrasonic Distance Sensor
    4x COM-105
    1x GlobalSat BU 353
    1x MyFi Modem
    1x Belkin Wireless USB Adapter [Purchased]
    1x 500GB Verbatim Drive [Purchased]
    1x 3M Micro Projector (for later displaying of primary information on windshield)

    Software Necessary:
    Google Earth
    Custom Programming to link all software related to either media portal, ride runner, or both. Hopefully both.

    Target Features:

    1) To Take pictures of any road trip done by me at intervals of every 1 ~ 3 seconds, with a snapshot of GPS location (Long & Latt)
    2) Calculating speed, direction, and time of trip, as well as giving a slideshow of pictures to go along with the track of the path.
    3) each 30 sec section of the trip will also output speed, and give a simulated 360 degree view of what was around my car at the time.
    4) Distance sensors (sonar), to determine if I need to slow down, or speed up (if I am getting too close to the car behind me, as well as allow me to tell the speed of the cars infront and behind me compared to my own speed, to either match (for coasting & drafting abilities), or to change (in case I am speeding and not noticing this.)
    5) Output my location to my friends and family so they will never call me while I am driving to ask, "Where are you? What are you doing?"
    6) To create a system that if my car gets stolen, I will already have its location tracked right on my screen of my PC/Phone, for finding purposes.
    7) So I dont lose my car in very large, dark parking lots, (like at work.)
    8) Allow me to communicate, (through a central server) to other cars with this same system and setup, allowing me to see (virtually) through their eyes, inform of updates, and inform of stop overs without having to pick up my phone, dial a number and wait for them to answer (if my friends may at all while driving.)
    9) Defeat Speeding, Tailgating, swerving, road raging tickets, easily with data logged and not controllable at the time of capture.
    10) Finally something that will give the wow factor initially and then continuously give the purpose factor for friends and family.

    More things may surface later, but these are just the basics, yes, a lot of this will actually be available in the 2012 vehicles, but hey, isnt this forum all about retrofitting cars with PC's when they werent ment to have one in the first place?

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    Is this what you are asking for as a grant, for your project?
    Also - Are you living in the US?

    1x Fusion Brain Version 4.0
    2x Ultrasonic Distance Sensor
    4x COM-105
    1x GlobalSat BU 353

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    Essentially yes, More so the 4 camera's, trying to make it work out, if youd like a design of how I plan on implementing it so be it, I can provide them. I am sorry for not being so specific as to my request, and yes, I live in the US.

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    Just to make it easier, list exactly what you would like as a grant. I've alerted the mods to your application.

    thanks!

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    and also if you can answer the main question for grants....what benefits will this project bring to the community?

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    I really like the scope and purpose of this project, but I think you're biting off a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge chunk. Best of luck to you, should you go forward with this.

    I would also recommend 1 roof mount that has 4 keyholes for the cameras.

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    Just to start this project I would like to be granted just the following items
    2x Ultrasonic Distance Sensor
    2x or 4x COM-105

    To show you how it really will appear (invisibly) I have sketched the angles and ranges of the two items itself. Really that is the major part of it all. As for jr4284's comment, I am not doing this alone, I have the help and support of my friends, family, co-workers, and of course this forum if I end up needing answers for things I cant understand.

    The Benefits:
    1) The knowledge of safety in mind, if a person is following too closely behind you, some sort of auditory cue can me sounded, if you however are following too closely to someone else, then inside of your car you are alerted auditory and/or visually

    2) The peace of mind of those who care about the driver, knowing your location when its necessary, so that you can be found at all times.

    3) If in the case of GTA, you can aid the police in finding your vehicle
    More to come...


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    By "benefit to the community", I think the question was more "are you going to be releasing source and/or binaries that would be useful for others?" or "what sort of hardware designs will you create that are new, that you can publish for the community to enjoy?"... something like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunkyks View Post
    By "benefit to the community", I think the question was more "are you going to be releasing source and/or binaries that would be useful for others?" or "what sort of hardware designs will you create that are new, that you can publish for the community to enjoy?"... something like that

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    Ah, I had totally forgotten about that, Well, Yes. I would be releasing the code for this. Would I be creating anything new? Hmm... probably, but alot of the technology is already there. I hope that doesnt exclude me from this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kariou View Post
    Ah, I had totally forgotten about that, Well, Yes. I would be releasing the code for this. Would I be creating anything new? Hmm... probably, but alot of the technology is already there. I hope that doesnt exclude me from this.
    Well the goal of an innovation grant is to foster "innovation"....create something new that benefits the community. Thats the reason we have to ask these types of questions when looking at submissions.

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