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    Integration question

    I am gathering some information to set up my car computer, but I had some general questions.

    Is it possible to integrate your ac system and radio controls into a touch screen? I also want to be able to load a windoze os to run as well as or with the interface system/program or whatever that would be. Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amilliron View Post
    I am gathering some information to set up my car computer, but I had some general questions.

    Is it possible to integrate your ac system and radio controls into a touch screen? I also want to be able to load a windoze os to run as well as or with the interface system/program or whatever that would be. Thanks!!
    There are threads on this and their conclusion is "Yes." It may require lots of work on your part depending the degree of mechanical to electrical your AC knobs use.



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    Thanks!!

    I'm looking around for more information, but I'm not quite familiar with the lingo yet and so find it difficult to explain exactly what I want or what it is called - but I am making progress!! Thanks for your info!

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    Search on terms "Phidgets" or "relay board". Take a look at 2K1Toaster's fusion relay board. Look up user Maestro, he's got a long running thread on A/C controls.

    Basically, you'll need a way to convert a click of a computer button or control movement into mechanical motion. If your controls are electro-mechanical (that is, switches) then you can use relays to simulate their operation. If they are vacuum or mechanical, you'll probably have to add servos to mimic the motion and figure out how to control them from the computer.

    This isn't all that difficult, but you'll probably have to code some of the software yourself and it will take a lot of experimentation.
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    Thanks BugByte!!


    Sounds like a lotta fun in either case!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amilliron View Post
    Thanks BugByte!!


    Sounds like a lotta fun in either case!!
    Fun is a good word.

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