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    Question Double DIN with Touchscreen and Android

    Hi,

    I've never attempted anything in the way of a car PC before (and from what I've read using Android isn't going to be a true PC anyway for the true enthusiasts!) but I'm just hoping someone can guide me in the right direction if I show what I want to achieve.

    The main goal I have is to have a Touchscreen Double Din unit linked to an Android device so that I can run the Torque app with a forward facing camera for track days. So, I have a few questions:

    • I assume I will need one of the Lilliput monitors, but which one and do they come with a Double DIN caddy or do I have to get this separately?
    • How do I connect an Android device to the monitor so that I will be able to use the touchscreen aspect of the screen? Can I get a HDMI Android device like the MK802 and use the HDMI port, or if not then what do I need to do?
    • How would I connect a camera up so that Android can use it in the Torque app?

    Sorry for what may seem like simple questions but I'm a little out of my depth here!

    Thanks,
    Frank

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    If you don't mind having the choice between Linux or Android there is a brand new system available based on a Freescale ARM by boundry devices. This may take some technical expertise to get some things running on it. If you decide to use Linux you may have to recompile things you want to use for it. If you are building it yourself you need a case such as the ByByte case available online here.

    If you purchase one of these:
    $199
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/...lite-imx6-sbc/

    And add either of these screens:
    $179 resistive
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/7-800x480-display/
    $225 Capacitive multitouch
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_1024x600/

    You can then add one of these cameras:
    $75 5mp
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_5mp/
    (USB web cams have also been known to work as well. Just have to do your homework.)

    For storage they come with 2 microSD slots. One will have your OS on it and the other will be available for storage.
    If you really need storage then you want one of these connectors so you can add a SATA drive.
    $12
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_sata/

    Or you could add a PCIe board with this add on:
    (PCIe can do MANY things.. This is a laptop/netbook internal expansion port that most laptops now use for wireless network and bluetooth)
    $49
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_pcie/

    If you want to add buttons to it for use with android or something you can get one of these:
    $30
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_android/

    The cool thing with this is it is a quad core ARM cortex 9 running 1ghz with 1gig of ram. If you add any of the devices mentioned above they will work great with the Linux or Android versions available. This unit is quite fast and you could do much more with it. But you can't be afraid of recompiling code to work on this since it is a more specialized device than using a well known tablet. This setup is what I am building for both my truck and my car although I will be mounting the screen in the dash and mounting the rest somewhere else.

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    I would reccommend the Pioneer Appradio2 (SPH-DA100: as low as $300 on amazon) and use the ARLiberator Android app ($30 on google play). Basically allows full control of your Android phone on the 7" screen. You can either buy the Pioneer Android cable kit (MHL adpapter, HDMI cable, 5V charger) which is as low as $59 on Amazon or you can buy the cables from other sources for less.

    Don't be afraid of the poor reviews which mainly pertain to the Pioneers poor Android App. If you use the ARLiberator app you don't need to use Pioneers app at all. ARLIberator does require root access and you'll need to make sure your phone is supported by Pioneer. Look at the compatible device list here:

    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...+2+(SPH-DA100)

    ARLiberator forum is at: appradioforums.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by redheadedrod View Post
    If you don't mind having the choice between Linux or Android there is a brand new system available based on a Freescale ARM by boundry devices. This may take some technical expertise to get some things running on it. If you decide to use Linux you may have to recompile things you want to use for it. If you are building it yourself you need a case such as the ByByte case available online here.

    If you purchase one of these:
    $199
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/...lite-imx6-sbc/

    And add either of these screens:
    $179 resistive
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/7-800x480-display/
    $225 Capacitive multitouch
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_1024x600/

    You can then add one of these cameras:
    $75 5mp
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_5mp/
    (USB web cams have also been known to work as well. Just have to do your homework.)

    For storage they come with 2 microSD slots. One will have your OS on it and the other will be available for storage.
    If you really need storage then you want one of these connectors so you can add a SATA drive.
    $12
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_sata/

    Or you could add a PCIe board with this add on:
    (PCIe can do MANY things.. This is a laptop/netbook internal expansion port that most laptops now use for wireless network and bluetooth)
    $49
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_pcie/

    If you want to add buttons to it for use with android or something you can get one of these:
    $30
    http://boundarydevices.com/products/nit6x_android/

    The cool thing with this is it is a quad core ARM cortex 9 running 1ghz with 1gig of ram. If you add any of the devices mentioned above they will work great with the Linux or Android versions available. This unit is quite fast and you could do much more with it. But you can't be afraid of recompiling code to work on this since it is a more specialized device than using a well known tablet. This setup is what I am building for both my truck and my car although I will be mounting the screen in the dash and mounting the rest somewhere else.
    Thank you for your reply.

    I'm not bothered about the Linux OS, it's only Android I need so does that make a difference on what you would recommend? Also you mention about recompiling etc, do I need to do any of that if I want an Android only device as I was hoping it was a bit more plug and play than that as I will struggle otherwise!

    Thanks,
    Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBJUSTIN View Post
    I would reccommend the Pioneer Appradio2 (SPH-DA100: as low as $300 on amazon) and use the ARLiberator Android app ($30 on google play). Basically allows full control of your Android phone on the 7" screen. You can either buy the Pioneer Android cable kit (MHL adpapter, HDMI cable, 5V charger) which is as low as $59 on Amazon or you can buy the cables from other sources for less.

    Don't be afraid of the poor reviews which mainly pertain to the Pioneers poor Android App. If you use the ARLiberator app you don't need to use Pioneers app at all. ARLIberator does require root access and you'll need to make sure your phone is supported by Pioneer. Look at the compatible device list here:

    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PU...+2+(SPH-DA100)

    ARLiberator forum is at: appradioforums.com
    Thanks for the option, however I don't have an Android phone which is why I wanted an Android device as a car computer so unfortunately this won't work for me.

    Thanks,
    Frank

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