Need input on idea for Project
-Christmas is coming up soon, well kind of. So it's that time of year again to plan ahead and think about goodies and such to pickup for the holiday season. So my old man comes to me to inform me about his AMEX Reward points he's got stocked up. So I'm like, perfect time to get some stuff for this project that I've been thinking about.
-This summer I'm waiting to get a BMW 318ti. I want to keep it looking stock, so I don't get that ricer feeling. I want it to be luxury, tricked out, but with class.
-So I've come across a headunit/screen on Crutchfield (which is also available through AMEX rewards) that does just about everything I'm looking for. It is the Dual XDVD8181. Features DVD playing, MP3 playing, MP3 Player Input, rear view camera, video out/in.
-One thing that it lacks is GPS. However before this driving around my parent's cars, I've had the benefit of my laptop with a GPS dongle and software. So now it strikes me to make a carputer, place it in the trunk and use a wireless kb/mouse to control the computer (because the touchscreen is useless without any kind of drivers or connection to and from the computer).
With the wireless KB/Mouse setup they could easily be stowed either underneath the passenger seat or if it's small enough, in the glove compartment (im not 100% sure what kind of spacing im dealing with)
So really what I'm asking is for your opinion. I lack the foresight needed for this project to predict any problems that will show up. I'm confident enough that I can make everything work. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about starting and shutting down the PC.
-For those of you who own UPS Backup batteries, you know that when the power source has shut off, there is software on the computer to shut down the PC, is there an inverter out there that can do the same for CarPC's? Worst case scenario is to wire up a momentary switch to my dash or center console and just manually turn off and on the computer. Long term storage I'll disconnect the battery so the inverter doesn't drain it.
So if you guys have any particular gripes about the headunit where I definately shouldn't get it, even if it's free (because I could always get like an 80 gig iPod or something.. even though I have an iPod already.) Or a Wireless Keyboard/Mouse to recommend. I'm all ears and appreciate you guys for reading this long and tedious post. This isn't my first time being apart of a forum, and I'm hardly a noob in most fields, but Car video/audio is a new scene for me, so bear with me :) Appreciate the help guys (and girls :))