In the words of McDonald's "I'm Lovin It!"
Traditionally setting up a carPC was not for the faint of heart. After all of the hardware selection, configuration and installation...software would be another frustrating hurdle. Some FE's required editing config files, tweaking dlls, installing external apps, while others require extensive searching of the user forums just to get things up and running.
Enter the openMobile experience...
You can now have an installed and fully functional front end in about 60 seconds. Not only does the front end configure itself, but should you have any questions or problems theres 1 place you can go for all of your answers (no forum searching required). It even gives new users a step by step installation guide to get up and running.
With OM 0.9 we plan to take things one step further...building on an existing easy to configure platform by making it even easier for new users to figure out exactly which components they need to achieve their "ideal front end". This new experience is known as the openMobile front end builder.
A single simple installation wizard selects the required skins and plugins and automatically downloads and installs them based on the users needs. Dependency tracking and conflict resolution are built in which allows this wizard to work with skins and plugins that haven't even been conceived at design time.
Impressive. Nice work.
My Nearly Complete Car:
Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
Great idea guys, nice tidy looking package!
If you then swap your hardware later on (Say, you pull the HD radio, install a DAB radio, and add an XM radio just to stay in the loop), would you just run the front end builder again, and tick / untick the boxes as required? Or would you have a reconfigure option inside OM to handle changes after installation?
That's great, it helps keep the user inside OM, rather than having to drop back to the OS to make changes.