Looks like a Nintendo DS had sex with a Speak n Spell.. but that could probably be just me.
Wondering what people think about the Pandora as a car pc?
They are going to start shipping soon.
They couldn't even take a picture of the device in focus. Depth of field is very short, keyboard, screen, almost everything is out of focus but one side of the bezel...they should have used a something like f16 for aperture...
I thought for a minute that Pandora, the internet radio station, was launching this.
Pros: extremely hackable, runs Linux.
Cons: screen is too small.
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not just the screen...the entire thing is too small. A 43 button keyboard is that a joke?
The chipset is a little outdated at this point (~ a 3 year old cell phone) but overall pretty well featured. Just that screen rules it out as a carPC candidate.
It does have TV-out and a usb port, so you could connect an external LCD touchscreen. It also has 4 DIO ports and PWM ports, so it also has features of a fusion brain built in. Also, it uses just a few watts, so it could potentionally stay powered on for 24 hours without fully killing the car battery.
However, I am sure the audio chipset would sound crappy in the car. Also, for that price and feature set, might be better to go with a fit PC, which has more power, more ports and options and close to the same size.
Just by lokking at my current set up, the pandora just wouldn't cut it. I has some nice features, but will certainly be limited on the amount of add-ons it can handle. Plus, its 2010, and the specs on that thing are low compared to what I have now, so I know it would be far too slow for me once I added a few programs and hardware components.
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