My first CarPC in my Subaru Legacy (Estate) - With LED sign!
Hi everyone; I'm new here.
I think my Car PC project is ready enough that I feel confident showing it off on this site. Try not to chew me out too much; it's my first one!
Probably the best way to introduce it is to link to this video I made, which I've uploaded to YouTube:
(Make sure you hit 'watch in high quality').
Here's a photo of the installation in the rear of my car, underneath the cargo panel above the spare tire:
There's a ton more photos, information, and stuff on my site:
- I'm using the Xenarc MDT-X7000, and I've got:
- Voice Control
- GPS Nav
- Traffic cameras & verbal traffic reports
- Speed Controlled Volume
- Music management & playlist synchronization with my home
- Reverse camera (w/ reverse gear integration)
- LED message sign
You guys are veterans, so I'll try to preemptively answer some of the more obvious questions I'm sure to get:
Anyway, the car PC works very well for me. I've put a lot of time and effort into it and am very happy with how it's turned out.
- Why are you using a laptop?
Choosing a laptop has introduced some unique problems, but I did it because it's an integrated device that's designed to be shaken about, manhandled, etc. It's also got a battery built-in. I've done almost 4000 km with this CarPC and the laptop has not missed a beat.
- What's up with the Linksys router?
It may sound totally retarded, but the only thing the router does right now is send a Wake-On-Lan packet to turn on the laptop. It was the cheapest ($30) way I could come up with to have the laptop power on when the car does. (Think about it -- can you think of a better way?)
- Is that LED sign legal?
It is in Ontario! You'll have to check the regulations in your state or province. Ontario allows "intermittent" Amber lights facing the rear.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments!