Everything looks great, i like the camera mount, but i'm not feeling the wifi attenna, get a smaller one, or mount it at a better location.
OPERATION LANCE (Logistically Advanced Networked Car Environment) . . . initiated!
I am an Australian student who has built a Carputer for my Major Design Project in the subject Design and Technology.
As part of the evaluation process I am seeking your feedback and comments on my Carputer project. I believe you guys are the experts in the field of Carputers and your comments, opinions and ideas would be greatly appreciated. Things to consider include function (features), aesthetics (appearance), ergonomics (ease of use), safety, impact on society and the environment, and any other comments you may have.
PLEASE NOTE: All comments are welcome but NO inappropriate talk, swearing, and/or smart remarks, as this will be printed for use in my folio as part of the evaluation process, so it should remain relatively professional.
Below is an overview with pictures of the finished product.
• Fully functional Carputer system with WIFI internet access, GPS navigation, reversing camera, music and multimedia playback, front facing road camera and more
• Dual battery setup
• Components housed on innovative slide out tray that has the benefit of keeping the Carputer and amp safe while simultaneously maximising boot space
• Focus on discrete install that aims to avoid serious modifications to the car (ie. Use of OEM grills for speakers, hidden away slide out tray, screen that uses existing 1 DIN slot
• Intel Atom CPU @ 1.6GHz
• Kingston 2GB RAM
• 200GB 7200RPM 2.5” Seagate Momentous HDD
• MCS Mini ITX case
• M2 ATX power supply
• Globalsat BU-353 GPS receiver
• EBay generic brand reversing camera
• EBay generic brand webcam
• Engenious Tech 200mw WIFI receiver
• 7dbi gain antenna
• Verbatim USB hub
• Xenarc 7” LCD touch screen
• Road Runner frontend
• Windows XP Pro
• Map Monkey GPS software
• Precision Response 5 channel class D amplifier
• Alpine type s splits
• Rear/front sound fader unit
Thanks for your time
Thanks for the comments Punky, its really helpful for my project evaluation.
Hey mate..How you finding that mobo? Im looking at getting the same one. Would you reccomend it?
Maybe you could mount your antenna one the rear parcel shelf at an angle the same as the rear window. That way it wouldn't be as obvious.
Also if this is part of your project, you could list the price and where you bought each item.
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nice setup, what is those cylindrical thing over the motorized screen?
It is very power efficient and in a small form factor (Mini ITX). The integrated sound card puts out alright sound. The integrated graphics worked out of the box with the Xenarc screens default 800 x 600 resolution.
In terms of CPU power it is nothing too special as it is only 1.6GHz but it seems fast enough for the purposes of a carputer. For instance running Windows XP Pro with RoadRunner as the frontend and playing music only uses on average 5 - 10% CPU. Add music visualizations and it jumps to around 35%. RRCam adds about 20 - 25%. But the big killer is Map Monkey GPS which uses about 40 - 60% CPU. When everything is running (excluding visualizations), the CPU sits at about 60 -95%
I believe that this CPU/motherboard is really good value for money and in the future I may be looking to upgrade to the dual core Intel Atoms when they are released for greater processing power.
When I received the Xenarc screen I had a problem with the vertical angle as it wasn't positioned correctly and couldn't be adjusted (this is a design flaw with the Xenarc screens). It allowed too much glare and was unreadable so I came up with the "cylindrical thing" as a solution.
It is a modified ski handle and metal frame that acts to keep the screen at an optimum viewing angle. An important consideration here is that it was installed without drilling any holes or making any modifications to the car.
Yes, mounting the antenna on the rear parcel shelf was taken into consideration but I found optimal signal strength was achieved in its current position. This position for mounting antennas, interestingly enough is also used by unmarked police cars in the NSW Police Force.
I will upload my materials/finance list when I get home as I am writing this reply form my carputer and don't have the file here!
For anyone that is considering building a Carputer, please find attached my materials list for computer hardware and accessories that was used in the construction of LANCE, my D&T project. The majority of it comes from Australian sources and ebay. Please also consider commenting on my project as I need as many points of evaluation as possible. Hopefully this will help some of you out there! Enjoy!