G35 coupe - Vaio UX390N UMPC
So, this is the result of reading this forum and not being able to ignore all the cool projects that are showed off here constantly.
I've worked on cars for some time now and I decided fully integrating a PC into one of my cars was a cool idea. I came up with the following list of requirements:
- software is not quite there yet, so it couldn't be the primary stereo/navigation
- had 3 break-in attempts with one of my other cars when I used to park on the street so it needed to be removable.
- all controls would be located on the unit itself, no messy external keyboards, mice..etc.
- easy to reverse the installation in case I decided to go another way in the future.
This is what I came up with:
- Vaio UX390N
- External 500GB USB hard disk with shock sensor
- USB sound card
- USB OBD interface (USB powered so it doesn't drain the battery)
- Plug and play interfaces with the OEM nav/stereo
- USB "squid" so you can charge/connect a variety of USB devices (located under the arm rest)
In essence, the UX has everything a car computer needs:
- SSD for fast boot times and vibration resistance
- Wifi, bluetooth and WWAN (I have this set up with tmobile)
- Built in keyboard, touch screen and mouse knob.
- Battery so it can run independently from the car
I modified the cup holder (still have holders on the door) to fit the base that comes with the UX that has a bunch of expansion ports. I plugged in a USB hub into the base so the cables would not be visible and added a USB sound card, USB OBDPROS OBD interface, and a 500GB hard disk with a shock sensor to hold media. No wires were harmed, tapped or spliced in the making of this mod. The UX connects to the car's headunit and nav unit via plug and play interfaces that use the stock wiring harness. All components are located under the center console and are tied down/isolated to make sure there is no additional noise coming from them. Power is provided by an iGo adapter that connects to the 12V outlet under the arm rest.
I have to say that I am loving this mod so far. The only issues I am having for now are with centrafuse, which still has a long way to go before it is where I would like it to be.
I hope you guys like it...I know the bar around here is pretty high
Hey I like it! I just finished the install in my non-nav G. The UX packs a lot in a small package and I like how you have it mounted. You probably don't need to look down at the screen much once you get used to where the buttons are.
Yeah I prefer to have it closer to me so I don't have to stretch to reach the screen. Most of the time all you do is change songs anyway which is just 1 button to press. Anything else you can't really do while the car is moving.
I like your setup as well. Very clean and well hidden. Now all you have to do is motorize that display so it goes up and down like the stock one
i like the hole idea but i dont like your choice of words
I agree, still a lot of tones missing especially in the background & on the waterfalls... I'll make sure to complete a project next time.
Cool design but image looks very flat form the render would look cool if the mountains in the background where blurred and at a darker tone
Nice setup! What ODBII tool are you using? I have the ElmScan 5 Bluetooth and I can't get it to work (using Bluetooth or serial) with my 05' G35.
Originally Posted by megacrazy
great job with the install! Quite innovating with the two screens (for me at least). Does the sony laptop output/mirror its display to the stock navi screen? If so, would you mind explaining how?
I am having problems finding a setup that will work for him that is low key and wont modify the dash too much
I am using the OBD Pros tool...the one that is completely powered from USB so I don't have to deal with battery drains. It's been working great so far.
In terms of mirroring the screen it's certainly possible. You need an interface designed for that car though. You can get NavTv for the G35 for example, to output video to the OEM nav screen. You can also get other interfaces that allow auxiliary sound input...do a search for PAC adapters for your car.
Using these adapters is great because it's all plug and play basically.
So your using this? ... http://www.obdpros.com/product_info.php?products_id=133
Originally Posted by megacrazy
And your saying that if I leave the OBDPro tool connected to the OBDII port... if the car is off the tool is not powered, because it's powered off of the USB bus?
That's right. You have to mention that you want the one that turns off completely though. They have 2 different versions and will not ship the USB powered one unless you ask for it.
Originally Posted by JWise1203
Get the 90 degree connector as well