Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 23

Thread: Joggler Car Computer Project - 2009 Mazda MX-5

  1. #11
    Constant Bitrate
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    India
    Posts
    213
    Thanks SM! I somehow missed to see the company mentioned in the subsequent replies..

  2. #12
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Somerset, UK
    Posts
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Monkey View Post
    any chance of a video of your UI?
    I'm sure I can sort one out this weekend if you'd like - but there isn't much to see beyond the photo/screenshot.

    The right-hand list of albums scrolls up and down (the Chrome touch-scroll plugin provides momentum scrolling). There's currently no other animation or effects on the interface.

    I did write the code to show a progress bar indicating the playhead position (which was surprisingly simple with jQuery and the HTML5 audio functions), but I decided there was no need to have one on the interface.

    At the moment I'm attempting to find out why Chrome on Ubuntu keeps crashing; before I start adding any new functionality or effects.

  3. #13
    Newbie desidriver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    15
    I am also working on the S-Class Night Vision camera on my car too. Do u have any good ideas you would like to share. I looking for a 12Volt 30-infrared LED camera on ebay and i dont know if i should buy it

  4. #14
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Somerset, UK
    Posts
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by desidriver View Post
    I am also working on the S-Class Night Vision camera on my car too. Do u have any good ideas you would like to share.
    I haven't put too much thought into this functionality yet - I have no idea if it would be possible to create an effective system without spending £150+ on basic image intensification gear.

    A £10 'night vision' web cam typically has a small number of IR LEDs and can see a few meters ahead. I've used one before as a bird box camera.

    A supplementary high-power LED array might emit enough light for a more usable distance, but experiments would be in order to find out. That's where the fun lies!

    I've seen a number of IR LED rings on Deal Extreme and similar sites. In combination with a cheap web or video camera, these might be a good way to start - rather than spending a lot on a camera with integrated IR LEDs.

  5. #15
    Constant Bitrate BADMOPAR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Sokolov, Czech Republic
    Posts
    114
    Tomorrow I will buy D Link powered USB hub and after it I was considering to buy Carnetix CNX-P5V 15 Watt +5V Regulator, but those DC/DC regulators you are using I like much more. Let me ask you one question, what was the delivering time?
    I don't wanna be a product of my environment.
    I want my environment to be product of me.

  6. #16
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Somerset, UK
    Posts
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by BADMOPAR View Post
    Let me ask you one question, what was the delivering time?
    The shipping times given on their site appear to be fairly accurate. IIRC it was 4 days for mine to arrive in the UK - with the DHL/EMS delivery option.

    I remember finding this particularly amusing, as an item I'd ordered from a UK company (3 days prior) somehow took twice as long to arrive.

  7. #17
    Constant Bitrate BADMOPAR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Sokolov, Czech Republic
    Posts
    114
    I have paid today after reading your post and will see
    I don't wanna be a product of my environment.
    I want my environment to be product of me.

  8. #18
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    2

    Mx5 mk2.5

    I'm planning to follow your footsteps on this. I have a MK2.5 and wondered how much more it'll vary with the install.

    Also any more specify help you can give me (complete amature here)

    I've found the DC-DC converters and I'm on the hunt for the Audio boost. Is this doing able for a amaturer?

  9. #19
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Somerset, UK
    Posts
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by plattnat View Post
    I'm planning to follow your footsteps on this. I have a MK2.5 and wondered how much more it'll vary with the install.

    Also any more specify help you can give me (complete amature here)

    I've found the DC-DC converters and I'm on the hunt for the Audio boost. Is this doing able for a amaturer?
    Hi Plattnat,
    That's great to hear.

    The installation should be mostly the same as the MK3 - but I'd recommend doing as much research as possible before purchasing the bits you'll need.

    I was aided greatly by the various MX-5 forum threads on aftermarket stereo installation (particularly for wiring diagrams of the head unit adaptor).


    However, I feel I should state that I'm no longer using the Joggler in my car. I have very recently chosen to go with a more traditional Atom/Lilliput combo installation, which I'm also planning to document soon.

    There are a few reasons for this:

    Screen
    The glossy display provided by the Joggler works well enough when the roof is up (especially as the fabric roof lets less sunlight in than most other cars), however when the roof is down and the sun is out, it can often become a struggle to view. Still readable; but ultimately I wasn't happy.

    Software & Speed
    A lot of very clever people have worked very hard to get various flavours of Linux running on the system, but my personal lack of familiarity with the platform made getting various things to work as desired quite difficult (GPS, 3G). The Atom processor coped well enough with the music interface I created, but struggled with many of the more advanced tasks I was assigning it (such as Google Maps, JS/HTML5 effects, etc). Boot times seemed to get slower and slower, and I don't have the Linux experience to fully comprehend why. I did starting writing a Flash interface to sit within the factory OS - but performance problems and difficulty in debugging put an end to this.

    Sound
    Although the sound quality of the Joggler is actually good, it generates quite a lot of noise when booting up (clicks/pops/buzzing). This continues until the OS boots. Initially this was tolerable, but the noises made seem to vary in loudness and type over time.
    I've read reports that these issues do not exist with all Jogglers (and/or installations). Using an audio line filter doesn't fix the issue because the noise is generated by the Joggler's audio card, rather than a ground loop issue. This could be resolved using some kind of audio switch in conjunction with a relay (or using the Joycon's switching output).



    I said at the start of the project that there are many features that make the Joggler ideal for car use - but only time would tell if it worked well as a car PC.

    Almost a year later, I decided that I wasn't happy with it.

    Ultimately it offers a fantastically easy way to get a computer in your car, but there are big limitations if you wish to do anything other than play music or listen to Internet radio stations.


    The new installation uses a Foxconn Netbox (Dual Core Atom, ION Graphics) with a 7" Lilliput touch screen and offers a great deal more flexibility whilst maintaing the stock look previously provided by the Joggler. It has cost about 5 times that of the Joggler install - but it's more than 5 times as functional.

  10. #20
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Houston Texas
    Posts
    34
    Thats awesome great work

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. AFKfest 2009 - Mike Car Computer Install
    By optikalefx in forum Mp3Car Blog Talk
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 07-25-2010, 07:40 AM
  2. CES 2009 - Giantec Double Din Car Computer
    By Fiberoptic in forum Mp3Car Blog Talk
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 06-29-2010, 02:00 PM
  3. Ultimate Car Computer Vehicle
    By Pegasus in forum General MP3Car Discussion
    Replies: 48
    Last Post: 01-21-2005, 04:26 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •