2002 Volvo S60 Super Connected Car PC
As I've accomplished nearly all my goals in my Car PC, and I won't be doing much work until next summer as I start college this year, I figured it's about time I make a "Show off your project" thread. Believe me, there is plenty to show off.
The goals of this project start off like the typical car pc:
7" touch screen in dash looking nice and clean
Windows xp, slimmed down
PC in trunk
Powerful audio system
Things took a swift turn when I encountered the Sheeva Plug. For those that don't know it's a headless linux computer with a retail price of $100 in the compact form of a wall wart power adapter. It consumes under 5 watts of power making it suitable for always-on in-car operation.
Pair the sheeva plug with a verizon 3g USB stick, a wireless router, and a fusion brain, some serious programming and now you're packing a POWERFUL set of features. I love programming, I love tinkering. I've been programming since I was 9. Built my first computer when I was 10. I've never stopped tinkering. This was my ultimate toy.
After many attempts at getting the formula just right, I got everything working:
- Always-on sheeva plug, always connected to the web.
- Always-on wifi router. Providing a wifi hotspot around my car at all times.
- Fusion brain attached to all my accessory lights, the desktop PC's turn on, my garage door opener, my amplifiers.
- Software providing a control-system. It processes rules.
--Ex. If car is on, and it is night, turn on accessory lights.
--If car is on and PC is off, turn on computer.
--If car is on and voltage is above 13, un-isolate my accessory battery.
- Software providing an interface with the network/internet.
- Various connections to the network interface:
--A cenrafuse plugin
--An ajax web page
--A gps tracking ajax page
--An AIM bot interacting with the the car through the web interface
----AIM bot provides SMS Text Messaging control from my phone
------I get text messages when my battery is low
That's the list in the smallest possible nutshell. In subsequent posts I'll post pictures and all the in-depth details.
I would also like to thank several forum members here for some of the help and tools they have provided me.
tripzero - thank you for all the work you have done on linux. It makes working with the sheeva plug much easier
chunkyks - thank you for your work on linux programs as well.
2k1toaster - Hey I know I paid for the fusion brain, but thank you for the help you've given me. I'm sure at times I've been a a minor annoyance ;)
mp3car - the store has been excellent to me, and the forums are an amazing resource. Without stumbling on this site while trying to get my mp3 player hooked up to my stock radio, I would have never found the CarPC hobby.
Picture to be added real soon...