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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ofakind View Post
    Looks good Hex, are you using the same mount installed differently? I think my next project will be a tablet mounted in the dash in the wife's car.

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    Its not the same mount but it is the same type dashkit. The other one was just some concept I was playing with plus I hacked that up more. This time with this new mount I did not cut as much and decided not to mess with the charging cable for now. From my own experience with my tablet I bring it in every day anyways plus I seem to only need to charge it once a week if that. I can go a little longer sometimes. This is with tunein streaming plus all of the other data processes working in the background and I always keep bluetooth on. The battery does deplete faster when using Wifi which I only enable if I am using it as my XBMC remote over wifi. Or if I am testing some mobile web development over my local lan webserver.

    In any case I think I will be more satisfied with this new design. It still allows me to quickly remove my tablet when I am on the go and it is snug and secure with minimal mod/fab time and no cutting of my stock dash...and I have no wires involved except from the bluetooth receiver to mini amp on the floor.

    If I am ever on the road for a while and do want the charging cable connected, I tested that I can still do that but that solution with this design will not allow a quick removal and mount of my tab.
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    Mod/Fab Time

    Here are my recent pics of modifying the dashkit. I used a little acetone for smoothing some of the ABS plastic. I am using modified wood strips on the bottom to tighten things up to make the tablet more snug. I am currently painting it. So tomorrow it should be ready to install. Can't wait..
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    So about my Droid Bionic.. I rooted it and applied the hack allowing me to Wifi tether. Sweet! XDA Developer forum are your friends. I can't take advantage of the 4G because I only get like one bar in my area. But 3G I do have all bars which is still sufficient for me. My main concern is the phone performance working with the apps which turns out to be great.
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    I woke up this morning all anxious to install my new mount and it's just simply awesome. I still need to touch up the bottom which I will do later this evening with some epoxy but this it folks. Wow this thing is mad snug. It actually takes some pressure to dismount it. I will have to find an intuitive way to make the dismount a little less dramatic but I would say super snug is good. I have to use something at the bottom corners to pull it out. In my fitment tests all I had to do was slightly push either of the top corners and it would pop out. But in my tests I originally was going to use a fabric bottom which was softer and still snug making it easier to dismount. The wood I adhered to the bottom makes it snug but a little less easier to pop out (again is a good thing).

    I am getting my A2DP/HFP bluetooth receiver installed this afternoon (EGO Flash).

    I will eventually mount some type of backplate...maybe with some cool LED lighting to cover up the "guts" of the dash internals
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    Finishing Touches

    So I got my bluetooth receiver installed. I have a feeling that it still will not work how I would like it only because I am not using any headunit so essentially I am bypassing what would be a normal install to a headunit by connecting it directly to an amp. With that said I will not be able to take advantage of the mute functionality. However the EGO Flash unit so far seems to be a quite neat.

    OK on to the good stuff....

    I am now working on the finishing touches for my dashkit. I am using epoxy to fill in the line between where I attached the wood pieces and the dashkit on the bottom.

    Man....this is the first time I ever worked with epoxy and I must say this one I bought sets mad quick. I was thinking that I would take my time to fill in the gaps slow and smooth...but no it doesn't seem to work like that. My first bit of the epoxy I was using set all solid less than a minute just like the package said... In any case it's all good. Time for me to go do some sanding now and then paint.

    Here are my pics so far. One is before the epoxy and the other is just after smearing the epoxy.
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    Oh I forgot to mention that I decided to paint my A/C vent frame so that it matches my Tablet mount. Previously if was just the factory charcoal grey-ish.
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    I made some finishing touches. So I had to do some major sanding of the epoxy and then painted. So here are my pics. I will be finally installing this in the morning. I will post the finalized setup tomorrow containing the EGO Flash bluetooth along with the tablet.
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    Here are the pics with everything all installed and mounted. I had to make one other minor update to the mount for attaching the OLED display for the EGO Flash. I adhered an acrylic piece the shape of the display to the top of the mount so that it sits a little lower and I fed the cable through my A/C vent. I do not want to drill through anything factory. You'll see what I mean from the pics below. So far in my tests the EGO Flash works well for both the voice call commands and for streaming the A2DP music from my tablet. The only drawback which is more a technology design vs. the unit itself but both bluetooth profiles cannot be connected at the same time. So if I want to use my phone I will have to disconnect my tablet from the bluetooth so that my phone can connect. No biggie because I almost never use my phone in the car anyways but the option is there for me if needed. Either way I still have handfree talking and wireless music streaming.

    I figured out a way to wake my tablet up so that I don't have to press the power button. It's kinda silly yet a very simple trick (not even a trick). All I do is send a text to it and the display wakes up then I just unlock it and there I go. Simple enough..no coding or market app required.

    My project is still far from done. I am still going to have the Connect2Car Anywhere G2 installed plus I will get the Zimi Bluetooth Proximity Module for it to control some car functions via bluetooth.

    Ok now that I got all that out of the way. Here are my pics with the tablet and EGO Flash installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hexxamillion View Post

    I figured out a way to wake my tablet up so that I don't have to press the power button. It's kinda silly yet a very simple trick (not even a trick). All I do is send a text to it and the display wakes up then I just unlock it and there I go. Simple enough..no coding or market app required.
    So... maybe this will require one app. I installed No Lock so that I will not have to unlock it after it wakes up. So now I can simply text it and the screen wakes up ready to use. Nice!
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    Fun stuff playing with tasker. So I have tested and configured some simple automated tasks on my galaxytab. Since my mornings are pretty much routine I set my display to wake about the time I leave for week. Then I set a display timeout for roughly the time I usually arrive at work.

    I also config'd a task to turn on my display roughly around the time I leave work. So what about those times outside of the daily routine? Well I installed the tasker app on my Droid Bionic and config'd a task to send a text to my tablet thus waking it. I created a tasker widget so that all I have to do is tough the widget and the text gets sent. This prevents me from having to actually launch my text messenger then type and send the text manually.

    I installed the no lock app so I do not have to worry about unlocking after the display wakes up which also prevents the display from going back to sleep if it is not unlocked. By default i set my display to timeout in an hour and have brightness set to auto and powersave enabled.

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