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    2008 Chevrolet Corvette 7" Android Tablet Install

    Hey everyone, long time lurker, first time posting. Thanks in advance to this forum and its members for advice in many aspects of this install!

    I recently finished installing a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 in my corvette to replace my current pioneer stereo! I'm far from finished, but the initial install is done.

    For reference, my original install thread is HERE.

    Still to do:
    1) Install Parrot CK3000 bluetooth hands-free kit
    2) Build circuits to interface steering wheel controls with tablet

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    MOUNTING SYSTEM
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    First, I fab'd mounting brackets out of 1/8" flat steel rods from Home Depot. I bought a cracked console bezel (hence the tape) to use for test fitting. I also bought and murdered a metra double-din adapter from crutchfield.



















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    DISASSEMBLED DOC
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    I bought and disassembled a Samsung tablet doc so that I could have a very low profile interface connection. The vette left almost NO room to either side for connectivity, so this had to be thought out a fair bit.









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    CYANOGENMOD AND EXTERNAL MIC
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    I rooted and installed cyanogenmod10 on the tablet, and bought a right-angle 3-signal headphone jack interface with the electronics and external microphone.



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    INSTALLATION
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    Here are some pictures of the actuall install into the corvette.









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    DEMO VIDEO
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    See it in action!





    Automated startup demo
    Last edited by SDB_FTW; 01-20-2013 at 10:50 PM.

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    If anything, I think your project just convinced me to go the Android route versus miniPC route given the looks and how simple it is to hook up while remaining very feature rich and cost effective... Thank you for sharing, and I will definitely keep an eye out for when you upload the videos of the added features. By the way, you did an awesome job on the bezel!

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    Wow that looks great!

    So says Latinmaxima, so it shall be done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrkjcy View Post
    If anything, I think your project just convinced me to go the Android route versus miniPC route given the looks and how simple it is to hook up while remaining very feature rich and cost effective... Thank you for sharing, and I will definitely keep an eye out for when you upload the videos of the added features. By the way, you did an awesome job on the bezel!
    Thanks!

    The only considerable down side to using Android vs PC is if you want/need extremely high sound quality. If your music collection is mostly mp3/aac/wma like mine, than the sq difference between the tablet's DAC and an expensive sound card will be minimal. If you have a audio library full of high quality files (flac, ogg, lossless, etc), then the miniPC is the better route because you can buy a sound card with a good DAC and take advantage.

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    Hello!

    What is the Widget calledf or Volume change?

    Great project! :-)

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    Really awesome install!
    Would you mind linking me to where you found the right angle connector? I have been searching for something like that for a while now and haven't been able to find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiTech126 View Post
    Really awesome install!
    Would you mind linking me to where you found the right angle connector? I have been searching for something like that for a while now and haven't been able to find one.
    Thank you!

    I know how you feel, it took a while to find this thing, and had to be shipped from China, but it's a very sturdy connector, and arrived about a week after I ordered it. LINKYLINK!
    Last edited by SDB_FTW; 10-12-2012 at 09:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alphatier2012 View Post
    Hello!

    What is the Widget calledf or Volume change?

    Great project! :-)
    Thanks! It's called "volume control widget", here's the LINK

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    FYI, as a newbie on this forum, my responses are being moderated, so they are coming through a bit slow, sorry in advance!

    -Dave

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    UPDATE:

    I finished soldering the interface for the corvette hud/steering wheel buttons. I snapped a couple pics and made a quick video.












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