Custom Heads up display - Carputer
So I've been thinking about building a heads up display for the old donkey, this is more of an experimental project as the car is pretty old so i'm not too worried about making any big mistakes. I have been trawling the internet for HUD inspiration there's plenty of botchy little ones that sit on the dash and plug into your phone ect.. Not quite what i have in mind..
With the recent release of the leap motion controller i was thinking with this kind of device i could load up an entire display onto the hud to display music, nav, ect. with a flick of the finger next song or gesture to switch into another program.
Computer hard/soft ware i'm not too fussed about at this stage, thats the easy bit i have a i7 laptop with a dead lcd that will do the trick.
As for the reflective surface I have been looking at semi reflective tint on ebay (search 'mirror tint film') seems cheap enough and comes in 5,10,15,20,ect % reflective.
I'm at a crossroads with the display i initially thought about using a portable laser projector (pico) as they are small so take up less room in the dash, however from what i have seen they might work well at night but won't be bright enough during the day, im also guessing they will be difficult to attach any photosensitive dimmer to..
So i have been steering towards one of http://www.lcdparts.net/industrial.aspx lcd montors with jacked up backlights. These eliminate the need to have any complicated mirrors to gain some distance from the projector, they seem to be priced well and appear to have an input for a dimmer of sorts.
how deep will I be able to drop this into the dash? I don't really want to see the pre-reflected lcd. Its a 1996 liberty wagon i have the manual Attachment 70256 for dismantling the dash but cant tell how much space there is under it.
I have a few concerns because i'm a poor student so before i jump into this and spend all the money i want to know what everyone here thinks?!?! Let me know