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    Constant Bitrate Big Zack's Avatar
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    Convertible install

    OK, it's been a long time in the making but it's done. Over 3 minutes of planning, a minute or two of digging for the duct tape and another 5 minutes of installation and it's FINALLY all done!

    The system...

    Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 convertible notebook
    1.10GHz / 768MB SDRAM / 40GB HDD
    MIL-STD-810F Durability
    Full magnesium alloy case
    Moisture- and dust-resistant LCD, keyboard and touchpad
    Sealed port and connector covers
    Shock-mounted removable HDD in stainless steel case
    Vibration and drop-shock resistant
    Built in Wide Area Wireless 802.11b+g
    Built in Global Positioning System (GPS) Receiver
    Convertible 10.4'' LCD Touchscreen

    3Com HomeConnect PC Digital Camera
    Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-USB2 TV & FM Tuner

    Windows XP
    iGuidance 2
    FrodoPlayer 1.08
    NetStumbler 0.4.0
    WinTV 2000

    Total Cost: ~$5,000


    The ride...

    1988 Sears Craftsman lawn tractor
    Stock racing stripes
    11 HP with electric start
    Custom exhaust (muffler rusted off)
    Height adjustable 36" mower deck
    4 speed transmission with reverse
    East Coast rims (biggies in the back - minis up front)
    Run-flat (aka: just-flat) all terrain tires

    Total Cost: $250 (used)

    The pics…


    Pimp Mobile!


    FrodoPlayer thump'n out the tunes! (Frodo - you da man!)


    Check out that rearview cam!


    Heavy duty wiring job... lot's of duct tape.

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    OK, so here’s the story. I took these pictures a while back one Sunday. I had to get the grass cut, but there was this race on the tube I was really wanting to watch so…

    I had just pulled my power inverter, WinTV box, camera, etc out of a Blazer I had sold the day before. It was just sitting there in the garage. I figured I could hook the entire thing up on the mower and watch the race while I was cutting the grass. Didn’t work though. Seems that the DC power inverter needs a little more input than the tractor could produce so the WinTV box kept dropping out. No big deal, I was able to finish the yard off with FrodoPlayer jamming the MP3s!

    - Z

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    Oh dude....that is freakin awesome!
    send the pics to Frodo for his website
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    really cool.. i would have left the tv tuner on another machine and streamed the race to your laptop/tablet thingy through wifi.. i do it all the time to watch stargate on my laptop while im working...
    Carputer: 2.8Ghz P4, 512 RAM, 120gb HDD, WIFI, TV tuner, CDRW/DVDROM, Slot load DVD in front.
    Screen: Lilliput 7" touchscreen (Custom made Carbon Fiber Screen Enclosure)
    S2000 Carputer

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    this is quite possibly one of the coolest things i have ever seen. Kudos!

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    Oh My that is sweet! Good work BigZack. Now all your mower needs is a paint job
    AMD XP 2600+/512MB RAM/120GB hard drive
    Opus 150W/DVD/GPS/7" Lilliput TS/802.11g/Bluetooth
    Installed.


    -GPSSecure- - GPS Tracking
    -AltTabber2.2.2- - Handy touchscreen utility.

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    I'm sorry, and you are....? frodobaggins's Avatar
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    Now this is awesome. !

    FrodoPlayer on a lawnmower !
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    My next generation Front End is right on schedule.
    It will be done sometime in the next generation.
    I'm a lesbian too.
    I am for hire!

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    What most of us just use a cheap Walkman or Discman for, you come up with a $5000 system.

    When using the GPS, does it say **OFF-ROAD**.

    Although I see some interesting potential for this. Think about. On this forum, there have been people automating components in cars with relays and actuators from a carPC. Why not the PC steer the lawn mower and cut the grass? It's got the GPS. Give it way points, get actuators for the steering and throttle and let her rip. I just hope you don't have anything precious in the yard like the wifes flowers.

    Very good...
    Progress Meter:

    [|||||!||||'] 95% complete

    It's in... it's finally installed!!!! But never finished!

    "It works! It works! I've finally invented something that works!" -- Doctor Emmit Brown

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    Constant Bitrate Big Zack's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkhalo
    really cool.. i would have left the tv tuner on another machine and streamed the race to your laptop/tablet thingy through wifi
    Good idea... didn't think of that at the time. Although it would have nearly doubled the install time to 10 minutes if I had setup the software on the home PC.

    I could access the internet via the home wifi when I was near the house (my yard is over 3 acres, so I didn't always have the best of signals) I checked the weather, read some e-mail, and checked on the progress of the race now and then.

    Quote Originally Posted by brady
    ... Now all your mower needs is a paint job
    No way, to paint it I would have to wash it, and I'm pretty sure dirt is the only thing holding it together!

    Quote Originally Posted by carpcnoobie
    What most of us just use a cheap Walkman or Discman for, you come up with a $5000 system.
    Some employers issue hair nets and spatulas. Some issue bad-*** laptops. What can I say?!

    Quote Originally Posted by carpcnoobie
    When using the GPS, does it say **OFF-ROAD**...Why not the PC steer the lawn mower and cut the grass?
    Yeh, it showed **OFF-ROAD** the entire time, but then again, it shows **OFF-ROAD** at the beginning of my driveway. I live back in BFE on a road that doesn't seem to exist on most maps. Every trip I take begins with "Proceed to the nearest road."

    hmm... sounds like a bad episode of Monster Garage.

    - Z

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    Great Googly Moogly boy!

    You can't have technology that close to farm type equipment, that just aint right! We gonna hafta get the local laww dawgs out here-ah...

    In all seriousness, that some tricked out mower man... I'd say put some hydraulics on the wheels so you can start hoppin the front end...that would be pretty pimp <g>

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Zack
    Yeh, it showed **OFF-ROAD** the entire time, but then again, it shows **OFF-ROAD** at the beginning of my driveway. I live back in BFE on a road that doesn't seem to exist on most maps.
    Don't feel so bad, I work for Brother International. They've got a street named just for them (Brother Boulevard) that only half of it shows up on GPS here in Memphis!
    Mind Scream out

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