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    My screen install is very similar to yours. Try voice recognition as a partial solution. Of course, if the stereo is up loud or the windows are open, forget it, but for the most part it works very well if you have a decent microphone. It also impresses people and it really keeps your attention on the road. It's effortless.

    Doesn't negate the need for steering wheel or remote buttons as the voice doesn't work when it's really noisy, but I've found it to be a great addition.

    BTW, I'm using Bruno Speech Recognition.
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    is there anyway to integrate the factory steering wheel controls to operate with the computer? i was thinking of getting a Mazda3 too, and am looking at the different ways to hook up a carputer to it..

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    I have just finished installing phase one of my screen in the ashtray area its a 7" lilliput I will get some pictures, the only thing I do not like is the huge amount of glare of the lilliput, during a sunny day


    Quote Originally Posted by Cocoman
    I currently don't have pics with the screen down but when I get the chance i'll post them up as well. When the screen is down it looks pretty much like nothing is installed at all. It has been positioned so that all the plastic is aligned and flush so that from the outside you can barely tell there is a screen there when its down.
    As for glare, I will admit that sometimes it is a problem. However, I have managed to remove much of this by adjusting the screen's rotary position so im facing it head on. This makes a big difference, especially during the day and makes it look even better at night. Also, i'm planning on creating a daytime UI for my system with brighter colors that make it more visible during the day.

    It is a bit of a stretch to reach the screen but it is not a big deal for me because the distance isn't that far and I can still see everything clearly on it. It is my opinion (feel free to disagree) that this is the best position for it after I considered the alternatives:
    1) Putting the screen where the stock HU is
    • Nappyjim did this and it looks really nice
    • I decided not to do it this way because I wanted to keep the Stock HU in place

    2) Placing the screen where the ashtray is
    • I was afraid that keeping it here would interfere with shifting plus I didn't want to sacrifice my cigarette lighter and ashtray(no i don't smoke. I just would like to hook up my cell phone or laptop occassionally)

    Also, it's much easier to make quick glances towards the GPS maps when its in this position which is especially important when you are in a new area and don't know where you're going.

    I am thinking about putting a wireless remote control near the shifter to quickly move between songs and scroll through the maps on the GPS system.(any recommendations anyone?)

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    Thats a great idea. Which software do you use for your voice recognition and how well does it work? I currently have Dragon Naturally Speaking but I haven't tried it out yet(bought it for my dad but he never uses it). On another note, I really like what you did with the servo motor controller...slick.

    It is already partially integrated. I still use the steering wheel controls to control the volume and switch sources. The only part that doesn't work for the carputer is the switching of tracks. One way to integrate it would be to wire it up to a UART device that is hooked up to the serial port of the PC. From there you would have to write a driver that would process the input and send the appropriate commands to winamp or whatever media player you are using. It would probably be a lot of work but definately possible. Im sure there are other solutions as well, but this was the first one that came to mind.

    I look forward to seeing the pictures from your install.

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    that looks nice...i'm considering doing a carputer for my mazda mp3...but as you can see, i'm a i'm reading and learning

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    any shots of it closed? And how is the screen actually held in there? Im assuming you can take out the entire screen and case if wanted. So how do you keep it in there?

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    Im in the process of designing my carputer for my '05 3i. I have an XM radio mounted about where the LCD is in this example and I cant reach the buttons. Is it possible to have a remote that controls the entire GPS program (as well as MP3 and the frontend)? The only other option for me is ashtray, but I think it would be a bit of a distraction to look all the way down there if Im navigating during rush hour traffic.

    Also, is anyone currently living in a cold area (Im from Michigan), and do you have problems with cold-weather boots? I was planning on doing a glove box install and I'm worried about getting heat/ac flowing in there for temp extremes. Should I be worried?

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    Sorry to bring up an old treath, but man thats a great install!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just traded my disco for a mazda 3 (gas is a killer) anyway, I'm about ready to mount my lcd on to the car, and had planned the same thing as you, except my carputer will be on the back. I have the part# for the navi piece but at $168US and not knowing if my screen will fit, I was thinking of going the same route. I used your diagrams as reference, but would like to know what kind of magnet did you use, does the mount hold when you go over bumps? I was thinking of using struts, the one used on hobby trucks, and have a trunk-like effect. Any updates on the lcd mount pictures???
    sorry for the long post.

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    Soo... how many of you mazda3s are on Mazda3Forums?

    I'm ADaughen over there; great lakes regional moderator.

    Your install looks sweet Coco.

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    just starting to research my carputer for my 05 3s. im on m3forums, tekman78 too. just getting into modding my 3 so you will see more and more of me.

    getting some great ideas, thanks everyone!

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