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    Streetdeck using Imon Ultrabay to control

    Here is a video showing the fully programmable Imon Ultrabay controlling Streetdeck. Please ignore the mounting as it is going through a test phase. Have ordered the supplies needed to make it permanent. This really isn't a product review as it is still being tested. Mainly just wanted to show how well it works with the carputer.

    Problems with the Imon:

    1. No "real" brightness control. Only brightness contrast
    2. Made for a desktop to fit into 2 5.25" bays. Car mount must be fabricated.

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWUGKCkcehY[/media]
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    Really cool!!

    Thanks for showing!

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    You're very welcome. So far, it has really impressed me, however, I'm more interested to see how robust it is. How is car vibration going to effect it. I'm also a bit concerned about their tech support/design guys. Some of the units (mine included) are dim. personally, since there isn't brightness control, prefer it so it doesn't blind me at night. From what I gather on their forums, they are aware of it and when asked to add brightness control to their software, the response was basically "thank you very much". At least they did respond I guess. Now for what the Imon has going for it. I only mentioned SD, but for RR it would even be better.

    It can have graphic equalizer/music readout for winamp (no good on SD)
    Checks and scrolls news and weather (interval checks/cities worldwide can be set)
    Can be set up for multiple programs
    IR media center remote capable (can use either the imon or MCE remote)
    Has clock readout when computer goes into hibernate. Shuts off automatically (not sure how long)
    Monitors and scrolls system information, fonts/size/and scrolling are all editable
    Has autolaunch button
    readout can be set/changed by holding down the volume knob

    A lot more, but I'm still learning it. I posted on their forums that there were a couple of us over here testing their product in a car, so they might want to start investigating the market. Would love to see them come out with a double din version with more buttons!
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    Sweet!!!

    That is a very cool option to have. I have no clue where I would mount that though. Too bad..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rxh81 View Post
    Really cool!!

    Thanks for showing!
    Quote Originally Posted by Autockr989 View Post
    That is a very cool option to have. I have no clue where I would mount that though. Too bad..
    Agreed. Nice interface for SD...I am of the opinion that physical buttons are superior to the the touchscreen while driving in almost all circumstances. I have the same problem as the poster above, however...no place to put it unless I get rid of my headunit.

    How much did that cost?

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    I am not sure I like the company that makes the Imon yet, so yesterday I went looking for something else like it. I can't find a single or double 5.25 bay controller that is even close to it. I found a lot that were remote control (single bay), but not buttons. The ones that did have buttons were preprogrammed for fan control.

    Single bay controller might be easier for more users to install, but it doesn't exist as far as I can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parksgm View Post

    How much did that cost?
    Sorry, didn't see the question. I paid $104, however, you can find places online that sell it for $86. Saw the one I needed at Fry's and decided to grab it while I could. So far, I have seen 3. The Fry's in Dallas had a silver one and I couldn't use it, and the Fry's in Houston had a black one and a silver one. Might be easier getting it online. The black one I got had even been repackaged. Sure someone brought it back because the display was dim, but that was a plus for me.
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    Here are a couple of videos on youtube showing some yahoo installing the Ultrabay (wrong) but it will give you an idea of what is needed and the physical size of the entire unit. Plus, it will give a laugh seeing this guy put a double bay device in a single bay. To give you an idea of why this company worries me...........the company posted the videos. They also have a "knob", but I like the griffin better.

    Also, keep in mind that depending on where your computer is, you will probably have to extend the power cable (Ultrabay will not work with laptop, directly out of the box, due to power requirements). I used a cat5 cable because it had enough wires and kept the area clean. Each twisted pair went to one wire on the cable.

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    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNH88xlKfIE[/media]

    Here is a review video which does make me feel a little better...

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do5RkgFbsqQ[/media]
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    cool, but not something i'd use as you still need to focus your eyes on which button you're going to push (plus figuring out a place to put it, i.e. i have no space for it with integrated display where stereo used to be).

    what has become my major input device is the ccStick (rotary encoder). it's in the same location as my stock navigation button (easy reach with right arm on armrest) and i can reach for it blindly.

    You can program functions for it. I have it setup as: turn r/l = scroll up/down, left=back, top=toggle voice control, right=right. (it's acutally 8-way joystick, but i don't find a need for the other ones).

    between that and voice control, i never touch the screen anymore. although officially out of business, i'm 99% sure you can still get one of these if you wanted. or - - did anyone ever write a program for the encoder mp3car store sells?

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    I drive with my hand on the shifter most of the time, so learned exactly where each button was fairly quickly. Think that is why I like it so much. it put the buttons at the best place possible for me.
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