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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougw133 View Post
    Stumbled across thread...Great idea... Buttons on the left of screen look like they're from the 80's...
    then thats perfect for my 87 Fiero GT!!

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    Any updates?

    Its been a while, since you've given us an update. How is the debugging going? did you get the screen problem fixed? Any new issues?

    Hope to get an update soon and keep up the good work. There may be some people getting getting impatient, but I fell if I stick it out I will get a product like no other out there, that will be worth the wait. Plus its a bummer for you, but maybe I will be bumped up a bit in line since I got on board with putting in a car pc late LOL.
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    No word in 2 months... I guess things didn't work out with the monitor. That's too bad, this project looked very promising.

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    Dear Interested Consumers,

    We would like to thank you for your patience during this process. We appreciate your past and continued support for the CT650 product line. Your comments and encouragement has not gone without great appreciation. We apologize for the recent delay in updating everyone on the status of our upcoming products.

    We are very close to completing the CT650A, but at this point we are temporarily limited by our budget. However, we have been working hard with possible investment firms and individuals. We are hoping to acquire the necessary funding before the end of the year. We will update everyone when anything changes.

    If you have any comments or questions, please contact [email protected].

    Thank you for your patience,
    Brett Woollum CEO
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    Wow, i never realized this was ONLY for the screen. I'm sorry but $1000 for a double din touch screen just isn't worth it.

    Even if i didn't want to fab a center console / display, i could pay an audio shop to do it for much less then a $1000 including the cost of the display. Not to mention i could also buy a second center console in case i needed to sell the car stock.

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    Not just a screen

    It isn't just a screen it is custom built and designed. It has buttons on the side that can be used to control what you want, a dvd drive, and a monitor, it also has hookup for a second monitor to be controlled ( I feel like I missed something). And all that can be accessed from the front. There isn't anything currently on the market that doesn't flip out a bit to reveal the dvd drive. After this they are also going to work on a full car-pc solution.

    Surprised you didn't see that from the first page that has a link to the product.

    Bummer to hear about the financial problems. I can see how that can happen with the long period of development and testing before you are able to release something (lots of money out, none coming in). Good luck and I hope you get your investors.
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    Well i thought it being a touchscreen kinda negated the need for buttons.

    I guess the dvd drive is kind of a plus. I admit it's a cool product. I just don't see it being worth $1,000 without the computer part. Do you?

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    Edward,

    Two points:

    #1, Considering the amount of work, effort, hardship, etc, (This thread is 37 pages long and this is going on for over a year that we know of) these guys have been through, I remember being taught that if I didn't have anything nice to say, maybe I shouldn't say anything at all. Perhaps you could try to remember this next time. You are, of course, entitled to an opinion, just maybe next time don't be so crass about it.

    #2, Fabrication costs aside, once you've bought a *good* screen & PS (no $180 fleabay Lilliputs!), half height DVD drive, soft buttons & controller, double din mounting kit, cables, etc. I think you're not that shy of the cost of this unit. Rough estimate in my head for the above is probably $6-700 plus the extra time to wire it all up (it's all PnP in *this* unit).

    Now how about the space requirements? Once you put the screen in the radio hole, where does the DVD drive go? Soft buttons? How do you keep it looking stock? Ok, lets say you can achieve that in your particular install, now how about adding in the fabrication costs? See how close to that $1000 mark we're getting?

    This would be a one-stop, one-piece solution, for double din, no fab/mod usage. Yes it carries a price premium. Most niche solutions do. And by my math, it's not THAT much premium over the alternative and a lot easier to use. afai am concerned, this is a pretty decent value proposition. Try crunching the numbers and see for yourself.

    Sure this isn't for *everybody* but for some (probably/hopefully many) this would be a great solution. Think leases, ppl w/ little to no fab experience, ppl who want to look 'factory' or stock to minimize theft risk, WAF (wife approval factor), etc.

    And just for the record, I'm not a candidate for the product, nor do I have any vested interests. I'm just a watcher of the thread because think it was a ballsy move these guys made in trying to engineer this product (they took a dream and tried to make it a reality. More than I think most ppl can say for themselves) and I hope things work out well for them. Best of luck to you guys. I hope you get your financing and this puppy takes off. Win, lose or draw, you guys should be proud.


    J.

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    Azaria,

    I have to say your post has been, well, probably one of the best i've seen so far. Not that it was super technical or exact but that you made a good, convincing point without trashing me in the process. Even when you pointed out the way I was acting (which I apologize for) you were still polite.

    Perhaps i'm not exactly in the market for this product either and that's why I was finding it hard to justify the price.

    Either way, thank you for pointing everything out.

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    Well Said Azaria. I was just warmin' up the keys for a very similar reply.

    There are a number of other 'almost-ready-to-install' options, such as blk02si's, and they all have their merits (and demerits). I've been anticpating this one as a ready-made solution for my own PC board and accessories for a long time now. I wasn't going to wait on the PC version like I previosuly thought I would, but I at least hoped it would be ready by now.

    Also, my key concern is resale and moving the unit to my next vehicle. Why spend all that time on custom fab jobs and extra console parts when this is SO EASY... I can easily get to $1000 on parts/labor/custom fab/spare parts/etc...

    If the project takes much longer though, I think a number of people will seek alternatives. Funding is a problem for a business like this. If they can get it, I'm sure the product will sell. But they'll have to do it quickly. In a few more months I think most will take the easy way (maybe settle for Ford's new setup) or just install some half-computer option from Kenwood/Pioneer/Clariion/etc. And I believe that a large number of companies are readying full-computer prodcuts that will hit the market next year.

    I think Brett had the right idea(so long ago), but might have hurt himself by not followign the adage "First to market sets the pace"...

    Speedy

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