Acer Aspire One+94 Accord LX
Hey all, this is my first project, integrating an Acer Aspire One netbook into a 94 Accord LX. The goal of this project is to be able to connect my AAO into the car, using only a DC jack and USB plug. I wish to have GPS navigation and surround sound, FM radio would be nice if I ever find a good USB receiver.
Here's one photo from my Flickr pool(click to head to it):
For now, I have the netbook mounted to the dash quite solidly with Velcro, so I can take the netbook out of the car easily.
I'm powering it off it's AC charger through a 70 watt inverter, I intend to replace that with the actual car charger at some point.
Sound is coming from the onboard card, straight into the head unit's auxiliary. It sounds very nice on two 6x6s and two 6x9s, I can't wait to get a sub in the trunk.
I'm working on a hardware interface for Winamp, using a cheap USB gamepad wired to a chunk of a DVD player's front panel, with AutoHotkey handling the keyboard emulation. I'll have a photo of it sometime tomorrow. For now, I use an Xbox controller to control Winamp.
I don't plan to install a touch screen, either on the laptop or an actual screen like the Liliput, I hate smudges and I like actual buttons that I can use without having to look at.
More to come!
Looking good, nice idea to use a gamepad then re arrange the buttons, like the velcro, low tech is sometimes the way foward
Thanks! I might replace the velcro with some kind of tray to hold the netbook, but the velcro is very low profile.
Yeah, I know, double post, whatever.
I was gonna take a photo of just the controller PCB I had wired up, but I decided to work on it a little more before taking photos. I ended up finishing it (for the most part) before I took this (blurry due to lack of light) photo:
I cut the faceplate and PCB off of an old DVD player and wired the buttons to a cheap USB gamepad. I'm using AutoHotKey to turn the button presses into keyboard shortcuts to control WinAmp. Not all the buttons are programmed yet. I know it looks like crap, but it's really more proof of concept until I manage to make my own molded buttons and bezel.
Best quote about it, from my mom (I'm 17, back off with the still-at-home jokes):
"That's nice and all, but your laptop doesn't have a DVD player for this to control, right?"