I feel like it's been ages since i worked on my project. Well...I got married so the project was on chill mode until that was done. Now it's time to start things up again.
I decided to "Reboot" my CarPC project. I plan on using a tablet PC as my CarPC. I have found that thoughout the past few months my main concern in the car is music, some "human" communication and I have a interest in exploring ways to communicate with my car over OBDII. There are tons of OBDII solutions available now for Android.
I have not used my car stereo for anything other than connecting my Android to it to scrobble my music as I jam down the road. With that said I am going to experiment with an Android Tablet PC. Nothing crazy like that Samsung (although sweet hardware) because I think its crazy to have to pay that much for a mobile device when I can have the same functions at a lower cost or even free. If a unit has wifi capabilities...why would I pay extra for an additional data plan if I already have a device that is a wifi hotspot or has tether capabilities?? Don't get me wrong..I'm not looking into those Android 1.6 tablets with VIA processor, 128 or 256 ram that you see all the time on eBay. My tablet must be minimum Android 2.2 with 1GHz. It must have bluetooth, wifi, multi-touch, HDMI-out is a plus but not necessary, and expandable memory card slot.
I plan on modifying a double din dash kit and integrate it with a tablet car mount. I found a Bluetooth device that will enable me to stream sound/music to my car speakers using a bluetooth receiver that can connect with jack to RCA Y cable. I am going to play around with this a bit. I am replacing my radio headunit with a small amp that has a remote and basically will perform the functions that I was using my headunit for only it will be mounted on the floor. I will have to create a visio of the design.
I have the miccus BluBridge mini-jack bluetooth receiver coming in the mail hopefully next week. I will test that functionality then will test the amp....we shall see how it goes.