2007 Camry LE: Project '07 MACry
A long time ago in a 1990 Hyundai Excel...
I thought about having a computer in a car. Now of course, when you're young, you think about doing lots of stuff. But for me, it never stopped there. I drew pictures of dashboards with large screens similar to that of KITT. If it were to talk back to me, it would sound like Peter Cullen. It would have a cassette player and a CD player, and all sorts of other stuff...
Fast forward to 2007. I bought my Black Viper, a.k.a. the 2007 Toyota Camry LE. The thought of a computer in my car was furthest from the mind. Modifications to a perfectly good car would be totally unnecessary, and there was life to take care of. Two years later, I went to church one Sunday, where my pastor spoke of dreams, and how we should always pursue our dreams. Driving home, I thought about the dreams I had as a child; and they all brought me back to the visions of a carputer...
I always knew about MP3car.com; as well as the now defunct Macvroom.com websites. I knew that people across the planet were making this happen. I felt, and still feel, that if I could fulfill this dream, any dream can be reality. And so it began, August 1, 2009: I would begin to fulfill my quest for the ultimate automotive experience...
http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/imag...7fed23bc41.jpgThe Black Viper. Host of the '07 Toyota Macry...
By the christened title, you can tell what machine is gonna run in this vehicle. I'm working on some pics and an actual listing of what's been done so far.
To be continued...
Personal log... supplemental...
My Mac desktop background
Alright, so how did I envision this thing starting out? And what have I been up to since then?
Hereís what I do have so far:
Apple Mac Mini 1.83Ghz computer with 512MB Ram, 80GB Hard Drive, 4 USB ports, AirPort Card for wireless internet, Bluetooth v2.0, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Combo drive - $470
Bybyte Double-Din Kit +7" Lilliput EBY701 screen - $289.50
Regular $50 slim Apple USB Keyboard
Kensington Slimblade USB mouse - $33
500GB Seagate 5400rpm internal HD - $75
Kensington 2GB Ram Upgrade - $25
Civilian Lab Leather Manila Sleeve for 13" MacBook Ė Black [To house keyboard, mouse and other peripherals when not in use] - $54
Griffin PowerMate [The very first edition] - $40
Carnetix P2140 v1.1 regulator - $140
Globalsat BU353 USB GPS Receiver - $37
Rockford Fosgate Prime R300-4 4 Channel Amplifier with 3rd party wiring kit and extra RCA cable - $195
Here are some unforeseen expenses that Iíve acquired:
Portable soldering iron: $20 [It goes places my regular one canít]
Dremel 200 series rotary tool kit: $45 [Iíll explain later]
5pc Dremel metal cutting bit/mandrel set for aforementioned rotary tool: $10
My brotherís hobby/modeling experience: $200
And, what is yet to come:
Mac Pac connector kit (Yay!) for the Carnetix regulator
iGuidance / Street Atlas / some other[better] GPS software
The Bybyte Dash/screen kit may be taking the easy way out, and it probably is because I feel to lower the LCD a bit so the top of it wonít be cut off the way it is. But all the credit in the world to these guys in Cali, the package is well put together, and takes the guessing game away from assembly.
The mini was an obvious choice because 1) I love Macs, 2) if I ever wanted to use Windows, that option is still available to me, and 3) it leaves a small footprint.
The biggest obstacles, well only two obstacles were this: sound, and Mac Mini placement...
More to come later...
My Windows desktop picture...
Coming up next... on Phase II
The Audio Connection.
Also, in the midst of the Yankees Parade, I'll try to find a decent mic that will work with the mini...