06-14-2011, 05:03 PM
I just hardwired the Android tablet connections in the headrests. No wires dangling at all everything runs inside the headrest poles into the seat. Turning on and off with the IGN like a charm. Can't wait to show it. Amazing image quality. Now I'm playing with them a lot; the 7" format is great. It seems that I can display custom messages when it starts; like "Hi girl; what do you wanna see today?" and stuff like that. Wonder if it can play a custom sound/picture/animation/short movie; like a Disney character saying welcome back etc. :-)
06-15-2011, 04:08 PM
Sounds cool! Can't wait to see.
Originally Posted by RipplingHurst
07-02-2011, 06:51 PM
Very nice build/instruction. Noticed you are local to me too (Concord). Maybe sometime we can make a meet somewhere and have people show off our cool ideas/build and help each other if needed. Im defetnitly going to keep up on your build since there is a lot of knowledge and cool ideas here.
07-03-2011, 11:32 AM
Yes we should do that. Don't forget to start your own log too!
10-25-2011, 01:00 AM
Any updates on this? Have you decided on the headrest tablets?
10-26-2011, 01:13 AM
Yes, I had the galaxy tab 7 and the nook color running for a while, long trips only was the plan (since I have the OEM single screen in the back for everyday use). However, they ended up staying there for a long time for no reason.
Then I sold the Nook Color and bought two incredibly cheap Touchpads ($149) and two refurb Galaxy Tabs 10.1 ($270 each). WebOS is a dream, kids and the wife love it as much as they love the iPad. The Galaxy tab is not loved as much, it's the only one that crashes on a regular basis. I removed TouchWiz from one, but it made no difference. One touchpad is still in the box, so the plan is to sell it for a profit, keep one as a nightstand (the touchstone wireless charger is great for that, it shows twitter feed, news, clock and weather, plus cheap browsing on the bed) and use the tabs in the car.
It seems that I have to re encode all the kids movies/videoclips to the galaxy tab 10 screen size (1280x800) up from 1024x600. The tegra running Tabs are kind of picky with something I couldn't get quite my hands on it yet. iCarly works fine, so does BBC's Planet Earth (GORGEOUS on the 10.1), but Wiggles goes slow frame by frame, both work fine on the iPad/WebOS/iPhone/Tab 7", so that's where I'm wasting my time lately.
A thing about the Android running tasker overall is that I can't get the BT to control video playing. So the idea was to use tasker to toggle play/pause when the car is off, what it does when it's playing video is to keep the video running and toggles music instead (say winamp). So I have to kill the video app and launch it on restart, but then I lost the bookmark. My father-in-law was in the back playing with it and he couldn't get DLNA to work right (my idea) and it crashed the other tablet.
Physically they're pretty much done, I gave up on building an enclosure for them since I moved up the size. I'll post some pictures here, but the idea is to post a video showing the DLNA capabilities (i.e. streaming video/slideshow from the PC to the Tablet, from one tablet to the other, from the iPhone to the tablets, etc.). It's very cool, but at the moment I'm the only one who can do anything with it, so the challenge is to make it all just work with three clicks, or it's useless.
10-26-2011, 01:20 AM
Interesting. My galaxy tab has never crashed. I also rooted my tab. So how were you going to control video play via BT? Wiimote? BT mini keyboard?
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10-26-2011, 01:54 AM
Well, my galaxy tab 7" never crashed either! It's the Tegra/Honeycomb thing, maybe. Don't know. Maybe ICS will smooth things out. Honeycomb is like beta. BTW, I can run Cyanogen (Gingerbread) on the Touchpad now, and people have been running tasker on it, so that's a 3rd option.
Well, I said BT because the app tasker is essential for automating things for the kids. And it controls media mainly simulating a BT device (play/pause/next/Stop), but there seems to be other ways too. So what I'm saying is that tasker can't control video apps as well as say, pandora, because Android itself doesn't work right with videos. I think it's a linux thing :-). It's not a tasker issue, since when I get the BT Headrest and try to control video with it (say pause/next), I get the same issues tasker does.
10-26-2011, 02:09 AM
I never had issues with video on my linux. Nor do I have any on my Bionic or tablet.
Regarding BT..maybe I missed something. What are you referring to by BT? I thought u meant bluetooth. So what was your tasker profiles going to be like for controlling media play? I am curious.
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10-26-2011, 02:17 AM
Yes, I'm talking about bluetooth.
Tasker: power on -> toggle play/pause (this is a BT command) under media control. Power off -> toggle play pause again.
Works when it's music playing (for some apps, say winamp, not all). Doesn't when it's video. At least with my preferred video app, ActOne. But there's no native android video player anyway, so it shouldn't matter. What's funny is that the ActOne page says it's compatible with BT headsets (which taskers emulates).