Man, I've never had a car with so many cupholders, but it seems they're all in the back rows! It has three up front, where you though the display could go (one small, two oversized). It has also 4 bottle/can holders, 2 on each door. The middle row has like 10 (2 back of the front console, 2 front of the rear console, 2 open lid/tray on the rear console, plus 4 on the doors =10. Third row has only 4 or 6 I guess. LOL
Now that slide out tray idea is pure genius. Never thought of that. I'm not a big fan of the console there, but you may have removed one big thing out of my mind. I have a spare slide out tray, maybe I could adapt there, if there's enough room somewhere. Very good idea anyway! :)
Nah, I measured, it's not going to work in anyway (the slide out cupholders). It can slide out from the sides, nor from over the screen. I could probably built two in the bottom, but that particular tablet is too wide even in portrait mode (about 1/2"). But if I decide to use a regular screen, maybe a 10.4" it would fit.
So the other day I had a big test: wife was driving, and I brought my contraption with me for her to check it out. I'm talking about this provisional mount in the ashtray-over-cupholder-thing on the previous page.
While she was driving, I was reading a magazine, with software from Zinio.com. If you have a tablet you cannot miss the Popular Mechanics article: "How I built a DIY Kindle". Lots of tips on the basics, including comic reader, the above magazine reader, a e-book converter (Amazon to Sony to e-book to iPhone, etc.), and obviously Kindle for PC software.
Anyway, I had two surprises. The thing didn't wobble much, I was expecting it to be all over the place. It did wobble of course, specially if you use the buttons/stylus. I brought an old (clean) sock with me, fitted it around the ashtray, and most of the wobble was gone...interesting. But when you touch the thing, it would still wobble a bit.
Second surprise, the wife actually like it a lot. Much more visible than my 7" Xenarc in the FX, she said. I thought she was going to complain about not looking stock, and she was actually thinking if she could use the same base to fit her future iPad. Sure, I said, why not? LOL
Actually that's a pretty good idea. Since I have this slid-and-lock thing, I could find a vesa 75x75 mm mount for the iPad, or adapt one of those shiny docks, et voilą, iPad on the truck. Cool idea. This is getting interesting by the day.
I also need to post some shots on why I chose this tablet in the first place. It cost less than a puny 7" Transflective screen, it's much bigger at 12.1", it is transflective (how exactly, check the Motion Computing website), and it also has a 1.5GHz Core 2 Duo to boot...so what's not to like? I have yet to post some pictures of the screen in the sun by itself, from various angles, comparing it with a notebook or whatever screen at hand.
To give you guys an idea, here's the screen under direct sunlight coming from the side windows, behind the car and a bit from the sun roof. The screen is dirty, and the shots were taken with a P&S, so exposure range is limited. I took also shots of the stock NAV screen, for comparison: same day, same sun, and the Tablet is so much better.
Here is the Tablet. Note the bezel washing out on both sides, the bezel was reflecting the sun on both sides (the sun was not exactly coming from the side, but from behind too), but the screen was not reflecting much, if at all.
A close up, again, note the bezel. Ignore the paw prints, of course. I should have cleaned the screen a bit.
Now compare the above pictures with the OEM NAV, which completes washes out where the sun hits it directly.
Note that perhaps due to this being a P&S camera (Panasonic Lumix with a Leica lens, but still), the exposure range and the color rendition were not perfect. In reality both screens looked better than depicted. However, the shots were taken seconds apart while the car was moving around, as you can see by the CF clock.
One of the disadvantages of this particular screen is that it is a fingerprint magnet. However, I just bought a great AG screen protector (Writeshield, a tad expensive, but I was told totally worth it. I'm considering buying one for the Xenarc) that completely removes the issue and it's said to improve sunlight readability even more (perhaps exactly because of that), all that while keeping the paper texture that is so important for tablets.
All Right! Another Convert!
Heh, I guess so. Big screens are great - I can actually see the pictures of my album convers in my playlists!
Big 12.1" sunlight readable screens are addictive! (and with a core2duo in the back to boot! - no Atom here).
I still can't believe I have all this functionality for the same price as a sunlight readable tiny puny screen.
So I'm going to try to build a more permanent and stable solution to hang that big screen up front, while keeping the cup holders functionality and overall view of the dash.
What's encouraging is that part for this car keeps popping up on ebay everywhere. It shares a lot with the Toyota Tundra pickup which sells a lot. I could buy the whole console used but in excellent condition for less that the cost of an ashtray for the Infiniti. I had to cut my overhead console in the Infiniti ($180.00 part I hope), but that's okay, all the other options were even more expensive. I still haven't find any on ebay. I can buy the whole interior on the Sequoia twice if I wanted too...LOL
So that's very encouraging. I felt like modding the Infiniti I had to use gloves everytime, for fear of scratching and damaging some very expensive plastic (but they're also very hard to scratch so...) just to run some cables. This truck? I feel much more open to possibilities. It's easier to work too, because it's so much bigger.
This is from where my support is going to come:
So this is the plan: an horizontal bar supporting the RAM mount base with the 1.5"ball.
Not sure what's happening with the formatting on my posts...lot's of tags popping around...well, what can I do?
This is the motherboard, actually the dock's board. I bought the dock used on ebay cheap, lots of tabs and screws missing, but the tablet support is fine. And it works fine too.