2000- peugeot 306 a car Pc from france!
(sorry if my english is poor, i'll do my best for this!)
I've been planning to build a pc for my car for a while now, but i had no time and not enough skills to realize it. Right after i had my diploma in industrial computing i decided to start thinking seriously about it, i don't want to have just a computer which can play music or videos, i want this project to be a complete on board computer, wich would be connected to a lot of stuff, let's see what i want it to do:
- playing music, video
- acces to internet
- displaying webcams (front/rear/interior?)
- displaying car data (rpm, Km/h, probes data, etc)
- displaying car error data
- control the air conditionner
- save severals data (videos from webcam, probes, etc...)
now that i know what i want, i can think about the interface:
- touch screen
- NO keyboard or mouse
Because there is not any free space in my dashboard to include the Touch-LCD, i decided to take the A/C commands away for my LCD, thats how its looks like now:
and thats what it should looks like after:
as you can see, i have to remove the three commands (fan speed, heat and wind direction) and the two buttons (A/C and recirculation)
i wanted to see what was behind there and began unmount the dashboard:
the good news is: it's pretty empty behind there!
let's see what's behin the commands now:
WOW i thought it would be less complicated! whatever, i saw what i wanted: three potentiometers which corresponds to the three commands (red arrows), the goal is to replace them by my interface card output. But that's not for now.
now that i can fit my LCD, the big question is: how to control the PC?
you'll probably say "with your touchScreen, stupid!" and you're right... BUT i already have a touchscreen in my car: my iphone, and i can tell you that moving the menus and keep an eye on the road is not easy at all... i had to find something else (of course the touchScreen will still be useful).
That's why i cam whith the idea of the NunChunk, you know the little remote wich comes with the WiiMote?
it has some interesting features, as:
- a joystick
- two buttons
- a 3 axis accelerometer
and the best thing is: i've already have one!
Now i'm ready to start, and the first (and probably the biggest) thing i want to do is my own frontend. I want it to be:
- as good looking as possible
- as ergonomic as possible
with those ideas, i start photoshoping and programming. the main menu is done and the audio player is in a good lane, the nunchunk is functionnal, the "touch" fonctions too (i don't have the touchscreen yet, my mouseclick will act as a finger Touch :p )
let's see what it looks like:
the main menu:
the audio player (still in construction)
tomorrow i'll make a video to show you the thing in motion.
that's it for tonight!