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    The Connected Car 2.0 - I'm back at it.

    My current setup is starting to get old and it's been too long since I've had the fun of building a car pc. For my next setup I'm aiming to crank up the efficiency, get rid of boot times, and bring in more connectedness.

    Screw x86. Power is more than I*V
    x86 can never meet my always-on power requirements. This time around I'm not maintaining two car pcs. I'm going with a single always-on arm based pc. I give you, the pandaboard: http://pandaboard.org/

    It packs a dual core ARM cortex A9, a gig of ram, 1080p video and sub-10watt power consumption. I'm replacing the sheeva plug and my amd-based system with this bad boy in one fell swoop. I'm still experimenting with which linux distribution I'll be throwing on it. My bootup time will be the amount of time it takes the touch screen to turn on.

    I'll also be able to get rid of the wireless router in the car since I can use the panda's built-in wifi as an access point.

    Storage for the pandaboard is limited to an sd card or usb device. I'm going to be sinful here and stick a 120gb SSD in a usb enclosure. Yes, an ssd in a usb enclosure, it's sad. I'm not looking for performance though, I'm just cutting down on the watts and moving parts.


    More control, faster
    Right now, my sheevaplug works 24/7 at 90% cpu cranking through the extremely inefficient instructions from the fusion-brain automation application I wrote last year. This revision will be using my new application that you can find in my signature. This revision brings ajax to the table and I'll also be developing an android app, maybe an iphone app too. I'm also upping my game to the Fusion Brain v6, since every once in a while I need to give my FBv4 a kick since it runs 24/7.


    Louder Please
    This part of the plan isn't finalized yet, but I intend to replace my two blow 10" subs with a 15" sub and 2 8" subs.


    Catch me if you can
    I'm going to put in an escort qi45 discrete radar detector with laser shifting capabilities. http://www.escortradar.com/qi45/ I'm hoping to us it's external LED feature to interface with the fusion brain and trigger rules such as lowering the music.


    Organization
    This time around, I'd like to get rid of my tame rats nest and replace it with neatly organized cable management. We'll see how it plays out.


    I love Lights
    I really do. I intend to redo my underglow, door handle lights, and interior lights with addressable RGB LED strips. This way I can control every bulb individually and make patterns and potentially even visualize with the music (while parked of course).



    Hopefully I'll have this project complete by afkfest this year. I'll post pictures of what I've already done soon.
    My Nearly Complete Car:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...ed-car-pc.html

    Micro Control Center... Control Your Car Across the Internet
    http://www.mp3car.com/fusion-brain/1...-internet.html

    Website: (It's a work in progress, really. All my projects have taken me from ever really developing it.)
    http://paulfurtado.com/

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    PaulF,

    Have you looked at Meego yet (not that I'm pushing it, lots of things about how they are going about things)? But it's already aimed at the car and has *promised* features that aren't included with other distros (specifically hfdialing). Since it's still just linux, you can tweak it just like any other distro...

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    I'm in for this one! I can't find the ideal mix of computer always on and battery never running out! My next generation system won't need the full windows computer experience, and I think I'll be leaving the entire front end tasking to an ipad or my iphone, shouldn't be hard to use either / or. Wouldn't a large SD card be much faster for the storage and OS ?? Where we're going, we don't need lots of storage...
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    Interesting stuff...subscribded.

    Have you thought about Android tablets?

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    Hey Paul,

    I may give you a run for your money......
    The low budget model ! 2005 F-150
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    • -Custom fiberglass console, CB,Interfaced OBDII
    • -In-dash multimedia w/ bluetooth
    • -Piconet PAN & Wifi Edge internet
    • -Advantech relay board, Pololu microcontrollers w/servos
    • -Embedded Axim palmtop w/backup GPS

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Interesting stuff...subscribded.

    Have you thought about Android tablets?
    He could just run pandroid on the pandaboard.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH5wJVtQHe8

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    Subscribed!

    You can bet I'll be watching this thread for developments.

    Glad to see you continuing to push the envelope, Paul!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daclothe View Post
    He could just run pandroid on the pandaboard.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH5wJVtQHe8
    But since I have the arm running tablets, I'd like to benefit from his code and findings!

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    welcome back paul. I just came to this site from the pandaboards website, lol. A few issues you may run into... support for resistive egalax screens in Linux is terrible. It's even worse on ARM. (Yes, that includes android). That's my biggest hang-up with the pandaboard, an otherwise decent board, but we can't get it to run with many of our touchscreens.

    That said, I hear there are xorg.conf tweaks that can make it work. I know a guy who got his lilliput to work with the beagleboard-xm. Also, maybe you have a touchscreen with a different controller that works? nasa, is your screen still available on the market?

    There are a few people that have meego core running on the pandaboard and there are many pushing the pandaboard as a candidate for future MeeGo IVI ARM development platform.

    Finally, are you planning on going it alone on the software this time? It'd be cool to collaborate on stuff to make it useful to us other geeks.
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    Sorry tripzero,

    I looked on ebay for the monitor setup I am using, and it doesn't seem to be listed. The capacitive screen is a 3M (I will have to look it up if you want specifics).

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