Interior Crocodile Alligator: Alison's '07 HHR
this thread title is a reference to a song.
So, this is in infant stage right now... but I have plans.
- Front display: mounted in centre dash cubby here:
I'm looking at a few trying to decide whether I want to go with a VGA only screen or one that can use HDMI/DVI too. The computer I have now only has VGA out but i want to make upgrades possible.
- Computer: IBM Thinkpad X60 laptop. It's pretty beat up, but still works fine. I will have it after I steal it back from my sister (giving her a HP TC1100 tablet PC!!) I plan to mount it under the passenger seat. It shall run some flavour of Linux.
- Rear displays: Mounted in each headrest, driven by a DisplayLink adapter each. Dual zone rear entertainment with independent UI and independent USB audio adapters, doing something neat with some kind of Linux multi-seat solution in order to enable totally independent UI. This is totally up in the air though, I might end up giving each rear seat passenger their own small PC and having a LAN'd storage, if multi-seat things with Linux end up being unworkably difficult. Damn it, I just passed up a chance to acquire several thin clients for a buck each.
- Audio to front zone: Aux in on factory head unit. I'm going to integrate this kind of loosely for easier migration to different car, and if i lose the factory head unit then I lose warning chimes and trip computer steering wheel controls.
- Internet access: Wifi tether to my Android phone.
If there's anything I missed, in my plans, call me out on it.
Now for the actual work accomplished.
June 23, 2011
Bought a plastic toy crocodile to go with the name of this project.
June 24, 2011
Tore down the dashboard, exploratory surgery to find out good places to route cable. Probably shall leave dash in this torn-down state until actual installation work commences, I'm lazy like that.
The cubby where I shall install the front monitor, only without the cubby assembly in it.
The glove box has been removed. Not sure why I did this, I don't plan on routing anything through or mounting anything in the glove box.
Centre stack trim has been removed, as well as factory head unit and climate controls. This was strictly exploratory, since I plan on sticking with the factory HU. I don't think I am going to route anything up through the front-accessible part of the centre stack. There's planty of space behind it that I can route cable through.
Shots of the laptop and mounting location will come in early July; my sister is currently on vacation with the X60, I need to steal it from her and give her the TC1100.