"Modular" car computer install 1999 Ranger w/ RPi and Android
Work is in the bench testing stage, but I have most of the components and Im getting close to get everything working.
Basically, it will be a raspberry pi build running xbmc that is controlled by a 4" android phone. the 7" screen in the dash will NOT be touch control. (i have found its easier to hold a touchscreen phone in your hand and use wifi remote apps).
-Raspberry Pi model B
-160GB usb hdd drive connected to pi. for now. waiting for large ssd's to become cheap.
-9" hdmi monitor in the dash, with an hdmi switch added to it
-4.3" dual core android phone that has good hdmi output, in case i want gps or netflix on the 9" screen. phone is main remote control for the pi too. can control anywhere within wifi range, or i can use my cellphone to control it anywhere over internet.
-likely use the smart dc-dc controller i have to control power on/off for all this stuff. whats neat is, the phone and pi consume a whopping 1000ma at worst, so i should be able to set the hard shutoff time to 24 hours or so.
-router/s. the more i think of it, i will need two routers because i dont want the hassle of tethering my phone to the pi via usb. it seems like it works ok, but wifi tethering happens without me even taking my phone out of my pocket. so i need a 2.4ghz channel to connect to my remote control phone, and another 2.4ghz channel to get wifi tethering from my carrier phone. and the last thing i want is to be dependant on having my carrier phone with me at all times. this way, if i forget my phone, all i lose is internet.
i also have dlna working from my house to the pi, so if i ever have a problem with the local storage i still have a chance that way. that's the whole point of this modular system. multiple os's and component devices create options. and since this is android and xbmc, its not like youre going to have a ton of issues....