Thanx for your comments/feedback.
The screen is very readable, and out of the way, not detracting at all from my driving experience. It is quite easy to do GPS adresses, etc, as I am right-handed.
My UTE's windows are tinted the darkest that was allowed (factory tint), and view from outside (when on) is not at all that visible - when the setup is off, you have to get clos to the window to see what's happening on the inside.
I don't have pics, but will take some soon and post them for you, ok?
Same goes for the Ford LCD hooked up to the VGA-CGA, don't have pics of it on, but will re-install and take some pics.
As I mentioned a long time ago, I have an 4:3 8" screen too, and am now seriously considering using it's superior display area, and mount it in-dash (but still adjustable) and use it for Carputer display.
I need to pick up a spare fascia from Fadi at ASL later in the week, as I am off to NSW for the 1st few days, and then the real work starts - to create a decent factory looking lcd install - which, as you yourself knows, will be a challenge with the ICC mounted where it is.
But, I have a good plan, let's see if I can pull it off......
Will keep you posted.
Continued Worklog... Upgrades in progress:
*15.4" WXGA LED backlight touchscreen upgrade
*Custom fiberglass dash bezel
Ok, some small developements:
I have finally purchased a licensed version of CentraFuse frontend to use with my Carputer. Works quite well, and have to give credit to Dave and the team for the work they have put into this, thanx Guys.
I have my mobile setup and working, SatNav doing great, both Autoenginuity and PCMSCAN as embedded OBD-II applications - I can see all sensors on my car, nice.....
Then, I received my new Carnetix 2140 DC-DC startup/shutdown controller to control the MacMini system - why did I need the Carnetix 2140 if I already have a Carnetix P1900, and M2-ATX controllers? Well, simple, really - the new 2140 comes with an USB interface, and very neat PSUmoni software, indicating all voltage levels, current consumption (and calculated wattage usage) of the PSU, you can do firmware upgrades with this s/ware, and set all delays via the GUI.
Then, I am awaiting the delivery of my SpaceTraveler, manufactured by 3d Connexion. It is a wonderful little input device, and will work beautifully with my Carputer setup, literally negating a touchscreen input device - which I have, but it is easier (and safer) using this device.
Something else I have been considering is the location of the MacMini, somehow I don't like it to much in the glove-compartment, so I found a new location for it - watch this space to see where it will be located - I will most likely post new pics on the coming weekend, but it's going to look nice.
As a hint, the factory cupholders will go.....
I am also still considering mounting the 4:3 8" LCD, and relocating the existing factory LCd to where the tissuebox holder are located.
Will think about this one a little....
Will keep you posted.
Ha, so I am quite happy
Just received confirmation that I have won the unit off Ebay, for the handsome sum of US $140-, plus additional US $27.50 for shipping = US $167.50.
Nice, if you consider they usually sell for US $199- in the States, over in Oz it will cost me a nice AUD $399- to get my hands on one - 3d Connexion will not sell outdie the US to privates, you have to use their agents in your country.
So, I am happy, still a lot to pay for essentially what is going to be a fancy mouse in my car, but, we are modders, what must be done must be done
Ok, a small progress report.
I am still awaiting delivery of my SpaceTraveler, should most likely have it by Monday or Tuesday.
In the meantime, I made some excellent progress with my frontend, CentraFuse, and the integrated PhoneControl software. As the few who managed to get their mobiles to work in handsfree mode with a frontend can confess, it is a bit of an effort to get it going.
Well, mine is fully functional.
I can now receive calls with a compuiterized voice notifying me who is calling, by reading the caller's name. I can set the frontend to automatically answer, or I can click on the LCD to answer the call. I can make calls, all by never touching the phone, just through the Carputer's touchscreen. The AudioGateway on the bluetooth stack works like a dream.
I am using a Plantronics 300 USB mic, and a Gigabyte GN-BT03D bluetooth dongle. For the Ozzie blokes, these 2 items are available from PcCaseGear in South Oakleigh, Victoria. Chat to Travis or Troy.
The Gigabyte dongle comes bundled with IVT Soleil drivers, but I used Widcomm version 220.127.116.110 bluetooth stack to get full functionality of the Audio Gateway - the IVT Soleil drivers don't play nice.
So, all in all a good afternoon's work, the GPS is working like a dream with the embedded Destinator6 software, my OBD-II interfaces working as expected (and better than), so little remains to be done.
I have decided to relocate the carputer, but will only do so once I receive the new input device.
Luckily for me, 99.9% of the software is running as it should, and little remains to be done on that front.
a Carputer project differs from a normal system, in where the software is what makes/breaks the setup. You want as much hands-off as you can get away with, and I have very much succeeded.
You should see my colleagues faces at work when we drive, and someone calls, and the seq of events...hehe - the looks on their faces is priceless. Carputer sound is routed via aux input (mobile handset input) on my carsound system, so when a call comes in, it will mute caraudio, and unmute after - same with GPS directions.
All I still need to do is train the carputer SAM software to recognize my voice, so I can do commands to CentraFuse like Main Display or GPS Display, New Route, or Zoom in or Out, etc..... 1/2 hour's work, and it would be 90% hands-off.
I could even forward/rewind songs, advance to the next- or previous track, etc.....nice.
Let me know what you think of this setup.
I will post some screendumps of the CF displays once I have SAM working.
thank you sir for sharing your experinces to date,
I have all the components ie mac mini, 1900, vga convertor and the audio lead with amp.
I'm running boot camp with xp, I will be fitting shortly to my F6 Typhoon.
A couple of questions if I may
I take it the built in MAC bluetooth is not up to running the phone software
What model cellphone you having your success with.
Enjoy your ride, and keep us posted....
I am using the Nokia 6233, but most Nokias should work.
I could get the hands-free working with the Apple build-in Bluetooth, but only the headphones, not the mic.
So, I guess I might get it working with onboard, but I know the Gigabyete one I am using has standard Widcomm driver support, even though it ships with IVT Soleil.......
There's a fair bit of hacking involved using the Apple onboard BT with Widcomm......and no guarantees.....
Good luck with your project, would like to see the progress