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Sure that is not going to take someone's head off in an accident? Just saying.
 

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Sure that is not going to take someone's head off in an accident? Just saying.
my setup? i usually dont have anything on the screen just black when music is playing so it doesnt bother me and if i have something on the screen it dims down so its not bright and crazy. planning on using it for the torque app also (mainly for fun since im not boosted). again in person it looks no different than someone with a GPS unit in the middle of the windshield and shit hanging from there rear view mirror along with all the wires. to plug the gps into/phone holder. its a 7in tablet. i dont think i have personally seen a navi housing in person yet but cant imagine its any worse that that.
 

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Nope. It wasn't directed at anyone in particular. Just food for your thoughts. Safety first. A 7" tablet hanging 2 feet from your head held on by suction cup may not be wisest idea in an accident regardless of what is on the display. It seems to me many tablets are heavier than 4.3" PND's. I looked into doing this a while ago. Personally, I wouldn't use a suction mount and would have used the US navi housing (which is 7"). I didn't move forward with my project as I couldn't find an easy way to integrate everything into the audio system.
 

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From behind. Its not hanging from windshield. I understand safety and an accident can happen at any time. But I'm not going to not do something that may never happen. I also didn't do the navi housing because this setup cost me maybe $25 and I can remove and use the tablet since I do use it outside of my car. The housing along with everything I need to make it work would of cost a lot more than that and I would have to find a way to remove the tablet so I can use it. The amount I actually use my tablet in the car in not too worried. But I do understand where you come from.
 

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If you look at his pictures from earlier, you'll see that it's screwed down underneath the felt for the pocket.
 

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I was going to go the tablet mounting in factory housing but couldn't find a tablet small enough with bluetooth built in. also the fact that battery will be a major issue in direct sunlight will overheat a lot. changed plans and went with 7" touchscreen with hdmi input and rocking an Android on a stick MK808b
still working out the kinks but concept works

here is a teaser video.

http://youtu.be/HAd_klB_NmM
 

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I'm a little confused. So in the video you are using the Android on a stick (I've seen a few of those). How did you get the touch screen to work with that? To my understanding you have to install software for it all to work?

Also I'd love to see some daytime pics of your setup! Actually....I might want to copy it ha ha. But the biggest thing is no GPS, I wonder if I can use the USB GPS deal on the android stick.
 

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specOne: That is totally what I am going for! Though I'm not 100% sure what my final "brain" will be. Initially it will be a 10" XOOM I have lying around. The Odroid X2 or U2 sound really tempting, though adding GPS may be tricky. What touchscreen are you using?

I just finally got an update on the status of the touchscreen I'm going for, and it looks like it will be a few weeks out. I can't wait to get this thing in my possesion so I can actually do something with it and post more than "I'm totally going to do this!"
 

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I may have to go this road now. It seems like that theres some of them have bluetooth, so BT to GPS sounds good.
 

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yes one i have is has bluetooth. gps tether to bluetooth is one idea for gps.
screen is an samsung touchscreen just worked right out the bad when plugged in through usb, but it thinks its a mouse and not touchscreen like how phone works
I will make a thread soon enough when i get further in with kinks worked out. screen is a samsung one supposedly with a control board attached for touch.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1u-Z5IjKlE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsFRp4boEAc
 

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Ah sweet! So the screen has a HDMI input and USB input. You plugged it in and it was good to go. I guess that makes sense as well. I know that on the MK808's you can use a powered USB hub to add more to it as well.

So MK808B + Finless Rom (for location settings), BT GPS dongle, touch screen seem like a winning combination.
 

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Spec:

Do you know the model number of that screen? I think I'm going to order one today....
 

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The plan for me right now is:

MK908 + Finless Rom ( Location Setting and Mass Storage Device )
Powered USB Hub
Touch Screen: 7" 1280x800 USB+HDMI
USB GPS Dongle ( BU-353 looks to be my best bet )
64GB Flash Drive ( Music Storage )

TPLink MR3040 Mobile Broadband Router + Work's Verizon 3G card for Internet. ( I already have the router that I carry in my backpack. I may consider getting a 3020 ( Same thing, but no battery ) for dedicated use in the car, and just have the USB port handy so that I can add and remove the USB stick as needed. I've tried messing with offline maps, but in my tests it still didn't seem to do what I wanted to without an internet connection.

Also looking into a USB ODB II input.

The thing that would be nice is if there was a way to connect your phone to the tablet to make calls. But really, I have a little bluetooth speaker on my visor that will work, or if I REALLY wanted to, I could get the grom unit with bluetooth. ( Or go a different head unit route, which I'm trying to avoid for now )
 

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How do you plan to address the audio?

I was just thinking about ordering everything then it hit me....how the heck are we going to do audio? Originally I was going to use my 3.5mm port, but with that setup, audio will be going through HDMI instead.
 

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How do you plan to address the audio?

I was just thinking about ordering everything then it hit me....how the heck are we going to do audio? Originally I was going to use my 3.5mm port, but with that setup, audio will be going through HDMI instead.
I can't speak for SpecOne's setup, but the touchpad that I am ordering decodes the HDMI stream and output's it to a 2.5mm connector. I'm guessing that SpecOne's is similar.

After that I will go in stages. Stage One "The ghetto stage" involves plugging in a tape adapter to the connector. Later I will either get a Grom unit, or another head unit, and have a proper AUX.

this is the screen I ordered, keep in mind it was a pre-order and I have yet to receive the thing. Shop | Chalkboard Electronics
 

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Man that is cheap! I was looking at a few other ones and none of them are really what I'm looking for :(
 

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This is the setup i Have

Samsung 7" LED LCD Touch Monitor Kit Out Door Industrail Grade Sunlight Viewable | eBay

I am getting audio to my radio through bluetooth instead of actual audio cable.
My reasoning for Bluetooth was so I have AVRCP Control from my stereo for Music applications.


I have not seen any USB GPS dongle work with Android, If you guys figure out one do share. I have plugged in a Microsoft one that works for PC but Android does not know what to do with it.

Also want to let people aware the the touchscreen acts as a mouse for android so you get a cursor and I do not know why but I cannot touch the edge of the screen, it will not respond so I also using a Airmouse (Mele F10) to navigate in conjunctions with the Touchscreen. I am thinking of getting a trackball mouse and mount in ashtray area.
 

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this is the screen I ordered, keep in mind it was a pre-order and I have yet to receive the thing. Shop | Chalkboard Electronics
I have seen that screen it looks really nice as it is capacitive touch.
I considered scrapping my screen and going for that one but I don't wanna throw more money in the project as I might actually sell my car in the next couple of months but I wanted to get this project out of my system as it has been in my mind for way too long.

Let us know how the screen is. I am definitely interested in it, Maybe if I decide to keep my car I will upgrade to that one also.
 
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