car computer MOD

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by fantastk1, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. fantastk1

    fantastk1 Guest

    I was presented with a job offer, and I’m not sure if its feasible or not. I was asked if I could install a 10 1/2 inch touch screen in a car. That is not the problem. The problem is seeing if I can somehow program the touch screen to respond to the car's needs. (e.g. make a "neon" icon, and when touched, it would turn on the neons in the car, etc.) if it is possible, can someone hit me back with a response? Either post here, or e-mail me at [email protected].

    Thanks,
    Alex
     
  2. Scoob_13

    Scoob_13 Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomica

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    Yes, it's possible.
     
  3. Mirlyn

    Mirlyn Guest

    It'd be pretty neat.....I'd imagine something could be controled via serial.
     
  4. fantastk1

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    yeah, if anyone knows how...i'd greatly appreciate it
     
  5. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    how much programming experience do you have writing gui apps? You'll definately want to have some good skills under your belt before jumping into this. I'm not sure what your requirements are, but it might not be as simple as writing a small VB app running on windows or whatever. What kind of hardware are you going to use, etc.
     
  6. Astro

    Astro Code Monkey

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    Yup - you're going to need to have a computer interface with the various systems of the car (relays to parallel/serial ports and/or go USB which is a digital animal). Then you'll have to create a custom interface to it all. It can be done, but it quite the challenge.
     
  7. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    i need a gig like this! :wtc:
     
  8. Rob

    Rob OT Supporter

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    This sounds like a serious project, but can definately be done.
     
  9. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    :werd: its not a job I would want to do, but it would be pimp to have in the car.
     
  10. crotchfruit

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    it's really just a question of how much money you want to spend.

    for example, you can buy a complete PIII-based system with full data acquisition circuitry that resides on a single 8" x 5" PCB:

    http://www.diamondsystems.com/products/herculesebx

    which can be used to monitor and control a ton of shit. It would run you about a grand, maybe more.
     
  11. dimins

    dimins I'll bring the beers ... OT Supporter

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    and it's not just the programming aspect. You'll need a lot of circuit design and engineering knowledge as well. It's a lot of work ...
     
  12. DatacomGuy

    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    That'd be a neat project.
     
  13. Blindsight

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    That would be really fun and not that hard (well, compared to other electronics shit)... If you can build a computer, use visual basic, and wire up some relays, it wouldn't be that hard at all. Here are some sites I would start looking at:

    mini-itx.com
    dc2dc.com
    http://www.ontrak.net/products.htm - my friend has one of these boards and it's really easy to use in visual basic

    Have fun! :wavey:
     
  14. fantastk1

    fantastk1 Guest

    thanks all for your help, ill hopefully get some pics up on the site of the finished product :x:
     
  15. Blindsight

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    just as long as it says "DANGER TO MANIFOLD" really big when he shoots his NOS, its cool with me :cool: :big grin:
     
  16. CompiledMonkey

    CompiledMonkey New Member

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    Wow, that sounds like an awesome project. I would love to do something like that.
     

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