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    A co-worker of mine has asked me to build him a carputer. He has a short and simple list of things he'd like it to be able to do:

    1) OBD2 interface. Gauges and live data a must, tuning if possible.
    2) GPS navigation with automatic updating.
    3) Wi-Fi connectivity with built-in hotspot.
    4) Web browsing including YouTube.
    5) DVD player.
    6) Pandora
    7) Jarvis skinned interface voice command interface (think Rainmeter HUD + Siri)
    8) HUD projector on dash to display choice of gauges on windshield.

    So, the real question here isn't if this is possible. It's really all a matter of details. The real question is; Am I insane for trying to actually do it? lol
    The second question is should I be considering using RaspberryPi(s) to accomplish this in-dash or just build a MiniITX system to mount under the seat?

    ...and yes, I already know I'm insane, but I meant for this reason specifically.

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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    Quote Originally Posted by HyperactiveSloth View Post
    A co-worker of mine has asked me to build him a carputer. He has a short and simple list of things he'd like it to be able to do:

    1) OBD2 interface. Gauges and live data a must, tuning if possible.
    2) GPS navigation with automatic updating.
    3) Wi-Fi connectivity with built-in hotspot.
    4) Web browsing including YouTube.
    5) DVD player.
    6) Pandora
    7) Jarvis skinned interface voice command interface (think Rainmeter HUD + Siri)
    8) HUD projector on dash to display choice of gauges on windshield.

    So, the real question here isn't if this is possible. It's really all a matter of details. The real question is; Am I insane for trying to actually do it? lol
    The second question is should I be considering using RaspberryPi(s) to accomplish this in-dash or just build a MiniITX system to mount under the seat?

    ...and yes, I already know I'm insane, but I meant for this reason specifically.
    Crazy build... the only thing missing is a coffeemaker.
    MiniITX should be your choice.

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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smiki007 View Post
    Crazy build... the only thing missing is a coffeemaker.
    MiniITX should be your choice.
    And one flat enough to slide in under a seat or mount in the trunk of his car

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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    these are already made, and old for a few typs of cars. you might look into what is already in use for thought provocation
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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    I think you are bat sh*t crazy but that has nothing to do with this project.


    I think it will be a very difficult endeavor but overall very possible. We already know that individually each of those items is possible to install in a car or truck. The hardest part will be to integrate them in a single solution without creating bottlenecks, conflicts or heat in a confined space.

    Will it be manually turned on each time?
    Will you setup a shutdown (correctly) command when the power source has been removed. Basically when the key is turned off will he have to remember to shut the pc off or will it hard shutdown the pc?
    I have more questions but Ill ask those later.

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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    I think it is a cool idea. Also think it all can be done. But I belive like Sandy said. Can it all be shut down at the same time. I think yes. But you will have to have like a fuse box in a car.Everything will need to be wired into one place. With the startup button there.

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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    I would hate to think of the time and money allotted for this project, and the hit and misses involved.
    Its going to have to be very well thought out project, with the plan on paper before you even think of starting it.
    To start with I'm thinking a separate power source (battery) tied into the cars generator with the systems start button or wake up on the dash.

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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    Quote Originally Posted by calemus View Post
    these are already made, and old for a few typs of cars. you might look into what is already in use for thought provocation
    Best suggestion so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    I think you are bat sh*t crazy but that has nothing to do with this project.


    I think it will be a very difficult endeavor but overall very possible. We already know that individually each of those items is possible to install in a car or truck. The hardest part will be to integrate them in a single solution without creating bottlenecks, conflicts or heat in a confined space.

    Will it be manually turned on each time?
    Will you setup a shutdown (correctly) command when the power source has been removed. Basically when the key is turned off will he have to remember to shut the pc off or will it hard shutdown the pc?
    I have more questions but Ill ask those later.

    Let build this thing!!!!!
    Glad to see you're aware of my mental state. :P

    As far as power on and shut down management I thought of using something like this M4-ATX, intelligent ATX automotive power supply, 6/30V - power your PC in a car. with a little tweaking. If I can have everything running directly off the ITX board and powered by that PSU then this would be ideal (USBs, USBs everywhere!). lol
    The HUD is the biggest unknown and may be the one thing that I tell him is "not practical to build." I'll just tell him it would add another $300 to the cost and see if he chokes. Even so, I'm still gonna see what it would take to do it. He actually has a spare HUD display unit from his old Grand Prix GTP, but I have yet to see if it would even be modifiable. It may actually be easier to build one than to modify the one he has for all I know. The HUD is going to take the most research to even begin planning, and he did include it in his list as "Optional, but really frikking sweet if I could do it." *sigh* For now I'm gonna keep it in the "It would be nice" pile and work on everything else first, then see if I can graft it on without wanting to jump off a cliff.

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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    Quote Originally Posted by HyperactiveSloth View Post
    Glad to see you're aware of my mental state. :P

    As far as power on and shut down management I thought of using something like this M4-ATX, intelligent ATX automotive power supply, 6/30V - power your PC in a car. with a little tweaking. If I can have everything running directly off the ITX board and powered by that PSU then this would be ideal (USBs, USBs everywhere!). lol
    The HUD is the biggest unknown and may be the one thing that I tell him is "not practical to build." I'll just tell him it would add another $300 to the cost and see if he chokes. Even so, I'm still gonna see what it would take to do it. He actually has a spare HUD display unit from his old Grand Prix GTP, but I have yet to see if it would even be modifiable. It may actually be easier to build one than to modify the one he has for all I know. The HUD is going to take the most research to even begin planning, and he did include it in his list as "Optional, but really frikking sweet if I could do it." *sigh* For now I'm gonna keep it in the "It would be nice" pile and work on everything else first, then see if I can graft it on without wanting to jump off a cliff.
    I think we all are a little nuts. That is why we all get along so well. lol

    Ok cool on the power supply. Little tweaking but I think that is a good start.

    OBD2 is going to be one of the easier things. They sell OBD2 to USB or RS232 modules. They come with display software too!! Now you need to get the speed/rpm to display live.

    The HUD can be a Pico Projector mounted on top of the dash pointed at the windshield. Since you are using a PC the pico could be set as a secondary mirrored display so it appears in the correct orientation on the windshield. The main display can be a smaller touch screen. Either independent or part of the main audio head unit. Hope this makes since.

    The GPS receiver can be added to the PC. USB will be the easiest option but some mini ITX boards has a mini pcie slot that can be used for wifi/BT/GPS adapters. Bluetooth may come in handy later.
    With a 3G/4G Verizon or Sprint adapter internet and aGPS are taken care of. Sharing a connection is easy so that part is done too.

    Personally I think software will be the biggest hangup. You would either need to write a custom interface for all of the features or rely heavily on the touch screen and Windows shortcuts as your launch icons.

    Think I explained what I was thinking correct. Maybe not haha.
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    Odd that I've ended up spending more time checking into the HUD instead of the parts I was going to do before I even started considering it.. hehehe From what I've foun d you can actually make a pretty good HUD from either an LED panel (as in digital display) OR a small LCD screen combined with a Fresnel lens (commonly known as a page magnifier. Ya know, the clear plastic thing you lay on a paper to make it easier to read). The main trade off being that the LEDs show up more clearly and don't obstruct your view, while the screen can obviously make for more elaborate and snazzy looking visuals. The key to using a screen is to have it display what you want to see with high contrast while having a neutral background (normally black) that will not reflect as glare on the windshield.

    This is really piquing my interest now... but I really should be planning out the other details of the main unit first. I'm still trying to decide on a CPU and ITX/MicroATX board. Talk about putting the cart before the horse, eh? Part of me wants to start off with a G3258 on an ITX board with built-in wifi/BT, and the other part of me wants to use the simplest AM1 board I can find with a Semperon to make it cheaper. I think the problem is that I keep thinking "Either one would be more than enough for this purpose, but if for some reason he ends up not liking the results, I could always turn the Pentium and MoBo into a decent mini-PC for him instead." *shrug* I keep going back and forth on the choices. I'm getting nowhere fast! lol

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    The Guys at mini-box makes some good PSU's. I've used their PICO PSU in a mini-ITX build before, and it's rock solid.

    I'd spend a lot of time reading about automotive power before doing this. While the Mini-Box PSU is solid, automotive power is nasty. It generally is 12 VDC of course, but alternators produce pretty dirty DC, with lots of crap on the power as well as quite a lot of variance in the voltage.

    The PSU is designed to handle that, but it might be wise to implement a separate battery between the PC and the car power to allow you to shut down in a controlled manner when the ignition power is cut.

    OS choice is going to be tough as well. I know the temptation is to slap Windows on the hardware and go for it, but I'm thinking a linux distro that you can set up to operate out of RAM would be your best option. Have it load from a Read/Only SD card, and set swap and temp to RAM so that even if it was shut down incorrectly, it would still boot every time. That would also allow you to customize your interface so that you ended up with something car friendly. Think how something like the Chrysler/Dodge Uconnect system works. BIG icons, minimalistic interface.

    Personally, I think this project reeks of danger. Providing some of the capabilities that your friend is asking for, to the DRIVER while the car is in motion scares the hell out of me unless he lives in Rural South Dakota, where the only thing around are the Badlands and occasional buffalo.

    If he wants a HUD, tell him to buy an F16. The Web browsing thing would be fine if it was restricted to the back seat, or you could read the GPS and ensure the car wasn't in motion (same for the DVD for that matter).

    I'd be interested in how it goes if you try it out. There are a number of PC's built for this, but to hit all your targets, I'm thinking you're correct that a custom build is the way to go. I wouldn't use a Pi, but a Minnowboard or Hummingboard might work for some of it. Having said that, the NEW Pi 2 B+ might work too, lots of add on boards (GPS), and it should run a lightweight Linux really fast. Not to mention there are a bunch of off the shelf touchscreen displays for it. Hmmm...

    Technically, there is nothing insurmountable in the project, but I'd be very reluctant to lean forward and implement some of these things due to the risks. I know, I know, you can do all these things on your cell phone while driving, but that's stupid too, and living near DC, I am absolutely certain that if you can think of a dumb thing to do in a car, someone will do it.

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    I am definitely going with some version of Linux.

    I figured that the intelligent PSU's auto-shutdown function made it so that it didn't require a second power source to properly shut down, but if it does I can find a way to provide that pretty easily.

    Don't worry, he's not going to be using most of this while driving. This is actually going in his work truck rather than his daily driver. His second job sends him anywhere and everywhere within 3 counties and he spends a lot of time sitting in the truck waiting for homeowner or after the job planning when and where he's going next. Yes, he actually can do most of this with his smartphone, but being a "car guy" like me, he'd love to have it built in and play around with it.

    I had never considered a RAM install on the ITX route. I'll have to check into that. Yeah, the new Pi 2 B+ is what I'd been considering, but still wasn't sure if it was enough to do everything he wants. I'm going to be building a Pi-based GPS system for my mom before I do the crazy build above so that may give me a better idea of what I'm looking at.

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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    A minnowboard Max might work too. Harder to interface to, since they don't have a lot of daughterboards yet, but I've got one running Linux Mint reasonably well in full xfce desktop mode. That Liva X thing that Sandy reviewed might be a good choice too.

    The PSU may autoshutdown fairly well, and running the OS in RAM would eliminate a lot of risk due unmounting errors with a sudden shutdown, but a battery still might not be a bad idea, or linking the PC to a battery sourced circuit with the PSU looking at the ignition line for power up/power down stuff... Battery power is likely to be cleaner too (cleaner than the direct DC from the Alternator anyway).

    I'll think about it some more when I get my brain wrapped around this timezone...hopefully I won't write so randomly then....lol

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    I wonder how difficult it would be to have something like this 16x24 Red LED Matrix Panel - Chainable HT1632C Driver ID: 555 - $24.95 : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits display the HUD so that I could have both numbers and gauges (bar graph style) on the display without needing to use an actual screen. I haven't ruled out the screen yet, because they aren't all that expensive and the display could be anything I want. I'm just curious how complex the programming for LED matrix is. I'm sure it's pretty simple to display static or timed patterns, but I wonder if translating real-time digital information would be trickier.

    I really have no idea what I'm doing... but then again that's how I've learned everything I know, by doing things anyway and figuring it out as I go.

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    Default Re: Crazy carputer build?

    I dunno. That seems pretty low res. Are you planning on displaying the HUD on the window glass, or on a piece of plexi, or direct display (like a screen)? Using a reflective technique with this LED display would seem pretty tough. Perhaps if it was higher resolution (denser LEDs)...that's a tough one, I dunno.

    Personally, I think it would be easier to use a small LCD, and probably use a browser based interface with some CSS or DHTML coding to dynamically update your gauges/display.

    I do something similar with a RPi at work to show status of our systems. I'm pretty sure you could find some extensions/platforms that allow you to program near realtime displays in a browser window. Then, I'd basically write everything to run in that browser in Kiosk mode (no frame, controls, etc). On boot, the system would launch the browser window in Kiosk mode, and the user would never see the underlying OS. Seems like learning some form of dynamic code for a browser (be it HTML 5, Javascript, Ruby, whatever) would be a lot easier than designing a whole interface from scratch....

    S.

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