7 months back, i painstakingly explained the concept of a carputer to a visibly incredulous fellow-nerd while explaining the big humongous hole on the dashboard of my Gypsy! For him it was probably something of an epiphany moment!! Day before yesterday I sat in his car (a Santro) and was shocked to see that the dude had done in this time what i couldnt in 2 years! Humbling experience indeed!
Learning from that, I am thinking of learning from the devil himself and looking at the possibility of using a Samsung Galaxy Tab kinda device as a carputer. The device should mount on the existing 2-DIN (177.8mm x 101.6mm) opening on the dash.
It would ofcourse be much much simpler: no more complicated PSU stuff, and no more wires running all over the place. If we can figure out the mounting part, it would be a much cleaner install!
Here is what i could gather today after visiting 2/3 stores in the morning. Some places have cheaper options. Prices mentioned are the most expensive found today.
|Product||Price INR||Processor||W||H||RAM||SD Stor||Resolution||Size (in)||Contrast||OS||GPS||GPRS||3G||HDMI||WIFI||Camera||BT||USB|
|HCL ME AE7||10990||ARM 11 800Mhz||205.4||110.92||256MB||8GB||800×480||7||Android 2.2||Y||N||N||N||Y||0.3MP||Y||Y|
|OLIVE VT100||15999||ARM11 600MHz||179.4||110||512MB||64GB||800×480||7||Android 2.1||Y||Y||Y||N||Y||1.3MP||Y||Y|
|HCL ME AM7||22990||ARM Cortex 800Mhz||197||126||512MB||16GB||1080p||7||Android 2.2||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||1.3MP||Y||Y|
|Galaxy P1000||26499||ARM Cortex A8 1Ghz||190||120||64GB||1024×600||7||Android 2.2||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||1.3MP||Y||N|
|ACER A500 XE.H60AN.001||27999||NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core||259||178||64GB||1280×800||10.1||Android 3.0||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||5MP||Y||Y|
|Blackberry Playbook||27000||Cortex A9 1Ghz Dual Core||194||130||1024×600||7||Blackberry OS6||N||N||N||Y||Y||5MP||Y||Y|
What the carputer should do:
I found an android app called Torque mated to work with a Bluetooth based OBD-II device. Looks good!
Will Bluetooth based OBD-II work just as well (or better?) than a USB based one?
Suggestions and guidance towards making a selection would be much appreciated!