SatNav Android integration - interim project update

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SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by danmiddle2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:03 am

Far from finished, but here is a video showing my progress so far on integrating an Android tablet into the original screen.

http://youtu.be/M_-dhHsO5s4

Next step is to get the stepper motor working with the buttons so it behaves as originally intended.

Let me know what you think.

Dan

Some links to the programs used - full how to will follow when I am done!
Apex - https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... r&hl=en_GB
Car dashdroid - https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... d&hl=en_GB
Tomtom - https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... d&hl=en_GB
Dashcommand - https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... d&hl=en_GB
Torque - https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... e&hl=en_GB
Tasker - https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... m&hl=en_GB
Secure settings - https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... n&hl=en_GB
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by Stuart Truman » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:15 am

Time to use the word as it should be...

Awesome!

Really well done, that looks really promising.
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by Mafoo » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:17 am

Excellent. I had been planning to do exactly the same thing but have been unable to source a donor shell.

I will be following this with interest :ugeek:
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by JamieT » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:23 am

Thanks, interesting to see it coming together.

Any plans to hook up to the steering wheel controls? (eg via ibus)
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by danmiddle2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:29 am

Mafoo wrote:Excellent. I had been planning to do exactly the same thing but have been unable to source a donor shell.

I will be following this with interest :ugeek:
I will document a full howto when I am done and you can pick and choose ideas from that. The interesting part is going to be getting the stepper motor to work, but I have ordered an Arduino board and stepper motor controller, so this should be do-able. I will base the triggers on the buttons and an ignition live.

In terms of the Huawei Ascend Mate, I really couldn't find a better candidate (annoyingly I paid £350 for mine imported, but they are now on Vodafone PAYG for £250). The on screen buttons stay on the right hand side (close to the driver!), but rotate so they don't look messy when on their side. This is better than having a bar across the bottom (ala Nexus 7) where the buttons are in effect recessed too low into the dash to be easily usable.

In terms of fitting, there is a slight gap. It's not correctly fitted in the video... but when permanently fitted in the housing there is ~1mm top and bottom and ~1.8mm either side. This is plain black though, so I don't think it's an issue. Also, when sitting centrally, the angle reduces the visibility of any gap at the sides.

When I am finished - you're welcome to have the dummy phone. It's proved ery useful for cutting things in the housing / using as a template.
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by danmiddle2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:33 am

Stuart Truman wrote:Time to use the word as it should be...

Awesome!

Really well done, that looks really promising.
Thanks - updates may be a little slow, but I'll post progress when I have any.
JamieT wrote:Thanks, interesting to see it coming together.

Any plans to hook up to the steering wheel controls? (eg via ibus)
It already works with the steering wheel controls for audio, but this is via Bluetooth A2DP - nothing too clever there.

I am interested in the potential for having a way of scrolling through the screens without having to rely on the touchscreen (ala BMW iDrive)... but tbh, this isn't going to be practical as all of the apps I am using would need to support the same mechanism and be able to play nicely with eachother. We'll see though, the advantage of a platform like Android is that I can build on this as options become available.

All the best,

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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by J4YMO » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:47 am

Looks really good - would love something similar

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Post by rookie975 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:28 am

Dan, that is absolutely awesome! You've done a great job integrating the tablet, it looks really good. You certainly have some skills to be able to do this...

I'll look forward to further updates, this will be very interesting indeed 8)
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by sk93 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:36 am

just out of interest.. where did you manage to find the monitor casing?
I'm guessing you can't just order the plastics from a stealer?
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by danmiddle2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:39 am

sk93 wrote:just out of interest.. where did you manage to find the monitor casing?
I'm guessing you can't just order the plastics from a stealer?
Got to give credit to Paul (Rookie975) on that one. He replaced his nav screen and let me have his old one for a bargain as he was curious to see how I got on with the project.
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by aquazi » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:56 am

Wow that is awesome :thumbsup:


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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by danmiddle2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:57 am

JamieT wrote:Thanks, interesting to see it coming together.

Any plans to hook up to the steering wheel controls? (eg via ibus)
Just been looking into this and it appears I could use it to control radio functions etc, if I hook up to iBus. Something like this might be an interesting part of the project http://www.startercircuits.com/
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by Ben Cole » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:52 am

That's great. I see you're using Tasker. Is that what is initiating the state of the tablet on start up etc?

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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by danmiddle2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:54 am

Ben Cole wrote:That's great. I see you're using Tasker. Is that what is initiating the state of the tablet on start up etc?
Yes - a combo of tasker and a few plugins.
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Re: SatNav Android integration - interim project update

Post by RichIbizaSport » Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:20 pm

Great progress, thanks for sharing. I've been looking to do this for a while now, I've been on the look out for broken sat nav screens for an eternity! I wish the damn thing would break more frequently :P
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