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#1 salsheikh

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:41 PM

guys,

 

i have been thinking about getting a cheap android tab (probably a gotab6 or 7 - runs on ICS4) and thought about mounting this into the dash compartment.

 

I was thinking that the tab can then run the Torque app whilst i drive or even google maps etc - similar function to the Nissan GTR, although i dont know if the GTR displays maps!

 

I would have to remove my gauge pod and fit this in its location.

 

It would have to be hinged mounted so that it can be slid into the compartment and when needed you just position this into place.

 

Possible Issues:

 

power - this could be powered using the cig lighter socket - but would only work when the car is running

 

obd2 connection - the tabs dont have bluetooth so would have to be hardwired - obd2 cable with mini usb converter?

 

gps - the tab doesnt have gps which is an issue - maybe another tab then? it has to be small enough for it to fit into the compartment.

 

theft - hidden away into the dash compartment - hence the hinge fitting

 

what do you think?



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:01 PM

Don't know anything about fitting etc or any of the tablets you mentioned but I do have one of THESE GPS, Bluetooth, 64GB memory etc It can multi-task as well ie Plays music whilst maps are showing etc  ;)  

 

Worth a look. 



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

I keep looking for dash mounts but cant find anything, you only seem to be able to get the Windscreen mounts.

 

Alternatively you could buy a windscreen mount, and perhaps do a bit of modification to fix it to the dash?



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:35 PM

Someone posted something similar recently I think, putting a Sat Nav into the dash pocket. Another issue pointed out is the height that the lid opens to on that pocket, can be obstructive to view when driving, so it would just need to open enough to show the display rather than the whole way.

 

Think it's a great idea though and would love to see someone do it.



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:04 PM

The idea is great and i have seen sone very good custom similar builds on youtube , there are  some units you can buy that either flip up . or rise up and would require a lot of modification.

 

i would love to see you have a go at this Sal and im sure you would do a great job.

 

Something like a Samsung note 1 or 2 with a five inch screen would be more adapt to fitting inside that chubby hole in the dash and has bluetoooth and GPS.



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 05:52 PM

 

Have a watch of this, it's a good guide and a decent laugh too.



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:30 PM

them dudes are mental - they made an electric supercharger using lead blowing machines!

 

instead of a tab, could an android phone be used? contains the features needed only issue i can think of is SIM card - would it need one to operate?

could u get a really cheap sim only deal and use it as your tracking device too?



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 09:31 PM

Civic was the best, followed by the Golf with rusted panels after pouring !Removed! and beer all over it.



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:14 PM

I have a samsung galaxy Y (not exactly a flash phone). No SIM Card required, just works as a standalone device. I have Torque running, and also NavFree. A windscreen holder I won from a competition (on this forum actually) is what I use to pin it in place :)

 

If you can find a way to do it with your tablet, go for it, as its a nice idea and a good mod, but if you dont feel that brave, just a vent mounted phone holder and a droid phone should do :)



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:13 PM

If you wanted a tablet, I recommend the Asus Google Nexus 7. I got one as soon as it came out, and its brilliant. Bluetooth, GPS, etc. Like you, I'd love to mount it in my car. Instead of a windscreen mount, i've found one that clips into the air vent. Ive tried both the windscreen sucker and the air vent, and neither are stable at high speeds. I'm scared to drive at more than about 20mph as it shakes so much! One solution i've thought of, is if you could get two air vent clips, attached to the two central air vents above the stereo, so one holds the very top of the tablet, and one holds the very bottom of the tablet? I'm going to try this when I can be bothered to get another mount.

 

I'd strongly recommend avoiding winscreen suckers though. I've used them and, while more stable than the air vent solution, its fallen off several times. Every time i've been driving slowly enough that I can grab it and nothings gone badly wrong, and I've always had my girlfriend there to pass it to to sort out. Next time I might not be so lucky.

 

Good luck, I look forward to seeing this progress!



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:52 AM

i'd love to put in a decent branded tablet but the only issue is going to be theft - wouldnt want a scumbag to break in and pinch it...unless its removable!

 

mmm, decisions, decisions!

 

i might have a look at the samsung galaxy Y handset, as long as its big enough it might do the job. last thing you want is a small screen for all that effort!

 

as the tab/phone would sit inside the dash compartment i suppose the bracket/cradle could be fixed/screwed into place or modified to sit on a hinge so that it can be folded away.

 

first things first, i need to get hold of a cheap lid or even one thats been broken just so i can test my theory!



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

How about a Brodit vent mount and some good self adhesive velcro?



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:17 AM

Galaxy Y is a 3 inch screen, not the biggest but just show what you want.

 

Brodiit: http://www.brodit.co...ar=2005&pn=prod



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:41 AM

Possibly fit two of these brackets (one in each centre vent) and see how it goes from there?



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:17 PM

i know plenty about brodit brackets - i used to work for vodafone handsfree installations team....booking parts etc (but not installin them)

 

will do a bit of research before spending any monies



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