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Evo PC Project (Final year uni project)

The aim: to build an in car pc and incorporate full engine data logging, GPS logging, video recording and G-force logging, and then have the above data fully integrated together.
Eventually the data logging can be used on any laptop via plug and play usb connections to the GPS, G-force, cam and engine; just secure your laptop in the car, install the software, plug in the bits and off you go.

So far:

the PC has been built
1.6Ghz dual core intel atom motherboard
2Gb DDR2 Ram
160Gb Seagate hard drive
M2-ATX PSU
VoomPc case




the other parts of the base car pc are arriving or ordered and should all get installed this weekend

carTFT 7" TMR open board display


IP67 rearview colour and night vision cam


keysonic bluetooth keyboard + dongle


USB OBDII cable
Evoscan beta version (working with Hamish @ evoscan on this)

Panasonic slim DVD/RW going in a USB powered external case for plug and play compatability.
Seperate leisure battery
JL amp and speakers (as the headunit is being replaced by the screen I lose that amplification so a seperate amp must be installed, as for the speakers.... the standard mitsi ones are c*** so i thought i might as well replace them at the same time)

bits still to order
3G internet
USB GPS receiver
USB 3-axis accelerometer
USB bulletcam with suction cup mount


will update later as the project progresses
 

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I wrote a naughts and crosses programme for mine. It was unbeatable.
 

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Very impressed mate, if you need another car to test it in gimme a shout ;)

keep us posted on your progress

Cheers Clay :smthumbup
 

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cool dongle!:lol: What is it??
the dongle isn't in the picture as it was ordered from another company, but i thought i'd include it anyway.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=463374953&pf_rd_i=468294

Very impressed mate, if you need another car to test it in gimme a shout ;)

keep us posted on your progress

Cheers Clay :smthumbup
I might take you up on that, all you'll need to bring is a fully charged laptop; i'll PM with details of the track and date of the tests once i've got everything up and running and working on my system, but it won't be for several months yet.

My initial tests will be at snetterton on the 8th of feb, but final tests will probably be around easter time.
 

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I was talking to my mate and we were going to knock something up like this last year.

There was something like this on the gadget about 8 months back.

look like you've covered most of features we talked about;

hd video cameras hard wired
wifi built in
touch screen
ect...


Good luck with it, who knows make it well and you could sell it on, as i don't think there is a solution or alternative for sale for Evo's at present.

I would be interested in something like this myself:smthumbup
 

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I started programming a project in the summer got side tracked though, in C++ and OpenGL, here are some images of the interface, I was going to integrate GPS and inertial sensors to so that you could have a G-meter. I was also working on a seperate program to then visualise the track that you've driven in 3d, changing the colour with range limits



Note the graphing tool shows history, this was using a sine wave to test :)






You could change the display screen from dials, graphs, bar charts and ODB2 info, although the problem I had was the cable I was using as I could only get 10 updates a second, and I never got round to purchasing one that allows better rates.

Sorry for highjacking your thread, but thought it might be of interest

Andy
 

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a few more parts have arrived
JL Amp

Slimline DVD/RW...

which I installed in a USB powered external enclosure


the TFT is sheduled to be delivered in the next few days and the car is booked in for the main install on tuesday
 

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the installation is nearly finished, just the r/v cam, rear speakers and second battery to go in now. besides a couple of little problems the whole install has gone very smoothly, mostly because of Martin at In Car Electronix.
I'll post up some pictures tomorrow.
 

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Here are some photo's from the install (many thanks to in car electronix for their time and effort).

CD player and dials removed



CD player, hands free and Dial cabling removed


Dash ready to receive facia with USB extension and VGA cable wired through


Monitor mounted to the back of the facia and mounting bracket (yes, I do know there are gaps to either side of the monitor but they will eventually be filled)



Facia with monitor fitted back into dash


PC temporarily wired into power and connected to monitor to test PC and monitor


Dash with facia fitted and PC connected


Windows XP being installed


PC with USB powered DVD/RW


XP being installed


Armrest storage USB hub wired and installed


PC cabling run under carpet and under centre console with PC in final location


Second under-dash USB hub wired and installed


more pics to follow.....
 

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Looks smashing mate...I'm looking for a similar setup to this also, thinking of going legal with this as i think it will work to all enthusiasts whether it be an evo or not..could make something of this (unless its already been done and what i just said is pointless) anyway good luck with it buddy keep us posted very interested!
 

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there are already several car modding and specialist companies who build and install custom PC's to the customers specification so there's not much point going legal with it.
Hopefully this thread will be useful to you and your welcome to PM me if you need any help or advice.
Merry xmas :)
 

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Amplifier in final position


Car interior looking a little bare


PC in final position and secured


Seats back in


Monitor displaying windows desktop altered with an alienware skin


System connected via ethernet cable to my halls LAN and running Facebook


Windows Live instant messaging to my father


Rear view camera


Vibe rear speakers


Drilling the hole for the rear view camera


Hole partially drilled into rear bumper for camera


Camera installed


Camera tested while inside the garage


Camera tested while outside the halls


Camera showing IR illumination


Cigarette lighter adaptor wired straight to the power supply, these were used for many of the powered peripherals (such as the usb hubs which required a 12v to 5v converter)


AV switch on the back of the monitor bridged with an external switch running in parallel


Hole drilled next to intercooler spray button and cables run through


Switch installed


Leisure battery fitted into boot and secured


as above but connected to split charge relay, so this battery now powers the PC


and thats it, the first part of the project done.
Many thanks to in car electronix who have done a fantastic job and to the uni phys dept for their support and help.
 
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