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Old 12-28-2011, 04:21 PM   #1
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A lot of you geeks will probably be interested. I can see a nice solution for a Car PC.

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Very interesting. Personally, I would use it for something different than CarPC. A small MAME cabinet was the first thing that came to my mind. I'll have to try to remember to keep my eyes on this one...
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I could really get behind this.

I've had a Liliput sunlight-viewable 7" LCD languishing about for a while, awaiting the day when pico-ITX motherboards become widely available. This little gadget pretty much tosses that right out the window, and at a fraction of the cost.

Or at least, it would if it had on-board VGA.

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It'd be cool if you could hook it up to a MS and have a screen and keyboard in the glove box to tune from.
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How good are the lilliput devices, Joe?

I've been seriously debating making a car PC in my Miata using the RasPC and a LCD, but I've never been able to decide on a screen.
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Or at least, it would if it had on-board VGA.
Couldn't you just do USB to VGA adapter?

I have a super crappy 3.5" TV with RCA input that I has been looking for a project for a long time. I believe the resolution is so poor that I would not be able to see the text on Linux (haven't messed with the TV for a couple of years) but it would still be fun to play with to start building something.

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The big problem with the Pi (and many 'micro' PCs) is that it runs on an ARM processor, which means no solid Java support (as of right now at least). That sort of kills it for tuning since you couldn't run tunerstudio.
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The Pi has a full JVM implementation, Jeff.
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It'd be cool if you could hook it up to a MS and have a screen and keyboard in the glove box to tune from.
That was the general idea. I already have a tiny little bluetooth keyboard (about the size of a slider smartphone) but I don't see any mention of bluetooth support


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How good are the lilliput devices, Joe?
They're not bad at all. Most of them use a really bizarre native resolution (800x480) so you have to kind of shop around to make sure your graphics driver supports that. The one I have is a transflective model, and it's far more readable in sunlight than my Fujitsu tablet which is specifically supposed to be "outdoor viewable." Still not as good as an old monochome LCD, but not horrible.


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Couldn't you just do USB to VGA adapter?
Doubtful. Those devices require specific Windows-only drivers, and are also quite processor-intensive.

They do have HDMI to VGA adapters, and I suppose that would work, but they's pricey and not small, which kind of defeats the purpose of buying a tiny $25 PC in the first place.



Sticking with a traditional Wintel platform also means that you can use Centrifuse and a USB-based radio tuner to retain full radio functionality.
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... and USB GPS
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