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Old 02-24-2014, 01:03 PM
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Watched the video. Amazing setup!
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:51 PM
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Beautiful setup Term!

Thanks for all the info on the part numbers and pin outs.

I'm finishing the planning stages on my A/V integration and should start ordering parts soon. Your inspiration, information and impeccable documentation has been very helpful. Thank you very much!
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:37 PM
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I am glad i could share the ideas... This quest for using a smart phone as "brain" for the car's infotainment system was sparked by a question of a member of HackiBus on yahoo groups from the Middle East... He asked if there is a way to increase the resolution for the stock LCD panel used in the factory Navigation/TV systems in the iBus BMWs... I was not aware of anything of that nature but in the conversation he mentioned his set up and this is what I have done with the AV here... Well, I added the DVR and the switch, but that is just to suit my specific needs...

In my further search on the web, and especially on the russian and some euro forums, I have found a write-up by a fellow in Sweden who had replaced the stock LCD panel (made by Sharp, resolution 400x240) with a higher resolution LCD panel (also made by Sharp, resolution 800x480).

I have read his write-up several times, and I will be honest - I still did not understand the electrical connections, but I am sure it will done on me over time, as I am not ready to replace the LCD yet... But, it seems that eventually, I might take that road... this is not going on my list on the first page of this thread as of yet - but I was already bitten by this mod bug!!!

here is the link to that fellow in Sweden:

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Old 02-27-2014, 11:08 AM
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In this thread and in some other threads it was mentioned that an iLive Bluetooth adapter was used for the Pandora streaming. I started with the iLive unit and I would say, it performs absolutely fine... However, for my setup I was looking for a BT adapter that would come on when an external power is applied to the adapter, without me pushing a "power" button to turn it on... The iLive unit had a momentary push button switch which needs to be pushed to turn it on... I even tried to "hotwire" the switch by soldering a bypass lead, but it did not help - the adapter still needed to be turned on after an overnight parking, which would make it an external piece, dangling in the car...

So, I started looking for a same type of an adapter but with a slide or a toggle power switch, so I could leave it "on" and have the adapter come on when external power is applied...

I found one here, 3 5mm Wireless Bluetooth Receiver Audio Music for iPod iPhone MP3 MP4 Boutique | eBay, and here is a picture of the unit - it is under $8 delivered, it is obviously a Chinese-made piece of cr..p, but iLive is made at the same place... this unit does what i wanted it to do - when the slide switch is in the on position, the unit comes on when the car is awake, thus I could hide this adapter out of sight and deal strictly with the 3.5mm connector... with time, I will hardwire the 3.5mm output from the adapter into the AUX input of the car, thus eliminating the danglilng 3.5mm wire...
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corrected the link for the High Resolution LCD panel in the post #94 - it was leading to a wrong website, now it goes to that fellow in Sweden

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Old 02-28-2014, 11:54 AM
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Just found out why the iBolt cradle did not allow the data from the phone to pass to the iBolt MHL converter, while the iBolt people kept telling me that both iBolt units are compatible with each other...

The circuit board inside the cradle has a microUSB jack that does not have the three middle data pins (only two are real serial data) wired to anything!!! All they had to do, just "draw" a pass-through lines to the microUSB plug!!!

The set up works fine with the phone just laying on the seat or in the ashtray... but I want it sitting nicely in the cradle...

Grrr... off to micro-soldering the "hair" wires... That will be fun!!
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Here is the item 35 from the main list on the first page of this thread.

Selection one puts the picture out from the Android phone, with all the android apps available, such as Waze, music apps, such as TuneIn, iHeart Radio, email, SMS, SlingPlayer - full list of Android apps is available on the GooglePlay...

Selection two puts the picture from the left headrest onto the main screen

Selection three puts the picture from the right headrest onto the main screen

Selection four puts the picture from onboard mobile DVR, which has two cameras wired as of moment of this writing...

Audio for the Android comes via BT connection in Stereo (HTC puts out BEATS, when connected to a BT unit), and the BT unit is "buried" under the center console bin and audio output wire is plugged into the AUX input that is next to selection four.

Audio for the left and right headrests comes via FM modulation built-in transmitters in the headrests directly

There is no audio at the moment for the DVR but will be introduced at a later date...

The "loose" wires that are coiled - 2 microUSB connectors for the 3A power supplies buried underneath, to charge up cell phones or tablets (I will dress those wires later) and 1 microUSB cable for the MHL video connector for the android, which I am still working on, to modify the pinout...
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here is a link to the video for the on-board DVR:

left video shows how the DVR appears in the car, taped by the cellphone

two videos on the right are the clips from the DVR - I reduced the bitstream, to make files smaller. the top right video should be viewed as an image in rearview mirror, the bottom right image is the front view. the images are not sync'd but show roughly same stretch of the road.

let me know if the video can be played or not...

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