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07-14-13, 09:03 PM
I'm starting an electronics design LLC. wish me luck

I'm continuing school next semester, to satisfy my GI
bill benefit requirements, but the classes will be
electives and super easy so I can concentrate on
some projects (that have gotten to a point that they
deserve proper business attention).

the best I can describe it (without a laundry list or
giving away too much) is: taking things from large
markets and putting them in other applications.

I don't have money for development, but lucky for
individuals there is a lot of R&D supported by
consumer markets, and I don't know if the
technology has only now become amazing, but
there is a lot of cross-application for things we
use all the time.

the applications have a wide range... so the
best way to house it all is under the umbrella of
an electronics design co.

these things just... "come to me."

one of them is a V1 nav screen relocate
and ipad mounting bracket :-D

feel free to troll. anndddd.... go!

07-14-13, 09:22 PM
I'll buy one, assuming that it's reasonably priced and doesn't make me give up vehicle functions. GPS navigation is a must. Couldn't give a crap about radio. OBD2-like functionality (basically, an enhanced DIC) would be the killer app for this.

07-14-13, 09:34 PM
tyty o7

there's some ups and downs for that one. the furthest I'd go with it is brackets and maybe include the plug to integrate aux audio and the ipad connector. it would shuffle things around a bit. it might also require removing the 6-disc changer, to more efficiently stack the internals behind the DIC screen.

the face, however, needs to be replicated closely, due to the layout of the buttons and ribbons, and how proprietary it is. so it would mostly involve a housing swap.

but... it's too early to say what it'll involve, or become concerned about the disc changer. but I mean, my feeling is, with an ipad that can sync with your home wifi library when you park in your garage, I think I can live without it. plus it's heavy

as for nav, the iPad that you use would give you all the functions that come with it. it would be mounted where the DIC is now. slightly facing the driver, shrouded from the sun, and vented in the back to prevent overheating. in plastic to match the dash.

most of what I'm doing is mainstream consumer stuff, but the V nav unit is a "thing" of its own

//also: bluetooth; you could run a bluetooth OBDII interface to get some nice engine metrics while driving.

07-14-13, 09:56 PM
Bluetooth OBD2 is horrible. Been there--never again. I've also done the Kiwi WiFi module. It doesn't turn off when you shut off the engine, draining the battery, and you get updates at about 1 Hz. Too slow.

The 6-disc changer and buttons are disposable. Nobody uses CDs anymore--nobody that would want to buy your device, that is. The only advantage to buttons is that you can blindly grope for them without taking your eyes off the road.

07-14-13, 10:15 PM
I only use my blutooth OBD2 to read/clear codes really. It's alot easier to throw in the glovebox than a laptop and I always have my phone on me. Sounds like a pretty sweet idea, keep us posted.

Side note: alot of the new video systems like DRIFT and GoPro, have Blutooth conectivity. It would be pretty sweet to be able to control all of the cameras (if you had mutiples) with the iPad. Though I would probably prefer a Galaxy tab or other android device since that is what I currently use

07-14-13, 10:22 PM
Sounds interesting!!

Staying tuned

07-14-13, 10:34 PM
I appreciate it very much~

nothing I do will be expensive. in fact, I might release DIY schematics and the like. technology changes, things get updated, and I think I'll be sufficiently rewarded with orders from people who don't know how or would rather not source things themselves.

for the sake of development, open source is the way to go

07-14-13, 10:54 PM
I was an audio installer for many years until about two years ago. Evan then this was commonly being done. iPads and other tablets can work great as a screen/radio

What we would do is build a replacement bezel that allows the tablet to easily pop in-and-out and sit as flush as possible.

The easiest way to make it all work is to remote mount a single din radio in say the glove box. (Relocating the wires is easy) with a
BT radio the tablet can easily communicate to the radio and play clearly in the car. The only frustrating thing about this setup is adjusting the volume, and for that I recommend steering wheel controls that connects to the remote mounted radio.


I made this drunk one night.

07-14-13, 11:01 PM
lol i was... nodding my head in agreement, then I read the drunk bit and started laughing.

in the case of a dash modification.. sharing the structure of it is fine, because it still needs to be molded by someone and chances are it's not the person who wants it.

thanks for posting that. I'm sure people will want to know the likelihood of you making another one

I'm thinking the climate controls could be relocated to replace the cup holders. what do you think

07-14-13, 11:17 PM
I wouldn't recommend moving the ac controls to were the cup holders are(that just makes it awkward). If anything the ashtray and cig lighter on these cars are useless so I'd just remount the ac controls were the flip out thing is.

07-14-13, 11:40 PM
I appreciate it very much~

nothing I do will be expensive. in fact, I might release DIY schematics and the like. technology changes, things get updated, and I think I'll be sufficiently rewarded with orders from people who don't know how or would rather not source things themselves.

for the sake of development, open source is the way to go

Open source is why the Android devs are getting so advanced in their stuff.

I'm sub'd to this thread. Ideally the new microsoft surface with a touch screen and usb ports would come down in price... you might be able to load HP tuners on it (at least the scanner) and run logs, look at graphs, etc while on a dyno or in between runs or whatever. That would make life alot easier because laptops slide around and stuff... then you could export the log to your laptop and tune. I dunno if all that would work but it would be sweet if it could.

sub'd this is going to be a sweet thread

07-15-13, 12:58 AM
shit. no pressure or anything lol

up this week is the registration stuff--everything should go fine, but I might have some disappointment coming, in the way of the domain name I want--the ideal .com is available, but also being ... what's the word... 'squatted' for $1300 according to godaddy

I wish I could say more, but... right now, there is one item in particular that is somewhat of a breakthrough, but the price is still very sensitive to demand. as unlikely as it sounds, the inventor is in one of the former Soviet Union countries and hasn't qualified for a kickstarter.

I'm not interested in building a company out of this thing he's got, though he could. I just need a substantial quantity and I have the feeling he's soldering them by hand. lol.

I'm placing an order for 10, for my own development purposes, but relatively soon I'll need hundreds--I hope he gets something sorted out, or I don't know, maybe I can get the circuit board design, parts list, and code from him--the whole shebang.

I could also have it re-created. one of the necessary controller-chip things is made by Texas Instruments, and I saw some fairly amusing customer service threads where people have inquired about onesie and twosie, one-off solutions and the customer service reps were like, "why would you want to do that?" lol.

this guy... he doesn't know what cross-industry applications he's enabled with this thing he's created. It needs to be mass-produced before the relevant tech becomes outdated...

anyway. I'm up to things like that.


LOL. just got this email from the domain name holder:

"Dear Sir/Ms,

I'd like for us to close a fair deal. My absolute offer for ######.com is $22,000USD firm.

This is our last and final offer. There is no need for another counter offer if you have different opinion.

We hope we can agree on that amount.

If you agree to this,please log in [escrow dot com] to initiate the transaction.

Think again, and if it's a name you like don't wait too much because I may change my mind."

07-15-13, 01:50 AM
Wow $22k for a domain name? WTF?!?! That is nuts.

07-15-13, 01:52 AM
lol right? made my night. lol

"didn't want that domain name anyway"

07-15-13, 01:53 AM
Email them back and ask where they are getting that crack they are smoking. I want some, seems like good shit

07-15-13, 02:01 AM
:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

"yes I would like that price very much! I am so relieved. how long does the [escrow dot com] process take? I have cash ready"


"Escrow takes 2 days,very prompt."


"I am in charge of procurement for a very large corporation, for an upcoming product with this name. My boss will be quite relieved to hear the domain name is so far below budget!

Thank you sooo much!"


he'll either be happy his plan from outer space has finally worked, and feel trolled in a few days after $22k doesn't happen (gotta have highs before you get those lows with some oomph)... or reneg and raise the price even more, which would be awesome

//oh hey btw i took my grandmother for a hike off mulholland this weekend. I passed one of those highway photographers--I think I will order the furthest shot in high res download; it should enlarge quite nicely. (maybe the first and third. $15 each)


07-15-13, 03:16 AM
^^^Does this dot.com dude also know a prince from Nigeria that was left a "large sume of money"....and needs you to "cash the check"....

07-15-13, 03:20 AM
:-) I'm hoping he'll double the price and get back to me for my lols

I'm not done with him--if I don't hear back I'll ask for a confirmation via self shot with a sign that says "I'm selling ####.com for $22k. firm." or something. for my lols

07-15-13, 01:22 PM
:-) I'm hoping he'll double the price and get back to me for my lols

I'm not done with him--if I don't hear back I'll ask for a confirmation via self shot with a sign that says "I'm selling ####.com for $22k. firm." or something. for my lols

Lol put that everywhere haha. Its not like its Pepsi.com or Coke or something damn.

07-15-13, 01:29 PM
yeah, I don't need it--it was just a treat for myself. had it been $300-ish, I would've felt like an idiot after buying it.

it's definitely better this way.

07-15-13, 10:17 PM
Haha this is great.. interested on seeing what you do.

09-04-13, 10:49 AM
OK so. it's getting pretty bad. (http://i.imgur.com/EpKzvyH.jpg) I'm about to have thousands of dollars in inventory/parts on my hands, people in China are assembling things for me, I have projects rolling around in my head and in various stages of becoming a physical thing... and I haven't built my soldering station yet.

also: update on the in-dash unit.

I've been working with the retina LCD for other reasons, as well as analog-to-digital integration [also for other reasons]...

picture for scale... (http://i.imgur.com/k0cw88z.jpg) (it's the latest iPad LCD)

when it comes to something for the CTS-V, using a stand-alone PC with a display in-dash, integrated with audio [possibly integrating the DIC console with a windows GUI which CAN be done]

...it all boils down to...

it's easier and cheaper for everyone involved if a tablet is integrated with audio, and the DIC is relocated. in terms of functions, a PC would do the same thing as a tablet (audio/video/internet)

sorry I don't have more news/ progress right now... there are things I gotta do for income most importantly, but... once those are further along I should be able to get a bracket put together. (surface most likely flat, unless/until I learn how to lay carbon fiber, which is one of my lower-tier personal priorities)

I also dislike the delicate nature of the apple ports, (and I haven't looked for one) so I think it needs a frame or adapter that can take the abuse of repeated use (you can't tell me you think the apple connectors are sturdy).

also headed to class. o7

09-04-13, 02:07 PM
this will probably go pretty good with some subs sitting in the floor panels of the back seat. nice!

also, this is the "CTS-V General Discussion" forum, not the "what's going on in my personal life" forum.

09-04-13, 09:22 PM
lol robojesus. good to see you too