Embedded pc and touchscreen for $150
Posted 05 May 2010 - 09:45 PM
Guy at work bought 2 embedded pc's (for industrial use) with 7" Touchscreen for $150.
Website is http://www.armdesigner.com/
Just wondering if anyone has used them for a car pc? WIth a nice USB soundcard, it looks like really nice solution. I am going to try and borrow one to try out, and will report back. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this kind of stuff?
Its pretty nifty with lots of add on cars (GPS etc)
Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:45 PM
Posted 06 May 2010 - 08:35 PM
the only one I saw was the ARM11 for $349
Posted 06 May 2010 - 09:56 PM
Here is the one the guy has :http://www.armdesigner.com/EM2440-III.html
Its at the bottm, its actually US$159, my bad, not $150
Had a look at it at work today, hes a Linux guru and is runnig some sort of opensource OS on it.
It comes with WinCE, will try and borrow one this weekend and have aplay, send some feedback.Looking at it though, it looks nifty, not soooo great on video, but as an MP3 player and GPS etc, it looks great.
Pretty impressive picture quality on the LCD too, and I love the fact that it is barebone, making mounting in a car easier, if you are doing custom work.<br><br>Again, I wil post some pics of the actual stuff, even if I cannot borrow one.
Edited by shizzle, 06 May 2010 - 09:59 PM.
Posted 08 May 2010 - 10:28 AM
There is one part of that product summary that turns me on though:
GPS is cool, but CDMA! Seems as though you can buy an attachment, hook up a sim card and it can be used as a mobile phone. Probably no good for talking to people, but if integrated into an alarm could be used to send you a txt message if your alarm goes off, and give you constant txt updates on your cars position via the GPS. Unfortunately the CDMA network is on it's way out thanks to 3G, so this feature will only be useful for a few more years.
Supporting GPS,GPRS,CDMA, Printer, WIFI, AV,VGA Modules
Another problem is it's 5V power supply, you'd need some kind of regulated 10-16v in 5v out power supply to run it in your car.
Still, for someone who knows what they're doing, great value. Unfortunately I know very little of linux, so it's useless for me.
Posted 08 May 2010 - 10:49 AM
Posted 08 May 2010 - 12:25 PM
there's already a linux carpc package.
Posted 19 May 2010 - 09:21 PM
I played around with the windows CE one for a while. I got the craps though, as it did not recognise any USB sticks, SD cards, and had no drivers for the audio.
Our Engineer at work is still making his up, with linux (or Unix, never know which is which) and should be finished soon.
I will try and get a demo next week when I return to work, and post up my findings. At face value though, they look like a good solution, but in reality, I think the limitation would be a nice GPS and MP3 player, as the CPU and GPU would not be able to handle any real video.
Posted 30 September 2010 - 11:27 AM
Posted 07 August 2011 - 12:02 AM
as for the tech at work, sounds like he's making a communications controller or something
Posted 11 August 2011 - 08:37 AM
yup, hes using these imbedded pc's for various functions. Counters, wireless communication, data loggers. Although, as a typical engineer, nothing is 100% finalised yet, as he keeps on getting distrcted with new projects