That very cool I always wanted to have a touch screen computer in my car. I also like your old gauges, are those stock they look like something out or an old airplane.Using a spare eBay Fujitsu Stylistc 3500, RoadRunner free CarPC software, and the PakTrakr system I'm in the process of replacing the old ICE guages and switches with a touch screen PC.
I'll also have a mini-remote on the steering wheel for more convenient and safer control.
Great Idea!The system should be set up such that the display will change to a night setting when the head lights are turned on. That would be better than fiddling with buttons while driving in traffic as the sun is going down.
Hmmm... so you actually have a complere pc in the car? Do you actually have a hard drive and everything? I guess it makes sense that you would. Running all those graphics and the touch screen and menus etc would be difficult otherwise. Man, that is wild setup. honestly, i am not sure how you would communicate with the pc. I am not much of a programmer. I can ask some of my programming buddies. They might know how to interface with a computer better than me. My only guess would be to run current from the dash light harness directly to a contact on a usb port or a serial port. I guess that the usb port would probably not like the current and potential that the running lights use, so one would probably need to have a resistor in line. I don't know what size though. The computer would view a current as a 1 and the absence of current as a 0. Again, I am not familiar with how to interface with a computer, so I realize that I am basically talking out my rear end here, but still, something along these lines should be possible with out too much trouble. Heck, you already have such a killer setup. I'm sure it required tons of work. Making it dim would be easy by comparison right?Great Idea!
Just a matter of hardware. Let me know if you have something that sends a PC that info (my car does not have obd2 nor canbus etc.) via usb/serial/bluetooth. Maybe have it as an option. I wouldn't want to pass that cost on as a requirement.