Raspberry Pi infotainment system released

  1. 4 weeks ago

    Wes W

    Apr 20 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA

    Today I finally released my Comvette Infotainment software into the wild. If you are interested in building a Raspberry Pi based car computer infotainment system, take a few minutes and visit:

    www.LifeOfPi.blog

    and download a ready-made Raspberry Pi image and/or the Xojo source code.

    -Wes

  2. Bob K

    Apr 20 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Kansas City

    Very cool.

  3. Ivan T

    Apr 20 Pre-Release Testers

    Really great!

    Just a question, "lifeofpi" is not trademarked?

  4. Jean-Yves P

    Apr 21 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Europe (France, Besançon)

    very nice work. and the detailed web site is very nice too. congrats !

  5. Tim J

    Apr 21 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Dehydrating in AZ

    Very Cool, Wes. My C3 (1981 - last 4 Speed) had the standard GM Head with 8-Track and the tunnel mounted CB installed. The CB's long gone and I replaced (but saved) the stock unit with a normal CD unit - which was replaced with a cassette unit since the CD units at that time couldn't deal with the jarring ride - Skip to My Lou ... :) .

  6. Wes W

    Apr 22 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA

    @Tim J Very Cool, Wes. My C3 (1981 - last 4 Speed) ...

    Love those C3's. They were my dream car as a teenager. I was lucky enough to work at a Chevy dealer right out of high school and got to drive a lot of C3's. That pretty much hooked me on Corvettes.

    My Raspberry Pi infotainment system currently has 14,000 songs and no matter how rough the road it never skips. :)

    Maybe your C3 needs a Raspberry Pi upgrade?

  7. Wayne G

    Apr 22 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro New Zealand axisdirect.nz

    Awesome project.

  8. Joost R

    Apr 22 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro The Netherlands

    Although I personally shouldn't know what to do with a self made infosystem with FM radio, this is a GREAT PROJECT as a start to build tailored systems for customers which are niche and need relatively small amounts. And next I think it's great how @Wes W shows what can be done with Xojo for control electronics.

  9. Wes W

    Apr 22 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA
    Edited 4 weeks ago

    @Joost R Although I personally shouldn't know what to do with a self made infosystem with FM radio, this is a GREAT PROJECT as a start to build tailored systems for customers which are niche and need relatively small amounts. And next I think it's great how @Wes W shows what can be done with Xojo for control electronics.

    Thanks, I really appreciate your comments.

    I've been programing in various languages since 1984 but this is the first time I've released anything substantial to the public. I've been bracing myself for criticism about the quality of my code or it's organization etc.

    Programing is a rather solitary endeavor. It's a little bit stressful revealing your work to people.

    -Wes

  10. Wes W

    Apr 22 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA

    @Ivan T Really great!

    Just a question, "lifeofpi" is not trademarked?

    Thanks, I appreciate your interest and concern.

    Obviously there is a famous book/movie by that name. And I did choose to make a play on those words. In my use, LifeOfPi is a reference to my involvement with the Raspberry Pi computers. If it turns out that this is a problem, I can go with another domain name.

    -Wes

  11. Robert W

    Apr 22 Western Canada

    Very impressive Wes. Your project will be a great resource. I've been thinking about a much less ambitious project to replace the AM/FM radio in my early C3 (1969). I just wish it was possible to get an AM radio module similar to the FM modules, or a combined AM/FM module.

  12. Wes W

    Apr 22 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA

    @Robert W Very impressive Wes. Your project will be a great resource. I've been thinking about a much less ambitious project to replace the AM/FM radio in my early C3 (1969). I just wish it was possible to get an AM radio module similar to the FM modules, or a combined AM/FM module.

    Thanks!

    I looked high and low trying to find an AM or AM/FM module. I never could find one. If I ever do I'll probably update my system. I don't miss the AM radio much. And I'm finding that I don't listen to the FM radio much either now that I have my entire music collection available in my car.

  13. Jean-Yves P

    Apr 23 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Europe (France, Besançon)
    Edited 4 weeks ago

    @Wes W I looked high and low trying to find an AM or AM/FM module. I never could find one

    https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/projects/build-an-arduino-controlled-am-fm-sw-radio/

    although it's not a ready-made module ...

  14. Robert W

    Apr 23 Western Canada

    The SiLabs chips do seem to be the most likely candidates, because they don't require very many external components. I'd been looking at building a small circuit board using a Si4734 which appears to be a bit easier to get than the Si4844. It would save a lot of work if someone was offering a module with them though.

  15. Tim J

    Apr 24 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Dehydrating in AZ

    Hey Wes - did you send a notice to the NCOA folks? I'll bet there's a lot more interest for an updated system than we can even imagine.

  16. Wes W

    Apr 24 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA

    @Tim J NCOA

    I'm not familiar with the NCOA. I just looked them up and it appears that they require a membership fee to join. Are you a member of the NCOA?

    I've been a member of the CorvetteForum.com for almost twenty years. That has been my go-to source for Corvette info and help. I was a member of the NCRS for a while but I let my membership lapse. I didn't get much ROI from that group.

    -Wes

  17. Tim J

    Apr 24 Pre-Release Testers, Xojo Pro Dehydrating in AZ
    Edited 4 weeks ago

    I was a member, but I've lapsed since my C3 is a garage queen now … (too hot in Phoenix for that 40 acre back glass :) ).

    While I was a member, there was a lot of activity - a real magazine, local meets, rally events, patches, stickers and even a KEY FOB!!! Seriously, though, they were a very active group and I never missed the money it cost to join.

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