Raspberry Pi infotainment system released

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    Wes W

    22 Apr 2019 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

  3. Robert W

    22 Apr 2019 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.

  4. Wes W

    22 Apr 2019 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.

  5. Jean-Yves P

    23 Apr 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro Europe (France, Besançon)
    Edited last year

    @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 ...

  6. Robert W

    23 Apr 2019 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.

  7. Tim J

    24 Apr 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro N. Phoenix, 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.

  8. Wes W

    24 Apr 2019 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

  9. Tim J

    24 Apr 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro N. Phoenix, AZ
    Edited last year

    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.

  10. Wes W

    31 May 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA
    Edited last year

    I'm pretty jazzed! My Comvette Project was featured on the Ponoko.com website today:

    Spot The Laser Cut Parts In This Car

    They even mentioned that Comvette was written in Xojo.

    -Wes

  11. Tim J

    31 May 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro N. Phoenix, AZ

    Wes - that is beyond awesome - and I am in awe of what you've accomplished :).

  12. Norman P

    31 May 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro outside admiring the sunshine,...

    @Wes W I'm pretty jazzed! My Comvette Project was featured on the Ponoko.com website today:

    Spot The Laser Cut Parts In This Car

    They even mentioned that Comvette was written in Xojo.

    -Wes

    Make sure you forward that to Dana too

  13. James S

    1 Jun 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro

    thats terrific!

  14. Wes W

    1 Jun 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA

    @Norman P Make sure you forward that to Dana too

    Will do.

  15. Oliver O

    1 Jun 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro https://udemy.seminar.pro

    Awesome!

    I don‘t know how many times I have smashed my Xojo Macbook Pro against the wall yet - in my thoughts.

    But when I see what amazing things you folks do with Xojo, then I regularly fall in love again with it.

    Sigh ...

  16. Norman P

    1 Jun 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro outside admiring the sunshine,...

    @Oliver O I don‘t know how many times I have smashed my Xojo Macbook Pro against the wall yet - in my thoughts.

    When you feel the urge to do this let me know and I'll send you my address so you can send it to me
    I'm sure one of my daughters would appreciate it :P

  17. 7 months ago

    Wes W

    6 Dec 2019 Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA

    I've let the www.LifeOfPi.blog domain lapse and replaced it with www.comvette.com
    This new domain is specifically for The Comvette Project.

  18. 2 weeks ago

    Wes W

    Jun 27 Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA
    Edited 2 weeks ago

    The Comvette Project software just got a facelift to bring it more in-line with the Corvette C4 design aesthetic. It gets a new darker interface with custom buttons.

    The rectangular silver buttons (bevelbuttons) that looked like they came from Windows 95 are gone. They are replaced by new black, rounded buttons. I decided to explore using a canvas control as the base for the new buttons. I'm really happy with the results. I started with a base class that handles the appearance of the buttons and then created three subclasses that handle the behavior of the buttons. I have:

    A single action button (fires once when pressed)
    A double action button (fires when pressed and then fires once more if held down for 4 seconds)
    A multiple action button (fires when pressed and if held down for more than one second, repeats every 1/4 second until released)

    A lot of other code refinements are included. I was not very happy with the performance of the FM radio receiver. It turns out that a lot of the example programs available on the web are incomplete or wrong. When I translated bits and pieces of them into Xojo, my code was incomplete or wrong in several areas. So, after researching the FM radio specs I rewrote the code from the ground up and now the FM radio reception is vastly improved.

    Video

  19. Tim J

    Jun 27 Testers, Xojo Pro N. Phoenix, AZ

    Amazing stuff, Wes! I'm not sure whether I'm lucky to have a standard dash '81 C3 or wish I'd held out 2 more years for a C4 :) ...

  20. Eugene D

    Jun 28 Testers, Xojo Pro Canada scispec.ca

    @Wes W It turns out that a lot of the example programs available on the web are incomplete or wrong. When I translated bits and pieces of them into Xojo, my code was incomplete or wrong in several areas.

    Example programs seem to be notoriously wrong. This is also true for wiring diagrams, Integrated Circuits, Transistor-Transistor-Logic (TTL), and more.

  21. Wes W

    Jun 28 Testers, Xojo Pro MD, Columbia USA

    @Eugene D Example programs seem to be notoriously wrong. This is also true for wiring diagrams, Integrated Circuits, Transistor-Transistor-Logic (TTL), and more.

    In this case I was guilty of wanting to get the project up and running quickly so I just grabbed what I could find and worked with it. After being disappointed with the results I decided to actually do my due diligence and learn how the FM module worked and write the code myself. Unfortunately, this scenario happens more often than not. But in the end I now have a solid bit of code that I'm sharing with anyone who wants it.

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