[GUIDE] HowTo Make a Mazda RX8 Streak
This guide represents a current WORK IN PROGRESS. Development is currently underway for Streak 7 OTG functionality including consideration for FTDI Serial2USB kernel module and HU Integration via custom Android Activity & Service, and breakdown of the Home Dock for stealth installation and OTG support.
While this guide focuses on Streak integration with a Mazda RX8, the concepts, tools, and many of the components can be utilized for a multitude of other platforms.
If you'd rather this be in General or Apps & Themes, feel free to move it. Simply bear in mind that I plan to provide source and binaries for a custom FTDI kernel module (if necessary), steps for installation, as well as source and binaries for any Android Activities and Services I build for Integration.
I've been running a Windows 7 mini-itx carpc for quite some time on my RX8. The system consists of a ITX case I keep mounted in my trunk, USB GPS, RS232 to OBDII wired connection, a Grom Car2PC HU Integration adapter with a bunch of custom code for HU and Steering Wheel controls integration, and a Lilliput 7" Resistive touchscreen mounted in a Mazda Japan Retractable Navigation tray.
I deliver clean power to the PC using a Carnetix P2140 power supply with a bit more custom code for ignition synchronized hibernate and wakeup.
For the past year I've been waiting for a good Android tablet replacement and have landed on the Streak 7.
Dimensions wise the Streak 7 matches the typical Lilliput 7" exactly.
This project requires the following additional hardware for your RX8
- JDM Retractable Nav Tray
- SlipGrip RAM-HOL Mount
- Streak 7 Dell OtterBox (Commuter)
- Streak Home Dock *
- 3.5mm Audio cable (possibly with MIC splitter)
- Grom Car2PC Adapter
Here is a picture of the Streak running OBD2 and HU Audio integration via the Streak audio out jack and a bluetooth connection to a generic ELM OBD2 reader.
- Car Mount complete
- Head Unit Audio via Streak 3.5mm audio out
What is in-progress?
- Dell Dock breakdown
- PDMI extension cable (if required)
- Power supply integration
- Power state change Android Activity
What is planned?
- USB OTG Support via dock
- FTDI USB to Serial Kernel Module
- Car2PC Integration Android Service
Post #2 illustrates adapting the Mazda Nav Tray and SlipGrip mount and dash installation.
Post #3 illustrates placement of the Grom Car2PC adapter and all HU integration items.
Post #4 illustrates breakdown and placement of the PDMI dock, power wiring, and OTG wiring
Post #5 reserved for future use