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Stick/Box/Rpi for use in the car with composite output

OP MaXX99

11th March 2014, 04:37 PM   |  #1  
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Hi everyone ...

I have a new car on order, delivery in a few months, and have taken the option of Multimedia screens for the second row passengers.
These are just the screens though with analog inputs (composite, RCA, whilte-red-yellow, .... what's in a name ).

Image here : http://goo.gl/90Nr1o

I am looking for two devices to use in the car to watch movies (and if possible play games) to entertain the kids on long trips (5 & 8 years of age).
Power requirements need to be quite low though since these have to run from the 12V cigarette lighter.

My first idea was to run a pair of Raspberry Pi's with RaspBMC and Retropie on them, add a BT and a Wifi adapter, put a small router with an HDD in the trunk and configure them with a PS3 wireless controller. It does require quite some fiddling, setup and troubleshooting in order to get all of this working though ...

Secondly I was thinking of an Ouya + XMBC on it ..; but this doesn't have an analog output ...

Next in line I turn myself to Android devices which could prove great candidates for my intended use, but I am completely lost in the vast amount of devices available ... especially the ones which could tick all the boxes.

All advice and experiences would be greatly appreciated !
12th March 2014, 04:07 PM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by MaXX99

Hi everyone ...

I have a new car on order, delivery in a few months, and have taken the option of Multimedia screens for the second row passengers.
These are just the screens though with analog inputs (composite, RCA, whilte-red-yellow, .... what's in a name ).

Image here : http://goo.gl/90Nr1o

I am looking for two devices to use in the car to watch movies (and if possible play games) to entertain the kids on long trips (5 & 8 years of age).
Power requirements need to be quite low though since these have to run from the 12V cigarette lighter.

My first idea was to run a pair of Raspberry Pi's with RaspBMC and Retropie on them, add a BT and a Wifi adapter, put a small router with an HDD in the trunk and configure them with a PS3 wireless controller. It does require quite some fiddling, setup and troubleshooting in order to get all of this working though ...

Secondly I was thinking of an Ouya + XMBC on it ..; but this doesn't have an analog output ...

Next in line I turn myself to Android devices which could prove great candidates for my intended use, but I am completely lost in the vast amount of devices available ... especially the ones which could tick all the boxes.

All advice and experiences would be greatly appreciated !

CS918 has this output function.

I'd say you'd want an Android Stick rather than Box though as I doubt a 12V would be able to power a full box.
13th March 2014, 01:28 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by Hammer_drum

CS918 has this output function.

I'd say you'd want an Android Stick rather than Box though as I doubt a 12V would be able to power a full box.

Hi Hammer ...

Problem with sticks is that most rely solely on HDMI output. AV-Out is mostly not an option on most.
Furthermore, these run the same chipsets as their box counterpart and consome probably only marginally less power.

The CS968 comes with a 5V 3A adapter --> Max 15W
The MK902 with a 5V 2.5 adapter --> Max 12.5 W

I do not know how much power can be drawn from a single 12V socket, but I found an adapter which could deliver 2 X 12W (2 x 2.4A), which - I think - could be sufficient to power 2 boxes ? Normally the power adapter should be sided marginally larger than the max power drain ... I hope

http://www.scosche.com/ipad-usb-car-charger-two-port

I also found an even more powerful adapter capable of delivering 6A ...
And it seems like a higher power version with 8A is under way
http://saicoo-tech.com/html/product/view-2342.html
Last edited by MaXX99; 13th March 2014 at 02:02 PM.
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