Getting laptop to stream to ecm in car
Topic by clamp | last reply
I just had an idea.... Someone needs to make a car alarm app for smart phones. It can use the microphone to listen for breaking glass, the speakerphone for playing pre-recorded messages (step away from the vehicle, the police have been called), the camera can sense movement inside the vehicle and the GPS can sense (and report) movement of the vehicle. All of this information can be sent in real time to the other phone that you carry with you. Installation is as easy as turning it on and tossing it in the seat! Compatible with any car! Battery backup! :)
Topic by AsianSpanker | last reply
Ok i have an idea im only 13... not shure if its been thought of before but everyone knows about the car that runs on water but what about a car that ran on dirty water or inpure water and then could change that to pure water while your driving :D if this was thought of before anyone else its my idea xD
Topic by moe1243 | last reply
No, not a phone in a car--a phone that is a car, or at least looks like one. This car is a converted VW Beetle that is being used to promote a phone company. I think this may be even more exciting to see on the road than the sheepdog from the movie Dumb and Dumber.Link via TechEBlog
Topic by joshf
Ibuilding a custom car body out of polystyrene foam. Any advice on what to cover the foam with to strenghten it. I was thinking abot fiberglass but was really hoping to avoid it if possibe. Any suggestions on a strong alternative to fiberglass would be appreciated.
Topic by rednax718 | last reply
Come on people!! We have "PROS" saying it cant be done to 1st timers with excellent results. i've painted cars with spray cans (not recommended) of course I used Walmart cheepo paint, Tractor paint (had JD green, IH yellow, FORD white and mixed every thing together and sprayed it on my Toyota pu. mint green, lasted 5 years till I got tired of it. Then used Western paint Porsche red on same truck weathered badly after 2 years. Now I am going to paint my 93 Dakota with Rustoleum flat black and then get the grandkids to help camo it with spray bombs,brushes, whatever. Just remember lifes short, HAVE FUN
Topic by 67 mustang
From a NYTimes article, a story about a new $2500 car hitting the market in India. It won't pass US or European emissions or safety standards, but still- how neat is this?For Tata Motors of India, which will introduce its ultra-cheap car on Thursday, the question was, what could it take out?The company has kept its new vehicle under wraps, but interviews with suppliers and others involved in its construction reveal some of its cost-cutting engineering secrets â€” including a hollowed out steering-wheel shaft, a trunk with space for a briefcase and a rear-mounted engine not much more powerful than a high-end riding mower.The upside is a car expected to retail for as little as the equivalent of $2,500, or about the price of the optional DVD player on the Lexus LX 470 sport utility vehicle.The model appearing on Thursday has no radio, no power steering, no power windows, no air-conditioning and one windshield wiper instead of two, according to suppliers and Tataâ€™s own statements. Bucking prevailing habits, the car lacks a tachometer and uses an analog rather than digital speedometer,
Topic by canida | last reply
I've seen some old flywheel powered toy cars and i'm wondering could that be scaled up to work on a pedal car so that it spins up while you're pedalling and then have it engage by lever or something to assist pedal power over bumps and stuff or just give it a boost on the flat? also most flywheels seem to be mounted vertically, is there any reason not to mount one horizontally as i think it would fit into the pedal car better that way?oh and assuming i'm limited to a certain weight would a small flywheel with an evenly distributed weight or a wider flywheel with most of the weight on the outside edge maintain its spin for longer?
Question by ambientvoid | last reply
What I am designing (and planning on working on very soon) is a vehicle with the possible speed of a gokart, but with a propulsion system similar to a bike. The mechanism itself would be a simple push pedal (like a car) but with a gear system like a bicycle. Upon pushing down the pedal, a shaft connected too it would then push against the foremost gear. and that gear would push another and so on until it comes in contact with the rear wheel, propelling it forward. A simple spring between the pedal and floor will allow the pedal to return to the original position. However I cannot seem to get the steering and brake system down right. Should the steering be that of a car and use 2 wheels on the front with a long axel connecting the 2? or more like a bike, with a one wheel turning system. (aka. should it be a 4 wheel or 3 wheel? Might depend on weight distribution and balance, though both could be possible.) and how should the brakes be arranged? a pedal, like a normal car brake, or a stick beside the driver, like an emergency break, as well as where the brake pad would come into contact with the rear. On the axel or on the wheels? Last (and most definitely not the least) is that while this vehicle must be sturdy, it must also be light weight. So any and all material recommendations for parts would be greatly appreciated. (cheap would also be appreciated) (My thought for material) chasis - light, but firm (strong) wood. axels - aluminum or steel tires - Gokart/ riding lawn mower turning wheel/steering - wood or plastic seat - whatever I can find that's soft (not a major thing) safty belt - I may not be able to test out the prototype (kinda thick) so I need the crash test dum *ahem* "driver" to survive incase a crash were to happen. brake pad - rubber so that it causes the right amount of friction but not enough to damage any parts.
Topic by curvy77 | last reply
Hi, So in computer engineering I've got to make a arduino based car, I've added a whole bunch of features such as IR tracking, obstacle avoidance(proximity sensor), optical tracking(follow a black line), and remote control through an android based phone. Since I'm a total newbie to technology I'm having trouble. I would appreciate it if You guys can point me towards resources and arduino libraries(for coding) that will work for me. Right now for coding I've only got basic pseudo-code setup since I do not know what libraries to use. I have searched up many sketches online and looked at them but didn't really understand any of the code. Here's the basic pseudo-code I got setup on the things that I've got to work on: DC Motor (4 of em for the wheels) (I also plan to add a stepper motor for turning right and left so if you could direct me on that as well) //Import necessary library //Setup the motors and pins //If signal for forward received //Code for moving forward //Set speed //Else If signal for backward received //Code for moving backward //Set speed //Else If signal for right received (keep turning right till stop signal received) //Code for moving right //Set speed //Else If signal for left received (keep turning left till stop signal received) //Code for moving left //Set speed //Else If signal for stop is received (Should we slow down to a stop or just stop?) //Code for stop //Set speed IR (I've got transmitting and recording diodes) //Import Library //Declare Pin for the IR Sensor //While loop: Move Right //If IR signal is received //move forward //Else //Jump back to top of loop Proximity Sensor (obstacle avoidance mode) (I might either use the one from Lego kit or buy a separate one ) //Import Library //Declare Pin for proximity sensor //While Loop: Send out sonar(echolocation or whatever) every second //Is there any obstacle? //Yes, turn right so many degrees, and go back to while loop //No, move on forward at set speed //If you’re surrounded and cannot exit send out a message through flashing LED's ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I'm not asking for the code or for any of you to do all my stuff for me, I'm just asking for direction and resources. Thank You
Topic by Dark_Pheonix | last reply
Http://www.hulu.com/search?query=Thunderbolt+And+Lightfoot&st;=0 I just saw this movie and there was much debate over the make of this car. Granted the link is a dark picture, but at 1:30:24 and 1:35:33, there are some shots of this car. If you could kindly take the time I'd be most grateful....... not to mention you would settle an argument. Thanks
Question by onrust | last reply
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Topic by jmacman12
When I tried to start my car the ignition just clicked a few times, then finally started. It seemed like the battery was weak. I spoke to a mechanic who said probably one battery cell was bad and advised that I replace the battery. I did that and now have a brand new battery. I didn't fix the problem. Does anyone have advice?
Topic by BdaSpidey | last reply
PLEASE HELP. i am trying to find a way to install some usb ports in my car to be used as power supplies for various devices (mp3, nav systm,phone).Â i hate clutter, so i'm trying to stay away from adapters for the cigarette lighter plug.Â im pretty sure i need to reuce the volts and amps so i do not harm the devices.Â please help. i dont even know where to begin.
Topic by lvlaveryk | last reply
First off, this is a question about speakers sound quality loudness and all that stuff, it doesn't really have to do with any math or equations, just experience. So I want some sub woofers, and after looking around I have determined that there are cheap ones, and very expensive ones. Now, if I get a fairly affordable 15" (med quality) will it be louder/better than a 12" one that costs $900
Question by jj.inc | last reply
Ok i want to build an electric hybrid system my first question is ac or dc power. i want to build a paralleled drive system. that uses the stock motor to drive on the highway with maybe a little help from the electric motors. here are my thoughts start with a f250 powerstroke diesel crew cab truck, install a divorced t case and new drive shaft, hook the electric motor to the t case front axle output. the goal is to use the space by the tool boxes to fit the batteries and later update the alternator. the goal here is a hybrid that can still haul what a normal truck can but run purely on electricity when in town
Topic by dkeller8 | last reply
I bought a car battery just so I could take it with me camping and charge my cell phone. Here is the problem: car powered devices are designed to be charged in a car while the car is running. The voltage of car power is 14.4 volts and the voltage of a fully charged car battery is 12.6 volts. The car battery will charge my cell phone because it is low amperage and does not drop the voltage very much (only if the car battery is mostly full), but if I try to connect my inverter and power higher-amp devices the inverter will beep and not work because it senses low voltage. One way I can get my battery to work is if I had a DC step up transformer. A car battery ranges between 0 and 12.6 volts. I need something which can supply a constant 14.4 volts as the battery is drained. Another option is if I got two batteries and hooked them together in series for 24 volts. If I did that I would need a transformer which could convert 24 to 14.4 volts as the batteries drained. So what is the best way to do this? This is for my camera drone: a DJI Mavic Air. If I could charge my drone batteries with a car battery I could fly a lot longer. Thanks-Jacob
Question by Noblenutria | last reply
Hi all, I was wondering if I could hook up a gamecube with on of these: http://www.amazon.com/Monitor-Support-Resolution-Automobile-Rear-view/dp/B006MPRFJQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid;=1370211690&sr;=8-1&keywords;=car+monitor I was just wondering how I could hook it up using one auxillary power sources. Note - we also have a usb inside the car, but we don't have an AC. Thanks, gallerdude
Question by gallerdude | last reply
The car alternator that i have don't have any magnets inside. it is not a universal ac/dc motor because when i hooked up car battery to it. it wont run. how does it run in the car. is there any circuit that i need to make to make the motor run here is the pictures that i took there is only a F written next to the green wire and a N on the top right of the motor just after the green wire. the white wire is very thick
Question by ARJOON | last reply
Hello Friends, Car donations can be a good source of added income for many non-profit organizations. What amounts to a tax write-off for many dealerships can be turned around and sold so the charities can increase their ability to help their causes. If you are interested in getting an automobile donation, asking a dealership to donate may be a good option. Calculate all the facts and figures before you even contact a dealership about getting a donation. Car dealers are traditionally bottom-line oriented people. This means they understand numbers well. If you can show what your operating budget and expenses are and how a donation can be a financial help to you and how the tax break will help the dealer, you will be better off. Best Regards Tim Boon Donating Cars
Topic by TimBoon | last reply
Guys, I and my two boys have a Tomy AFX slot car racing system that we set up and play. We have a load of track so we can set up a long, winding track. The downside though, is that as the speed controllers are connected by a wire, when one of the cars comes off, you have to go over to put it back on the track and one of two things happen; 1) you have to drop the controller, go over to the point where the car comes off, then run back (Me) or 2) run over to where the car has come off, forgetting that the controler is still connected to the track and pull the track apart (the boys) If there was a way of making the controllers wireless, it would be brilliant. It would mean you could stand where you want and not have to waste as much time when recovering your car. As i see it, I would need four independent transmitters, of one channel each. That's about the limit of my knowledge of the wireless bit! The cars get about 22 volts, although clearly the current is not massive. The current controllers are basically a rheastat with a trigger connected to the wiper that contacts the coiled resistive wire. Any of you clever guys out there know of a relativeley cheap and simple way of making this wireless?
Topic by lesthegringo
I had a few ideas on how to make more efficient cars. First off why is it we have NO generators being used while stuffs rotating. Take a small generator with a rubber drive point...like there a chain or belt would go... and place that on the tires. This is a friction driven generator which means that it would not work well in the rain. These...if done right... could keep the car running and then keep the battery charged. Using the battery only for stops. I also think we need to figure out a way to put a coil in the drive train somewhere. Making it to where when the car stops the coil is wound tight, when the car takes off again the coil could unwind and help the car take off. this feature added to gasoline engines would help cut the cost of gas greatly, not to mention emissions.
Topic by NativeSs | last reply
In the early 70s Mother Earth news advertised a kit to make a hybrid car using a 5 horse engine to run an alternator that fed a battery bank which in turn ran an airplane engine starter motor coupled to the transmission shaft. Is that still viable? Or does anybody have that set of plans for sale?
Question by EliWatney | last reply
Hello, My burning question is if I can recharge a car battery with a 12 v 5 Amps DC energy source. The car battery is a 12v 70 A standard battery, i think it uses Lead. I am asking because i do not have any experience in recharging car batteries and i know that mobile phone batteries can explode if you do somenthing wrong, so i want to get it right the first time with a car battery. Thanks.
Topic by cdanutz | last reply
I am building a mousetrap car that is giving me problems in propulsion. I have attached an arm to the trap, I have moved the trap closer to the wheel. I have added a second mousetrap, and it still doesn't work. Any guesses on why the car isn't working?
Question by Goalie1 | last reply
Me and my dad are going to a junk yard to pick up a 37 packard and a 65 mustang and we are going to make them electric but only one problem neither of us know how the electricity will power car to move i dont understand that if you can give an explantion or even better a diagram showing how to do it it. thanks alot guys.
Question by DELETED_JAZ97 | last reply
Heej everyone i have a remote controlled car but the remote is broken ( idont knwo why it just doesn't work) so i want to control it via my laptop but if i search it up on these pages there are some answers but they are too complicated so i don't get what i need to do xs can you guys help me please
Topic by jwollanders
Hello boys and girls I have been saving up my lunch money for several months and thought about buying a new car. (my mom gave my car away to my nephew). I want something that is cheep, gets good gas mileage and preferable not made in the Republic of Korea (no Kia or Hyundai for personal reasons). I thought about a hybrid but they are like 6 grand more expensive and the advantage of MPG doesn't really justify the cost. I figure i can spend under 20,000. but i only make about 1 grand a month (take home) but i dont know how much insurance is going to be (probably expensive because im under 25) Or should i get one of them "pre-loved" cars at the dealer. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. (i thought about getting a bike but its not really a family friendly vehicle.
Topic by thematthatter | last reply
I recently bought a used car. It has a radio, but no faceplate. While I could probably find a replacement faceplate or even install a new radio myself. I want to see if I might be able to DIY my own stereo out of the bits of my radio I do have and maybe an MP3 player or something. I figure the amplifier and power systems are all hanging out in the box there. So all thats actually missing is the part that acutally makes the audio to send to the amp. Anyone out there know enough about car stereo to confirm/deny my thoughts on this and maybe provide some advice?
Topic by foxstele | last reply