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View Poll Results: What display color do you prefer?
White on black 27 23.48%
Yellow on blue 1 0.87%
Red on black 38 33.04%
Black on green 8 6.96%
OLED Blue on black 37 32.17%
OLED Yellow on black 4 3.48%
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #22
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:50 PM   #23
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Old 09-19-2013, 05:05 AM   #24
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Think I'll have any takers?
I have absolutely no practical use for this.......but if you sell them......

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Old 09-19-2013, 08:40 AM   #26
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Pretty cool but too bad only one angle displayed
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:52 AM   #27
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:11 AM   #29
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Thanks for all the responses guys! Looks like I'll have to start making these available! Right now I've got an outstanding order for a custom circuit board for converting 12v to 5v and 3.3v for both the LCD display and the accelerometer on board. Once I confirm that those work I'm going to order a bunch:



Can I get your feedback on possible package options?

Unassembled components, DIY version
This will be the raw boards and loose components that the owner will have to solder him/herself. The most work, but also the cheapest. Soldering skills required (there are plenty of tutorials on the web). Cost: $

Assembled
This one comes preassembled (which means I'll do the soldering on my end). However it's still just a raw circuit board without any kind of container so the owner will need to figure out some way to mount it. Cost: $$

Self-contained
The most "complete" version: assembled board in some kind of enclosure. Just hook up 12v from the truck and stick it somewhere and you're done. Zero end-user work required (other than getting 12v from somewhere). There's also the possibility of getting it battery powered (9v) so you won't even need to pull any wires from anywhere. Cost: $$$

I've got some other options in mind like providing a custom enclosure for the sunglasses holder in the roof console (my preferred location). But one thing at a time.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:16 AM   #30
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Assembled
This one comes preassembled (which means I'll do the soldering on my end). However it's still just a raw circuit board without any kind of container so the owner will need to figure out some way to mount it. Cost: $$

Self-contained
The most "complete" version: assembled board in some kind of enclosure. Just hook up 12v from the truck and stick it somewhere and you're done. Zero end-user work required (other than getting 12v from somewhere). There's also the possibility of getting it battery powered (9v) so you won't even need to pull any wires from anywhere. Cost: $$$

One of these options is very appealing...
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:24 AM   #32
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Any option is good with me. Given a choice among them, a pile of parts is fine. I can solder them together easily enough, and coming up with an enclosure is sort of a personal touch, anyway. I've actually got some old drive sled carriers from old Xserves that would make a good start for enclosures. Bonus is that the color scheme tends to match the interior Tacoma color scheme.

Hell, I'd even volunteer to put some of your kits together for folks that want to save a few bucks, but aren't comfortable with the soldering aspect.



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Thanks for all the responses guys! Looks like I'll have to start making these available! Right now I've got an outstanding order for a custom circuit board for converting 12v to 5v and 3.3v for both the LCD display and the accelerometer on board. Once I confirm that those work I'm going to order a bunch:



Can I get your feedback on possible package options?

Unassembled components, DIY version
This will be the raw boards and loose components that the owner will have to solder him/herself. The most work, but also the cheapest. Soldering skills required (there are plenty of tutorials on the web). Cost: $

Assembled
This one comes preassembled (which means I'll do the soldering on my end). However it's still just a raw circuit board without any kind of container so the owner will need to figure out some way to mount it. Cost: $$

Self-contained
The most "complete" version: assembled board in some kind of enclosure. Just hook up 12v from the truck and stick it somewhere and you're done. Zero end-user work required (other than getting 12v from somewhere). There's also the possibility of getting it battery powered (9v) so you won't even need to pull any wires from anywhere. Cost: $$$

I've got some other options in mind like providing a custom enclosure for the sunglasses holder in the roof console (my preferred location). But one thing at a time.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:25 AM   #33
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #34
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BTW, is your LCD dimmable?

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Thanks for all the responses guys! Looks like I'll have to start making these available! Right now I've got an outstanding order for a custom circuit board for converting 12v to 5v and 3.3v for both the LCD display and the accelerometer on board. Once I confirm that those work I'm going to order a bunch:



Can I get your feedback on possible package options?

Unassembled components, DIY version
This will be the raw boards and loose components that the owner will have to solder him/herself. The most work, but also the cheapest. Soldering skills required (there are plenty of tutorials on the web). Cost: $

Assembled
This one comes preassembled (which means I'll do the soldering on my end). However it's still just a raw circuit board without any kind of container so the owner will need to figure out some way to mount it. Cost: $$

Self-contained
The most "complete" version: assembled board in some kind of enclosure. Just hook up 12v from the truck and stick it somewhere and you're done. Zero end-user work required (other than getting 12v from somewhere). There's also the possibility of getting it battery powered (9v) so you won't even need to pull any wires from anywhere. Cost: $$$

I've got some other options in mind like providing a custom enclosure for the sunglasses holder in the roof console (my preferred location). But one thing at a time.
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:02 PM   #37
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most customers are going to want something easy to mount and without dicking with it too much... (IMHO)
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