Originally Posted by jluv
You can do Nav, camera, TV tuner, USB, etc with the Alpine units as well, but you'll probably spend more in the end.
I've been wanting a carputer (or car PC, whatever they are calling it nowadays) for a long time, but as interested/savvy as I am with car audio, I know very little about computers and have just never been very good with them. I honestly believe that they will be the standard in vehicles (even from the factory) in a few years. You can store all of your media right there on the hard drive. You can do nav, TV, internet, 7.1, view pictures... the possibilities are endless. I think when they start putting them in vehicles from the factory they will also tie into the vehicle diagnostics, records, security, and all kinds of other information about what's going on with the vehicle itself.
it's really pretty simple from what i gathered. the setup i thought about doing was:
mac mini = $600. (intel core 2 duo chip, 80 GB hd, wifi, bluetooth, cd/dvd, bunch-o-ports, mini optical).
GPS software plus usb gps receiver is less than $100.
HDTV tuner cards (which feature AM/FM) are about $50.
a company (carnetix) even went as far as making a prebuilt a/c to d/c converter you can wire in specifically for that unit. it features soft power off which resolves the concern over hard power on and offs. $30
the only thing that is tough is the screen. you can get 6,7,or 8" tft lcd touch screens anywhere between 200-400 dollars but im just not sure the quality of the picture of the accuracy of the touch screen.