I'd like to do the following with my GCT. I've upgraded to 256MB SODIMM and have a 20GB Hard drive attached to the mini-IDE.
I'm debating on using Midori or Win98. I could do 98Lite to improve speed.
Key things I'd like to do:
* Use the GCT as a touch-screen GPS navigator.
--> How? Software would have to run on Linux or Win98. Would have to take inputs from USB-based GPS device.
* Use the GCT as a Video Device to STREAM (from the GCT) video to OTHER GCT's in the car. They would be powered by DC of course, and mounted on the headrests.
--> How? Use VideoLan or similar to stream the video content to the other GCT's over wireless. At 2mbps, it might be possible, no?
* Use the GCT as a mobile email/web/google earth browser.
--> How? Using a USB 1.1 Wireless device, I'd bridge (somehow) a connection to my PDA/PocketPC Phone (which has both bluetooth and 802.11b). Using it's EDVO or GPRS, I'd link the two together. Awkward, but doable, no?
* Use the GCT as an interface into my vehicle using OBD-II interfaces.
--> How? I'd have to customize the software and interface mechanics (meaning USB, etc), but it's possible, and I could even configure the engine on demand (performance versus economy, etc). I'll have to do this later.
Now, the questions:
(1) How good is video performance on Linux? On Windows 98, ME? 98 with 98Lite installed? I can tweak the HELL out of an operating system for max performance, so I could probably squeeze 5-10% better performance than what most people think is possible. What, however, *is* possible? What is the resolution of the GCT LCD, at What color depth? I know VLC could run in Linux and/or Windows, and it would handle anything I could put it on, but still, if the combination of chipset, video chip and CPU cannot handle at a minimum 640x480 at 15 frames per second, why bother? Add to that the fact that the LCD is a DSTN, and you add inherent LCD refresh delays -- who knows ,it might work, but it might look like absolute crap laddie.
(2) How is GPS possible (if at all) using a 1.1 USB interface. I've not heard of this.
(3) How does one share an existing 802.11b enabled device (my PDA, with one link up to the internet) with the GCT? I imagine 802.11b, but then again, I could try bluetooth. I'm going to have to do research on this.