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Old 07-16-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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Dimensions work well with case. Neodymium magnets are exact thickness as case and use an old smart cover magnet hinge as a latch for the top.







Charger: PowerMat wireless inductive charging mat

Radio: TuneIn Radio app

Volume Control: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'm currently using a direct phono to RCA adapter to a Kenwood amp powering the stock speakers and sounds crystal clear. No tweaking or EQ needed.

Future plans:
  • Bluetooth audio gateway for wireless music - COMPLETE!
  • Paint the magnetic hinge black
  • Introduce steering wheel volume controls with ibus to Arduino to bluetooth control for iPad.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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I've been considering this for a while, but won't do it until Apple makes an iPad mini with retina. I can make a bezel and it will fit perfectly where nav would go. But what I want to know is how does your stereo function without the headunit? I currently use something similar to the dice connection. Did you plug into one?
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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Great question ^

Where and how is the iPad connected to in order for the speakers to work properly?
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:41 PM   #4
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Looks like it'll pick up a lot of glare
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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I've been considering this for a while, but won't do it until Apple makes an iPad mini with retina. I can make a bezel and it will fit perfectly where nav would go. But what I want to know is how does your stereo function without the headunit? I currently use something similar to the dice connection. Did you plug into one?
Aftermarket Kenwood amp connected to stock speakers. Phono adapter direct from iPad to RCA input. Sound is crystal clear.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:46 PM   #6
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Looks like it'll pick up a lot of glare
The photo really doesn't do it justice. I drive a vert, and even with the top down in bright sun, I rarely have any issues looking at the display. Worst case is when the sun is directly reflecting (which is rare), but I can place the cover over it. Also, if it's a large concern for you they make anti-glare screen guards.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:34 PM   #7
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Just completed my PowerMat wireless inductive charging integration. Now my ipad is 100% wireless. Pictures and video to come later...
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Oh yes, looking to do an antenna delete mod, if anyone can recommend a clean method to remove the antenna from a convertible.
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great integration with the magnets and induction charging pad. What did you use to solve BT and A2DP integration along with steering wheel controls?
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great integration with the magnets and induction charging pad. What did you use to solve BT and A2DP integration along with steering wheel controls?
I'm just using a Bluetooth remote currently. Some day i may integrate into the steering controls, but too much going on right now.
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Very cool idea. Would an Ipad mini fit in that dual din cutout or is it too big?
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #13
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Well, lol, after numerous complaints from the family of getting too hot in the back seat with the vents 1/2 covered, I decided to downgrade to the new Nexus 7 FHD. It fits perfect in the original hole, and comes with built-in wireless charging capability. So next step will be to get a Qi charger capable of penetrating a protective case for the Nexus tablet. Everything else seamlessly integrates to the car with the Bluetooth. Matter of fact, if you shift the Nexus tablet over all the way to the far right of the space, you have just enough room to fit the bluetooth remote housed in the same location you would expect to find a volume/track control on a normal receiver. No drilling required, I just install magnets and the remote is easily removable.
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How did you retrofit your iPad case to use the Duracell inductive charging system? Im currently planning on using an iPad Air.
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I had to carefully pull apart and remove the Duracell inductive mechanism from a cheap iPhone case. My iPad, however is iPad 2, so it uses the old style adapters which are cheap now. The new interfaces, I don't know if they are available for PowerMatt. You may be able to find a Qi based system that you could do the same thing with. Ideally one that is suited to the Mini.
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Here's a cheap one: http://www.amazon.com/YIPIN-Standard...i+charger+case

They are only $17, and if you mess it up pulling it out, who cares? You can get really cheap Qi chargers as well. I suggest getting a round one that has enough amperage to charge the Mini. Round ones are much easier to cut hole for and match up to your ABS/Acrylic. That's what I did when I moved to my Nexus 7 install: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1024067
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