12 December 2007
I designed this version of the ITX skin for Roadrunner touch screens for a fellow car computer enthusiast from Sweden, who contacted me via this site, requesting a custom-designed ITX skin based on the original skin for the Acura ITX carPC project. He intends to display his vehicle, a Nissan 200sx s14a (240sx), in Sweden’s largest car show…
We discussed his needs and requirements over the course of a couple days, settled on a price based on the amount of work required, and I set about designing a series of screens and RoadRunner scripts customized to his vehicle and the color-scheme he requested.
Here is a sampling of the screens which I designed for his car computer system:
1. The Loading screen
This is the screen which is presented after the car computer system has booted up and while the RoadRunner touch screen application is first loading. Here we see the Nissan s14a prior to the overlaying of any of the ITX Skin’s menus.
2. The Main Menu
Once RoadRunner has loaded, the main menu, shown here, is presented to the user. This screen gives access, via the lozenge buttons across the top, to the Audio Player, Audio Browser, Video Players, and embedded GPS navigation.
3. The Audio Browser screen
The Audio browser screen gives access to the music archive stored on the car computer system, via two separate playlists. The playlist on the left shows the music library stored on the carpc, and the list on the right is then built by selecting music entries from the music library on the left. Both menus are made active by selecting their header text. The library can be quickly skipped-through by pressing the horizontal alphabet across the top, just beneath the header area.
4. The Audio Player screen
The Audio Player screen displays the playlist which was built in the Audio Browser screen. The Audio Player screen also shows the album art beneath a progress slider on the left side of the screen. The playlist can be quickly navigated by way of the small lozenge buttons situated between the two main screen areas.
5. The Video Options Menu
This is the Video-type selection screen, giving access to MPG and AVI files stored on the car computer’s hard drive, or to an embedded copy of Cyberlink’s PowerDVD software for playing DVD movies.
6. The Video Browser screen
The Video Browser screen allows navigating and selecting the MPG and AVI movies which are available on the CarPC’s hard drive.
7. The iGuidance main screen
This screen shows a copy of iGuidance embedded into the ITX Skin for RoadRunner.
8. The iGuidance music sub-menu
This is a sub-screen of the primary iGuidance screen, and allows for the display of currently playing music, as well as control over music functions such as PREV/NEXT, PLAY, STOP, and volume. It’s accessed by pressing the the MUSIC button in the top-row of the lower menu.
9. The iGuidance Extended Functions screen
This is a another sub-screen of the embedded iGuidance screens… It is accessed by pressing the FUNCTIONS button in the lower-right corner of the menu across the bottom. This screen has an alternate menu which gives access to toggling the POIs, fog and speed warnings, and adjusting the volume of the built-in iGuidance voice prompts.
10. The Audio Equalizer and Mixer
This screen gives access to typical audio mixer and equalizer functions, and allows for the saving of four custom equalizer presets.
11. The Exit menu
This is the EXIT menu which provides shortcuts to such computer functions as standby, reboot, hibernate, etc. Pretty self-explanatory.
12. The About screen
The about screen gives a little info about the skin and its designer (me).
or, What my speakers are currently pumping…
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