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Old 01-26-2007, 08:08 PM   #31
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Nice cfq83! But I was wanting one where you could make the LEDs display text on demand. Like if someone is being a dork behind you, you could switch on the LED screen and type a custom message to them instantly (a phrase more creative than giving the finger).
At the Pep Boys near us is a full size LED scrolling thingy for $40. It is maybe 12 characters wide and very visible. It will store 5 120 character messages. It has an infrared remote control. I don't think it has a keyboard, though, so you would have to be very prescient about what you might want to say. I already have a yellow-cheapo-plastic cutting board in my car with the words "THANK YOU" on it. It's good at disarming people's aggressive driving personalities. I didn't make the insulting kind in order to avoid the temptation of being road-raged.

I would probably have these (mild) messages :

1 - 38 TOTAL MPG, THANKS GASSAVERS.ORG!!!
2 - FOLLOW ME FOR GREAT MPG!!! (to disarm the tailgaters)
3 - THANK YOU! (when someone is nice)
4 - PLEASE? (in conjuntion with a turn signal)
5 - DANGER!!! (when I see crap or accident in the road ahead)



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Old 01-27-2007, 06:55 AM   #32
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I love the idea of a real-time MPG display for the rear window.

I came up with a sticker idea a while back: Want better fuel economy? Stay behind me.

I'd like to have a reverseed gassavers.org windshield sticker so people could read it in their rearview mirror.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:35 AM   #33
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I think yoshi could whip up a real time MPG display that would feed off the signal from the superMID. Someone like Matt should ask him how doable it is.


Matt? Yoshi?
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Old 01-27-2007, 05:43 PM   #34
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Hi all,

My favorite kit shop has such LED dot-matrix display unit as attached, so it is doable.

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Old 01-27-2007, 05:54 PM   #35
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それはいくらですか。きれいなledですけど、ちょっとたかいんでしょうかねえ。。。
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Old 01-27-2007, 11:27 PM   #36
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それはいくらですか。きれいなledですけど、ちょっとたかいんでしょうかねえ。。。
Translation: "How much is it? Beautiful led, but it looks expensive, does it?"

The base kit(32x16 dots) is 7,800 JPY(about USD64) and added another 32x16 dot unit is 2,800 JPY(about USD23).

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Old 01-28-2007, 08:31 AM   #37
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Yay, go go japanese magic. Anyway, so what would it cost to add it as a module to the MID?

I feel like I'll have to meet you this summer while I'm in japan and thank you for giving us all pre-obd2 people the joy of instantaneous FE feedback!
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Hi SVOboy,
The additional circuit will be serial output on the SuperMID, so it'll be only a few US dallers.
Please let me know when your travel schedule is fixed. Let's have a couple of beers!

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