Workshop 12

Another great piece of information shared by a member of our community (Rene) on how to root your tablet so that it will automatically turn on when it detects a charge from the USB connection.  This is super handy when the tablet is totally shut down (powered off or out of battery).  The steps below are performed on a Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) on Android version 8.1.0 (Oreo).

As usual, from Rene and Workshop 12,  we make the following disclaimer:  Neither party is responsible for any damage you may encounter when following this guide. It is your own responsibility. You can brick your device. Rene has done the changes on his own tablet with the help of the online information he could find, and these are the steps he has taken. 

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Connecting your tablet into a vehicle can be a bit of a brain teaser.  There are many different things to think of like how to wire a power source to keep your tablet charged when in use, and how to configure your tablet power settings so that it turns on/off when your car is turned on/off.

To top this all off we need to have a conversation about what type of connection to use when plugging into the Micro-USB port of your tablet.  This topic is absolutely simple if you’re thinking of just running power to your tablet to keep it charged and ready to go.  Simply use a Male right angle Micro-USB (for best clearance) to standard Male USB cable and connect it to a 5V power source.

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One of the most common questions we receive from Nissan 370Z owners that have the factory Navigation unit is whether or not our dashboard plastics will work with their vehicle?

The answer is “kind of”.  The Brainiac plastics for the Nissan 370Z utilize the factory climate control unit from the non-navigation 370Z.  So that means in order to have the plastics work with the navigation version, a swap of the climate control electronics is required.  Now this process is possible, but it isn’t for the faint of heart.   Brad Gardner has provided a DIY on how to make this work based on the swap that he did on his car, and with his permission we’ve created a copy of the DIY below.

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**UPDATED: December 17th** With the final items of Brainiac version 3 wrapping up we wanted to give the community some more insight on what features we have planned for version 4.  Of course these are features that are “planned” and there’s no guarantee that they will be in version 4 🙂  If we have most things ready and some are holding us back, they might push out to version 5.  Oh, and yes… these features will be provided as a simple free upgrade of the existing software.

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One of the most common questions we receive about the 350Z or 370Z is how you are able to continue to use the factory equipped BOSE amplifier.  Some people choose to by-pass the BOSE system and just wire their speakers directly into a new amp.  This topic is always one of hot debate on the Z forums around which option sounds good and which sounds like crap 🙂

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**UPDATED: December 17th** With the latest release (version 2) of Brainiac now available we turn our sights towards the features we’re targeting to try and fit into version 3 of the software.  But first, if you’re having a hard time finding the app in Google Play, simply search for “Brainiac launcher”.

With our release of version 2 of the software we focused on multiple screen resolutions and Android operating system versions 5 and above.  All with a goal to widen the range of supported devices.  Now with version 3 we’ll be focusing on adding some more utility and personalization features.

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In Google’s/Samsung’s infinite wisdom they introduced a setting in Android Marshmallow 6.0 where you have to explicitly set apps to have permissions to draw over top of other apps.  Of course this also affects the Brainiac home screen launcher as we draw our gesture controls over top of other applications.  When you try and turn on the Brainiac gesture controls your Marshmallow device might tell you that it cannot apply the setting.

To fix this issue you simply need to configure your device settings to allow the Brainiac app to draw over top of other applications.

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As we work through resurfacing of the 3D scan and creating some initial drawings of dashboard styles we want to take this time to poll the community on the best tablet choice for the 370Z.

This is always a tough decision as it depends on which tablets have the proper physical size to fit within the dashboard trim (including headphone/power jack locations) as well as a balance between specs, price and functionality.

So we have 3 candidates to choose from.  Our Suggestion is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1″ – This has the best combination of OS support, RAM, Processor, Screen Size and Price.

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We are extremely excited to kick off the Nissan 370Z project with the initial phase of digital 3D scanning of the dashboard surface, inner structure and trim pieces.  While this may seem like a simple process of pointing a scanner at the dashboard and pulling a trigger, it is much more complex (a 7 hour process) and you want to make sure you get it done right the first time.

As with all our 3D scanning projects the first step is to get into the car and apply all the target stickers.  These stickers give the scanner a frame of reference of where the parts are in 3D space.  First was going through the interior fully intact to ensure we have a scan of the factory fit to overlay over everything when we are done to ensure as much of an OEM fit as possible.

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Another milestone in the Nemesis R1 build occurred earlier this week where the entire chassis was 3D scanned.  Before performing the scan the entire rear section of the car was removed and a full new rear configuration created in order to fit the Subaru EJ207 and STI six speed transmission.  With this new configuration in place it was time to scan the chassis to move the project to the next step.

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After releasing the first version of the Brainiac Android home screen launcher we’re now working hard on version 2.  We’ll continue to look to add features and improvements to the software over time to enrich the in car experience.

Currently the planned updates for version 2 of the software are focused on support for more screen resolutions and adding the capability to configure multiple relays for various auxiliary systems in your car (relay controller coming soon).

The changes required to support multiple screen resolutions and removing the device restrictions in Google Play are:

  • Scaling the screen edge touch gesture points to make sense on larger screen resolution devices with higher pixel density
  • Fixing some label sizing and layouts for the media “currently playing” area and application grid icon labels
  • Supporting newer Android versions with global accessibility gestures.  These currently have some compatibility issues on newer versions of the Android OS
  • Relay Accessory Configuration

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We’re extremely excited to announce the new Workshop 12 project vehicle named the Nemesis R1. The R1 has been designed to provide the ultimate single seater driving experience combining advanced coilover pushrod suspension design for great handling and fast track times.

A Supercar like power to weight ratio of 300+ HP to 1400 lbs creates exhilarating acceleration and 4-piston Wilwood breaks bring you to a quick stop.  The Nemeis R1 is equipped with a Subaru JDM STI EJ207 engine dyno tuned to an estimated 300+ HP with an 8000 RPM redline. Combining these horsepower figures with an estimated vehicle weight of 1400 lbs creates a supercar like power to weight ratio. Crisp shifts are provided with fully pneumatic paddle shifting creating a F1 car like driving experience.

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