Check out my review of the latest Android Head Unit to hit ebay. Short and Sweet.
Story quoted from Jalopnik.com by Jason Torchinsky, 4/21/15
Full Story Here.
"... if you want to modify your car by getting your ECU flashed to make changes to, say, increase horsepower, change throttle response, or whatever, you’re violating the law, even if you don’t touch any of the safety or security code in the car’s computers."
Granted the media tends to sensationalize things, and I PROMISE this blog will not become a political or social commentary platform, but this issue is relevant to the core principles of Chippernut: That of open participation in DIY automotive enhancements - including on-board vehicle computers. I feel a lot of the readers here would agree this is an important issue that needs to be analyzed in a fair and unbiased manner. Please ponder the implications of this and, if you choose, take the first step by signing the EFF petition against this potential law. EFF News Story here
Sign the Petition: Fight for your right to repair your car.
The code is ugly, so I won't post it -- unless someone really wants it. I just wanted to get this project done so it's really band-aided together. All in all, it was about 2 hours of assembly and 8 hours of programming. It features 6 different modes: Color Selector, 2-tone Gradient, Ripple Effect, Lava Lamp, Fireplace, and Whiteout.
At any point you can push the auxiliary pushbutton and it will transition to white for a cool, clean, (and very bright) white working light. Push it again and it softly transitions back to the mode you were last on. I started to implement a dimming feature, but gave up for the sake of getting the project completed.
I know updates have been few and far between, but they will resume again at a normal pace -- I promise. Don't think I've given up working on some new Chippernut ideas, either. :-) I'm working on some exciting stuff. V2 code for the existing shift light is complete, I just have to run it through some tests. Also: here's a teaser currently on my breadboard. There's a significant shortage of wires... but hopefully soon...
Jon @ Chippernut