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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Fri, Jun-15-2018, 11:33:47 PM   #1
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Default Interest in a fully integrated A2DP Bluetooth solution?

Hey all,

I've begun working on a bluetooth module for my car that will fully integrate with the I-Bus, allowing me to see audio meta data on my nav screen (or Business CD) as well as retain all OE controls. On top of that, I'm thinking about adding some goodies to the module, such as:

* Logging where the car goes (based on the GPS info sent over I-Bus)
* Logging any time the vehicle is overrevved while cold (> 3k RPM while under 65C)
* Keeping the clock in sync with GPS time
* Adding OBC data to the "CD" view of the Nav Screen, so you can see audio metadata _and_ OBC data.
* Allowing you to set the Pin and display name of the Bluetooth module

Long term goals include making an app to allow you to retrieve all logged data and control device settings. I also plan on checking with the E39 and E38 communities to see if they would be interested. The I-Bus is pretty similar on these platforms, so supporting other vehicles should be trivial.

Is there any interest for something like this from the community? I'm about halfway to an MVP, so now's the time to gauge interest.

I should add that If there's interest, the price point I'm targeting is ~$120 USD.

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Definitely interested
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Old Sat, Jun-16-2018, 12:16:12 AM   #3
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Bring it.im interested.
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Old Sat, Jun-16-2018, 12:19:50 AM   #4
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Looking forward to more information, as I am not sure I fully understand all of what this does, but it sounds like something I'd be interested in once I learn more about what it does and the capabilities/purpose. New products for this platform are always welcome.
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Default Re: Interest in a fully integrated A2DP Bluetooth solution?

I'm in. I had a GROM in my M5 and will eventually add something similar to my M3. Happy for something better.
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Looking forward to more information, as I am not sure I fully understand all of what this does, but it sounds like something I'd be interested in once I learn more about what it does and the capabilities/purpose. New products for this platform are always welcome.
The basic gist is that the module will plug into the vehicle and "replace" the CD player functionality with Bluetooth instead. It will also display the Title, Album and Artist on either the Business CD screen or the Nav Screen. All of the OE buttons (Pause/Play, Forward, Backwards, Steering wheel, etc) will be retained so that you can control playback.

It'll be like a what DICE was for iPods back in the day.

A couple other things I forgot to mention:

* The project firmware and hardware will be fully Open Source under the BSD license.
* The firmware will be upgradable, so as I develop features, you can deploy them to your modules (likely via USB cord).
* I'm toying with the idea of integrating the OE microphone so that I can delete the stock TCU and still take phone calls via the car speakers.
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I'm in. I had a GROM in my M5 and will eventually add something similar to my M3. Happy for something better.
As far as I know, the GROM adapters won't show you metadata on the CD / Nav display, right?

If so, that would definitely make my module an improvement.
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Default Re: Interest in a fully integrated A2DP Bluetooth solution?

I have a Grom, and it works well. Unfortunately the connection is glitchy as hell. Gotta pause then play, reset mode on nav, etc.

If yours has the functionality of a firefly minus the exposed wires, And auto self charging like a Grom (turns off completely with no charging) then I’m in.
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I have a Grom, and it works well. Unfortunately the connection is glitchy as hell. Gotta pause then play, reset mode on nav, etc.

If yours has the functionality of a firefly minus the exposed wires, And auto self charging like a Grom (turns off completely with no charging) then Iím in.
That Firefly looks gross. I already have a semi-successful I-Bus project (https://github.com/tedsalmon/DroidIBus) where I was able to hash out the bugginess of interfacing with the I-Bus.

What do you mean by this, though?
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And auto self charging like a Grom (turns off completely with no charging)
Do you mean, have the unit turn off when the key is removed?
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