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Thread: My car dock hack. HDMI out to car audio/video (webtop/mirror/netflix)

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    My car dock hack. HDMI out to car audio/video (webtop/mirror/netflix)

    Wassup everyone. This is my first contribution to this forum. I've had the first Droid, Droid X, and now the Droid Bionic. I was lucky enough to get the package deal from Costco. And of course I rooted it right when I got home! =)

    First off, I already had an audio/video setup for my car(ps2/dvd/hdtv tuner,reverse camera) but thought it would be cool to integrate my new phone so I could stream Netflix to all my screens. To my surprise, webtop was a welcomed side effect to my hack. Now I just need to buy a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. (anyone wanna donate? :P)

    - First I took apart the car dock and grinded/drilled an opening so I could fit the micro hdmi cable.
    - Then I docked the phone. Then aligned and plugged in the micro hdmi into the phone.
    - I then epoxied the hdmi onto the case and let it dry.
    - The stock power port was adjusted to match with the hdmi port and epoxied that as well.
    - I put everything back together.

    I wasn't planning to do a write-up of my hack but thought I would share. Here are my after thought photos. Sorry, I took some photos with the Bionic, but mostly the with my OG Droid. Btw, Doing this method on the standard home dock will also unlock the webtop.






    Hope you guys enjoyed!

    -Keith Kim
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    That's pretty slick. Looks like something West Coast Customs might have done.
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    Awesome job! I really like what you have done here. Thanks for sharing!
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    That's a nice setup. How do you launch the webtop app from the car dock?

    EDIT:

    Nevermind, seems like the phone does this on its own if it detects both power and an HDMI cable attached to it .
    Last edited by hacku; 09-19-2011 at 12:28 PM.
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    That is pretty cool.
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    Did you have an hdmi input on your car? or did you have to convert it to rca?

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    That's very slick..........so I'm assuming that the workaround/side-effect you found is that any time the phone is connected to an HDMI cable and detects that it is docked, then WebTop is an option for launch?


    Shame they did away with a magnet to trigger the docking event like they had with the original droid, d2, dx, etc. All you would need is a small magnet and an HDMI cable for WebTop.

    I guess Moto probably knew this and figured they had to change the design in order to successfully squeeze you for the accessories to enable the feature.
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    That is totally wicked!

    How was the Webtob enabled?
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    Wow, i was just thinking about this today. I'd love to know more on how you hooked this up to the head unit. Is it a factory nav unit, or is it aftermarket? As was asked above, did you connect directly to HDMI or convert to another input?
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    Wow, that's nice! Does Google Maps/Nav play on the big screen?
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    How does Verizon sell phones at their own stores? Any phone they sell, can be found for 50% to 75% less on Amazon, or at Best Buy. Does Verizon operate their stores on a "there is a sucker born every minute" business model?
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    Is Verizon's customer service philosophy: frustrate, aggravate, and exasperate, these annoying interruptions to our day, will eventually go away?
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