Fun with colors

I’m very pleased with the new box design. It allows me to play with multiple color plastic, so just in time I created a “4th of July” (red, white and blue) device edition.

The new Pi Zero version is ready

I had to re-design the new box. Before I was trying to make it from 2 parts – top and bottom. This process had issues because the bottom part would not 3D Print correctly – it would keep curling up due to stress in the ABS material.

So finally I made the box bottom from several pieces. The bottom has 4 curved corners and 4 side panels, which slide down – you can see one of the side “panels” in this picture.

Also, you can see the size of the old device version compared to the new version.

The new design is shaping up

I was not satisfied with the previous Pi Zero board, because it was larger than the Pi, so here is a new version which has the same size as the Pi Zero.

Here is the new board mounted on top of a Pi Zero:

The spacers are a bit too short – you can see the bolt hitting the HDMI connector.

Here is the final version in a new box:

“Beta” units come home to rest

My gracious “beta” customers returned their units, and I provided them updated devices with the “final” form factor.

This allowed me the opportunity to take a picture of the “beta” version of the CD-changer emulator unit.

You can see that the fiber-optic connector is a separate board. Initially, I designed it like that because I was planning to have a version for Jaguar cars as well as Mercedes-Benz cars. The only difference between them being the optical connector. It did tun that the Benz people are far less enthusiastic about the product, so I simplified the “final” board with the connector onboard.

In this version, the Raspberry Pi was on the side of the control board, and there is a whole lot of wires going around.

The final version was much more compact and easy to make.

First public release – CD-Changer emulator for Jaguar cars with D2B fiber optic bus

I was very happy reaching this point. I was quite a few years of effort, but finally, here it is. Something I can offer to people – a useful product. A device which emulates the car CD-changer and lets you stream music from your phone via Bluetooth.

Following a short beta test period, this is the re-designed look of the CD-Changer emulator. The fiber-optic control board is now on top of the Raspberry Pi. You can see the fiber-optic transmitter glowing in red through the connector plastic housing.

The board says V3.0 because V1 was the “beta” device and V2 never saw the light of day. The board has the D2B controller OCC8001 as well as a Cypress ARM M0 micro-controller and finally power supply circuit.

Here are a few more pictures.

Naturally, I misspelled the URL on the board, should be iQury.us. Brain does not function as well as it once was I guess.

3D printed fiber-optic connector

I could not locate any source to purchase the fiber-optic connector used inĀ  Jaguar cars, so I 3D printed one.

I managed to find an optical transmitter and receiver pair working at around 650nm wavelength. They were compatible with the signal in the car, so here it is optical connector replacement in all it’s glory.

Homebrew fiber optic loop cable

Very simple homebrew fiber optic “loop” cable. The D2B devices have to form a loop and this little gizmo comes very handy if you have to disconnect a device – just plug the loop in the empty fiber optic socket.

The connector is 3D printed, the optical “cable” is cut from SP-DIF (aka TOSLINK) cable – they use the same 1mm plastic fiber core.

CD-Changer emulator mounted in my car

This is one of the first working prototypes. The box has a Raspberry Pi model A+ which does audio streaming over Bluetooth. I covered the box with copper foil to try an minimize the EMI interference.

Closeup of a D2B optical converted board

This is a small board that sits on the back of a CD-changed for Mercedes-Benz card which use the D2B fiber-optic protocol. The chip is labeled OCC8001-02.

The board has 2 external connectors: one electrical 3 pin (GND, 12V and “wake-up”) and one optical connector. There is internal FPC that goes to the CD-changer.

There is a similar board in the CD-changers used in Jaguar card, but they use different optical plug.