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Pre-ordered MK3 Race Capture Pro for use in a chumpcar endurance race car. Looking for tablet recommendations for mid size display with good visibility in day light and robustness for keeping powered up etc.

Anyone have a success story?

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Hi,

We have some recommended tablets here: https://wiki.autosportlabs.com/RaceCapture_Quickstart#Recommended_Tablets

We certainly love the Nvidia Shield! We're also in the process of testing the newer Fire 8" tablet, too.

Let us know what you find out.


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Hi,

We have some recommended tablets here: https://wiki.autosportlabs.com/RaceCapture_Quickstart#Recommended_Tablets

We certainly love the Nvidia Shield! We're also in the process of testing the newer Fire 8" tablet, too.

Let us know what you find out.


Hi Brent, what was the outcome of your Fire tab testing? The Shield seems to be unavailable from Nvidia and pricey on Amazon. I'm getting ready to take the plunge into your system!

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We were working with a customer at a recent endurance event and I had some hands-on time with it. Seemed solid, responsive with a reliable bluetooth connection, and they liked it as well.

Although we didn't do a long term bench-top super endurance test, I would still say 'go for it'. Smile


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To add to this I have an Nvidia Shield set up in my track car and used it last weekend, worked very well. Here are the highlights:

1) Nvidia Shield 8" tablet - easy to read with sunlight and without, though I used a tinted visor. It's polarized though, noticed this with my sunglasses as the alignment was crossed basically making the screen look blank. My visor is just tinted so this didn't cause a problem, but if you have a polarized visor and have your tablet sideways you may run into issues, so check this.
2) Power - 12V to 5V converter. Just picked up a 90-degree 12V to 5V adapter on ebay so it powers when ACC is on.
3) Initial Power Up - I couldn't figure out how to get the tablet to auto power on when USB power was provided, so if it's not already on, you need to hit the power button. I then was able to configure via rooting and a couple apps (Tasker is one, forgetting the other at the moment) disabling airplane and sleep modes if active, enabling wifi, auto connection to the rc pro's wireless network, screen turned on with indefinite timeout, and starting of the RaceCapture app (configured to auto load the dashboard). This all generally applies when USB power is applied so that the screen lights up and connects to the rcpro, which is important with what i do when USB power is removed.
4) Power removed - this is for when the car goes off. The tablet goes into airplane mode, sleep mode, screen timeout in 7 seconds. This massively conserves power, giving me about 30 days of standby on a full charge.
5) Mount - I had a shop build me a mount that created a flat bracket that bolts to the two bolts that hold my steering column to the dash bar. I then used a cheap $10 case of Amazon that the Nvidia Shield can snap into, and this is screwed to the mounting bracket. This is all hard to explain but the point I'm making is if you use a cheap snap-in case as a base, you can build a very simple mount that allows you to easily pull out the tablet when necessary. I tried to upload a picture but I'm getting an error saying I'm uploading an empty file. Hoping this image is viewable from another forum:
http://www.dsmtuners.com/attachments/img_1740-jpg.334270/

I plan to do a write-up on all this when I do my second tablet display as the one I'm using right now is going to be my primary dash cluster once some warning light features are added to the RaceCapture app.[/img]

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