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Infotainment Screen: Video

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Todd Burch, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    Has anyone heard or read anything about the 17" display playing video? In some respects, it would seem obvious (you've got a "better than HD" display sitting there, so make use of it!) but in other respects, maybe not so (is it legal to put video on a display that is visible to the driver?)

    In all of the screenshots of the concept display, I don't think I've ever read anything referring to video. Just curious if anyone else had.
     
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    I have never seen or heard of them showing off motion video, not even from a backup camera.
    I suppose the system is likely to support it for at least a backup camera function, but otherwise, yes, there are legal / safety issues to consider.
    There are many auto systems that can play DVD videos, but only do so when the car transmission is in park and/or the vehicle is otherwise in a mode where driving isn't permitted.

    It seems a little surprising that they didn't show off more "gee whiz" features at CES. Maybe they show off something new for the 17" screen at NAIAS?
     
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    It would probably be wise for the firmware to limit playing of movies to times when the car is parked.
     
  4. Todd Burch

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    William3,

    "Better than HD" is a quote I saw very recently directly from the horse's mouth.

    Doesn't necessarily mean 1920 across, although given that an iPhone4 is 640x960, I don't think 1920 wide is unreasonable for a 17" display. After all, the display will have a 4-core GPU. "No way" is certainly a strong way to word it.
     
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    As a point of reference, a standard off the shelf 17" wide monitor is 1440X900. So oriented vertically (portrait, 900x1440) gives a maximum width of 900 pixels. That's a box of, say, 900x675 for 4:3 video and 896x504 for 16:9.
     
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    I think you can find different resolutions of 17" LCD widescreen displays.

    For instance, here is a 1366x768 widescreen 17" LCD:
    http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/features.jsp?model_id=MDL101918

    and a 1280x720 (720p):
    http://www.buy.com/prod/gateway-17-widescreen-lcd-monitor-8ms-1280-x-720-16-9-dvi-hdcp-1-year/q/loc/101/210205866.html

    And even 1920x1200:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/738465-REG/Marshall_Electronics_V_MD171X_V_MD171X_17_Full_Resolution.html

    Do you have some source that says Tesla is using 1440X900 ?
     
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    Maybe they're planning on 9:16. :tongue:
     
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    I don't blame the auto manufacturers for this William...as long as bonehead judges award copious monies to morons that pick up running lawnmowers to trim their hedges...:rolleyes:

    "A judge is a law student who marks his own papers" (H.L. Mencken) :smile:


     
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    I think I saw that on Rainbowhead's sign.
     
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    Err., 3:16 ? :

    rainbowman2.jpg
     
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    Nik Dreaming no more :-(

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    BBC Top Gear showed a Range Rover a while back that had been fitted with a dual-view screen that could show different images to the driver and passenger. It's at about 4:30 in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krqxEm1BlhM

    Having said that, i think my TomTom shows a different image to the passenger than it does to me, because the driving directions the wife gives based on the screen are rubbish ;-)

    First post, btw. Hello to all.
     
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    My wife had the same question for me and I told her that I would find out. Not having this capability could be a deal breaker for her.
     
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    They've stated that per regulations, video will be disabled while driving. However, she could use an iPad to stream video from the car's Internet connection.
     
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    Even if it only works while parked, there should be no reason i can't watch a movie on that nice 17" screen!

    And I want to play it from a file...streaming quality seems like a waste of the display and sound system.
     
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    She already has to ipad and we need now is the "S"...lol. I understand that safety regulations are going to kill that feature but it would be nice to have it as a half screen option.
     
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    Dude, maybe she should just stay home and watch TV!
     
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    LOL... Nigel she's not that shallow. She wants the "S" more than I do after seeing up close and personal.
     
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    #18 vfx, Aug 15, 2012
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    Haha I love how there are buttons surrounding the small "tablet"
     
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    So, do we know yet if the 17" display can play videos from the web browser, YouTube, or an external source like the iPad or iPhone?
     

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