Android Tablet Installations

Brainiac easily installs onto an Android tablet directly from Google Play.

Workshop 12 provides selected vehicles with a plug-and-play tablet housing which not only provides great interactive experiences, but can also manage your climate control when necessary.

Installing the large tablet display is no more difficult than a standard stereo installation. Simply connect the wires, snap-in the new custom trim pieces, and you're ready to roll out!

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Automate your vehicle

Brainiac has a series of both wired and wireless connections that allow for automation of your vehicle.
These systems could be your digital air suspension, reverse camera, climate control, dashboard cameras, relays, actuators, secondary displays and more. Android's app ecosystem and USB support creates endless combinations!

PLUG & Play ELECTRONICS

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Software Experience

Workshop 12 aims to tackle the most important items such as easy screen navigation and media control.

Tailor your system's experience the way you want through multiple settings and expand your vehicle's integration with Brainiac accessory support.

Brainiac Version 3.8 is now available!

Accessories

Need a fresh new scent for your Car?

Workshop 12 has you covered with our Brainiac air fresheners, made out of premium cardboard. Choose from a fresh “New car” smell or the chilling “Black freeze” for a long-lasting smell.

Wireless Options

Android tablets and stereo head units have built-in WiFi capabilities for connecting to any hotspot. But it also has many other ways that it can be connected.

Depending on your tablet model, you can connect directly to cellular networks or Wire a Cellular Mobile Hotspot into
your vehicle. If LTE isnt an option then enable a Wi-Fi hotspot on your smartphone to have onboard internet.

Pair Brainiac with your OBDII reader to get an indepth car diagnostics. Connect to a Relay Controller to control various different electrical circuts within your vehicle.

INFOTAINMENT

Built on top of Android allowing for use of all of Android's App ecosystem

Relay Control Software

Brainiac provides automated control of a 8-channel relay board allowing you to control various different electrical circuits within your vehicle.

FAQ

Nope!  Workshop 12 uses Samsung Android tablets specifically for their ability to charge and use USB accessories at the same time. To be honest, iPads don't typically work well for customizations when integrating into a vehicle. Click here for more details

Short answer... No. Long answer... Our kits are designed to hold an affordable tablet that fits within the bounds of the inner workings of the vehicle's dashboard. There's much less room back there than one might think.

We try to choose tablets that have the best balance of vehicle fit, performance and affordability. As we evolve our products, we consider adding new variants to meet market demands and tablet availability. Click here for more details

Kenwood Electronics - Yes
The Kenwood has a pre-out connection that can be sent to your subwoofer amplifier.

MK1.7 Electronics - Yes
We have many customers with aftermarket amplifiers and subwoofer setups. For the MK1.7 Electronics, you can check out our guide to see how everything connects together for an aftermarket amplifier and subwoofer setup.

Kenwood Electronics - Yes

The MK2 Electronics by Kenwood supports up to 5 active Bluetooth connections.

MK1.7 Electronics - No
A tablet does not support the host A2DP Bluetooth profile required unlike a common aftermarket head unit which has it by default. However, you can typically achieve a similar result. This can be done by using a paired internet connection or an accessory app and/or USB dongle.

Kenwood Electronics - Yes
The Kenwood has hands-free phone functionality and includes a wired cabin microphone.

MK1.7 Electronics - No
A tablet does not support the host Bluetooth hands-free profile required, unlike a common aftermarket head unit which has it by default. However, we have had various people achieve success with hands-free by using either an Apple CarPlay or Android Auto USB dongle.

Nope! Workshop 12 uses PETG plastics for behind the dash support material that are heat resistant and any surfaces directly exposed to sunlight are manufactured in Nylon which is heatproof to 163C/325F. Most stories of people having 3D prints melt/warp inside vehicles are using PLA as a printing material. As a reference vehicles sitting in the sun for over an hour in Arizona have dashboard surface temperatures reaching 157F on average.

Workshop 12 manufactures some of the plastics for the kit in-house and outsources some of the driver exposed plastics manufacturing to Shapeways.

Kenwood Electronics - Yes
The Kenwood has steering wheel support with the use of an Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Controller.

MK1.7 Electronics - Yes
There's a product called the RcJoyCon CPJexc that allows you to map steering wheel controls to Android commands. These can typically be found on ebay for purchase.

Yes! There is a product called EasyCap USB dongle, which converts S-Video to USB. You can find the EasyCap dongle here. The EasyCap dongle simply connects to one of the four USB ports on our MK1 Companion or MK1.7 Electronics. You can download the app on the Play Store and view the footage.

Yes: There are app options for those wanting to connect their Android phone to the tablet using Android Auto for streaming music or hands-free calling from their Android phone. One such example is Headunit Reloaded which allows for either a WiFi connection or a USB connection (Workshop 12 has not yet verified this).

Yes: There are various Apple CarPlay USB dongles out there that are being used by community members that allow you to connect your iPhone to the tablet using a USB cable just like you would in an OEM equipped Apple Car Play vehicle. This allows you to play music or hands free call from your phone on the tablet.

We have a video demonstration of this dongle on our YouTube Channel

For some kits: Some of the Brainiac plastics come in raw unfinished 3D printed plastic that requires sanding and painting. Others are plastic injection molded and pre-painted. Your kit details will specify if it requires sanding and painting. We have posted a tutorial on how to prep and paint your Brainiac plastics.

Yes: The Kenwood and our MK1.7 Electronics will work with both BOSE equipped and NON-BOSE Nissan models.

There is a way: The Brainiac plastics fit both the OEM navigation and non-navigation models. However, the OEM navigation equipped vehicles need to be swapped over to use the non-navigation climate control module.

There is a way: The Brainiac plastics fit the non-navigation model center waterfall console (the piece that has the 3 gauges). The OEM navigation equipped 350z's have a little lip/hood at the top of where the non-navigation cubby opening is. This lip/hood gets in the way of the Brainiac plastics. By installing a non-navigation center waterfall trim piece, the 350z kit can be used. More information can be found here.

No: The Brainiac plastics will technically fit in these models, however there is no way to manage climate control as our kit is designed to manage the dual-zone climate control circuitry. We will be considering a solution for the manual climate control after we successfully launch the dual-zone model.

Yes: Brainiac plastics uses a standard Samsung tablet that allows you to install any Android app that you like. We highly recommend our Brainiac home screen launcherfor gesture based controls and convenience features as our plastic kits cover the Samsung hardware buttons.

Kenwood Electronics - No
Currently, there isn't a way to control the AM/FM radio of the Kenwood receiver when it is tucked in the dashboard. We are working on a possible solution, but are making no promises :)

 

MK1.7 Electronics - No
There isn't built in AM/FM radio support. You may be able to achieve this with a USB accessory and app combination.

There are two ways: (1) Connect the tablet to a WiFi hotspot device (your phone or an external hotspot device) (2) Purchase the variant of the tablet that has a built in 4G connection.

Yes: There's only so much we can do here as a tablet has limitations. If the tablet gets super hot it will go into a suspended mode until it cools down. The reason why it does this is because it does not want to charge/use a super hot battery.

The MK2 plastics are designed to allow you to remove the tablet from the vehicle. If parked in extreme temperatures for a prolonged period of time you may want to consider moving the tablet from the dash to someplace cooler.

Yes: Feel free to connect a Bluetooth or USB OBDII dongle to your tablet and use apps such as Torque to view ODBII information. You can purchase the OBDII scanner here.

Yes: Our MK1 Tablet Companionand the MK1.7 Electronics allows for charging your tablet and 4 USB connections.

If the tablet runs out of battery and shuts down, then it will need to be recharged before turning it back on. The MK2 plastics are designed to allow you to gain access to or remove the tablet from the vehicle to recharge.

Yes: I highly recommend following our tablet power settings guide. This will have the tablet go into sleep mode and preserve its battery when the vehicle is not running.

You can find our Brainiac launcher app on Google Play.

No: We currently don't have a "freemium" model for trying the software for free. We offer it for $12USD and if you're not satisfied with the software feel free to use the Google Play refund mechanism 

Nope!  The revenue stream from the plastic printing of the Brainiac kits is the lifeblood of Workshop 12. Lots of time and money have been invested into creating a great set of models which we look to try and provide to you at the best price & quality possible.

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