Pre-Order Deposit Program Now Open
Workshop 12 is now accepting 40 deposits of $60 each to act as a Pre-Order for a Brainiac tablet snap-in kit designed for use in the Nissan 370Z. Only 40 slots will be made available for Pre-Order. Once the 370Z Brainiac plastics are finalized they will be made available for sale to the general public and Pre-Order participants will receive a $60 discount. The Brainiac kit will only be made available for the 370Z models that are not equipped with an OEM navigation system and will retain the use of the OEM climate control knobs.
No credit cards will be charged until all 40 Pre-Order slots have been filled and the project will only move forward if 40 orders are obtained.
Workshop 12 has partnered with Shapeways.com to provide 3D printing services for Brainiac plastics. Shapeways provides great customer service and quality printed products at a very competitive price. While Workshop 12 has designed the Brainiac plastics, Shapeways takes over the production and shipping by creating orders in the Shapeways Workshop 12 storefront.
When the 370Z plastics are available for printing, those participating in the Pre-Order will receive a private link where they can then purchase the plastics from Shapeways at a price $60 less than the standard kit pricing (This is your $60 deposit being applied).
As soon as the Pre-Order slots have been filled the design process of scanning, modelling and refinement will begin. This process is estimated to take about 5 to 6 weeks. From there a test print will be created for final in-car test fitting before giving the green light for orders to be placed.
The Design Process
Workshop 12 has partnered with ML24 to provide 3D scanning, design and modelling services. Once the Pre-Order slots are full Workshop 12 and ML24 will begin the process of seeking out a donor car for 3D scanning. Once scanning is complete a series of drawings will be produced to achieve a desired design language based on community feedback. 3D models will then be created for printing and final test fitting.
What will I need to get started?
The Brainiac custom fit plastics for the Nissan 370Z are designed to securely hold a Samsung 10.1″ tablet in your dashboard creating a sleek factory integrated look. The starting point is to acquire one of these tablets if you do not already have one, which can typically be found on eBay or Amazon at a reasonable price. The specific tablet requirement has yet to be determined and will depend on the amount of space available in the 370Z dashboard so don’t go out and buy a tablet just yet! The standard tablet used in existing Brainiac installations is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1″ pictured below.
Workshop 12 has created an Android home screen launcher application that will bring a more driver friendly user interface to the Android experience. This means larger touch targets for launching applications, high contrast white on black graphics, customizable accent colors and two finger gestures for media control such as volume adjustment and moving between tracks in your play list.
This application has been made available only for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1″ devices used with Brainiac plastics. To download on your device, open Google Play and search for “Brainiac Launcher”.
How much will my order from Shapeways cost?
The 370Z solution is expected to consist of two separate pieces of plastics which need to each be added to your shopping cart on Shapeways.com. These two pieces create a “sandwich” like configuration on the central part of the 370Z dashboard. Below are some example prices based on the Workshop 12 350Z kit.
Final pricing of the 370Z kit will be similar in price as shown below for the 350Z kit as they have similar dimensions. However final price is determined by Shapeways printing costs which are yet to be finalized as the 3D design first needs to be completed to provide more accurate pricing.
Shapeways Versatile Plastic is a durable nylon plastic that can be used for a wide range of applications, both for prototyping and for end products. Printed using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), when thin, it’s flexible enough for hinges and springs and when thick, it’s strong enough for structural components.
How do I install the Brainiac plastics in my dashboard?
We’ve pulled together a video to show the step-by-step process of installing the Brainiac plastics into a 350Z which is no more difficult than performing a aftermarket stereo installation. The 370Z will of course be different but will follow a similar process.
How do I wire my tablet into my car’s electronics?
We’ve also posted some content on how to configure your tablet’s power settings to best suit an in-car installation. A detailed blog post has also been supplied to give you a nice wiring diagram for reference. Your general requirements will be:
- 1 X Aftermarket stereo wiring harness specific for your vehicle
- 1 X Amplifier to run your door speakers (something like this one fits in tight spaces)
- 1 X Jtron 12V to 5V DC-DC Voltage Power Adaptor for USB (connect to stereo wiring harness)
- 1 X Micro-USB OTG cable (On The Go). This allows you to both charge and use USB accessories.
- 1 X Standard 3.5mm male headphone to male RCA cable
- 1 X (Optionally) a 3.5mm Stereo Isolation Transformer (will remove any “hum” or “noise” that is present coming out of the headphone jack)
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