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Old 05-26-2009, 02:20 PM   #1
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I didn't really know where to ask this...so I guess electrical & lighting would be my best bet. I tried googling the subject...couldn't find anything relevant. Anyway, is there some kind of device or touchscreen software that would allow you to control the A/C instead of using the dials? I know, its an odd request but I was on the commute to work today and thought that it would be a pretty cool mod.

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Old 05-26-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
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In short answer, no.

I don't think touchscreen HVAC controls have ever been done as a mod for Subaru. So there is no off-the-shelf product available. The technology is there and software can be made to work with the specific hardware. However, since this device needs to control the circuit of the HVAC module. It would be near impossible to do unless you have a datasheet of the module circuit board. Also, the device will require a custom software to control the HVAC. The end result would be very costly (think four digits upwards).

So just stick with your knobs and buttons. If you want touchscreen, just get a double DIN stereo and have fun with that.
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:42 AM   #3
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:54 AM   #4
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In short answer, no.

I don't think touchscreen HVAC controls have ever been done as a mod for Subaru. So there is no off-the-shelf product available. The technology is there and software can be made to work with the specific hardware. However, since this device needs to control the circuit of the HVAC module. It would be near impossible to do unless you have a datasheet of the module circuit board. Also, the device will require a custom software to control the HVAC. The end result would be very costly (think four digits upwards).

So just stick with your knobs and buttons. If you want touchscreen, just get a double DIN stereo and have fun with that.
Thanks for your help. I figured this would be either too hard or too expensive. I'm in the process of finding and buying an old Datsun 260z and restoring it and this was an idea I had for replacing the switches. Oh well!
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:52 PM   #5
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get a degree as an electrical engineer, and you might be able to do this.
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:04 AM   #6
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I could do it if I figured out what kind of signal the knobs for fan speed and temp were sending. It probably wouldn't be hard for someone that has the background, but otherwise yea, probably too much money.
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