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  • Newest iPad Peripheral: a Car


    Apple introduced the iPad back in January as a new kind of device that fit into the space between smartphones and notebooks, a "magical and revolutionary" tool that would go where no product has gone before. And as it finds its niche in the tech ecosystem, people are experimenting with all sorts of different uses for the iPad: as an e-reader, a mobile browser, an audio-video entertainment center and more. But how about: a car stereo… or an owner's manual?

    Hyundai, the Korean automaker, is most known in the United States for its economy cars and SUVs. They have a high reputation for quality, coming in third in one survey behind Porsche and Lexus, but are not at the top of the market like those brands. They are attempting to change that with their new Equus sedan, which they are positioning to compete with luxury cars like the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-class and Audi A8. And with a base price of $55,000 US, the Equus is tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than the competition, with high-end features like a 385-horsepower V-8 engine that can go from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds, a 608-watt, 17-speaker, 13-channel Lexicon sound system and massaging seats for the driver… and an iPad. Yes, in place of a paper owner's manual, you get an iPad with every new Hyundai Equus. The iPad doesn't integrate with the car in any way, though: it's just a giveaway. To really see the iPad reach its full automotive potential, you have to go to the aftermarket.

    SoundMan Car Audio is a car stereo shop in the Los Angeles Area. Doug Bernards is a second-generation car stereo guy, having inherited the business from his father Steve, and he's made a reputation for "outstanding and unique custom installations," according to their website: putting in the kind of elaborate car systems that Southern California is famous for. They have wasted no time in doing what they call the "first iPad in a car:" installing an iPad in a Toyota Tacoma truck, with separate volume, bass, and treble controls. The iPad is connected via the dock connector to an Onkyo ND-S1 digital interface, which connects to an Audison Bit One to process the audio signal and convert it to analog so that it can get boosted by a 400-watt McIntosh MCC406M six-channel amp.

    Maybe nobody's quite sure exactly what an iPad is really for yet… so why not have some fun with it in the meantime? A video of the first stages of the project can be seen on the SoundMan website.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Newest iPad Peripheral: a Car started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      no
    1. Flaming.llama's Avatar
      Flaming.llama -
      people will be playing need for speed while they're driving and wreck their car
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      wait, does that mean i can read books while i drive???
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      wait, does that mean i can read books while i drive???
      Books...what are you thinking?

      We obviously need to have a accelerometer in it so we can play doodle jump by switching lanes!
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      What a dangerous thing to due
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      now i know what car i will pressure my parents into getting
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
      Books...what are you thinking?
      i am obviously thinking about books.
    1. hxclos's Avatar
      hxclos -
      Unless the ipad is smart enough to drive the car itself, it's just another distraction for stupid drivers who think they know how to drive. And everyone seems to think they know how to drive. Take it from a long time truck driver, even a stereo can be a distraction.
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      I think that's fake unless u can tilt the ipad like sbrotator becuz the icons r in landscape mode

      And jailbreaking isn't officially possible for almost everyone yet
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      i am obviously thinking about books.
      How could you think about books with the possibility of...doodle jump. This isn't The Odyssey we're talking about here, nor is it Harry Potter, this is the iPad in a car. There is only one option...

      Steering-wheel controlled Doodle Jump.
    1. PhoneLine's Avatar
      PhoneLine -
      I'm sure this will be standard in all Toyota's really soon. Anything to take some blame off their pedals.
    1. moeses's Avatar
      moeses -
      Quote Originally Posted by indyracer05 View Post
      I think that's fake unless u can tilt the ipad like sbrotator becuz the icons r in landscape mode

      And jailbreaking isn't officially possible for almost everyone yet
      You can have it in landscape mode while on the home screen
    1. trek-life's Avatar
      trek-life -
      Any comment besides

      a. "that's pretty cool"
      b. "that's cool"
      c. "that's AWESOME"

      Should be ignored
    1. Brandonii's Avatar
      Brandonii -
      Quote Originally Posted by indyracer05 View Post
      I think that's fake unless u can tilt the ipad like sbrotator becuz the icons r in landscape mode

      And jailbreaking isn't officially possible for almost everyone yet
      fail
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Quote Originally Posted by indyracer05 View Post
      I think that's fake unless u can tilt the ipad like sbrotator becuz the icons r in landscape mode

      And jailbreaking isn't officially possible for almost everyone yet
      you obviously don't own an ipad do you?
    1. chansed's Avatar
      chansed -
      I hope they have a good way of removing it. I'm sure it would get stolen pretty quickly. Also, it would be a real pain to hook it up to Itunes if it's permanently mounted in the dash. A lot people are installing Mac Mini's, which would be a much better choice.
    1. eyepoper's Avatar
      eyepoper -
      PLEASEEEEEEEEEEE..

      LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU ARE NOT IN YOUR CAR... I NEED AN IPAD FOR HOME,,,
      HIHIH
      I WILL BreAK into a CAR and TAKE THE RADIO instead of the iPAD? WHAT..What AM I TALKING...shittt... I dont know what an iPAD is.. SHOULD I TAKE IT? WILL I SELL IT ON THE STREET????????????

      Let get serious now...this could be very great if you set this thing up in your car buttt. have to put many LOCK on it..haha.. and when your car gets stolen you can easily track your car for the price of an APP in the APP store without buying any High price GPS unit.....
      HAHHAH

      Just joking.............
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      anyone seen the new EVO droid phone? looks mad sexy,

      check it out

      Sprint's HTC Evo, the First Ever 4G Phone: Meet the New Terrific - htc evo 4g - Gizmodo
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      No becuz it's a waste of money
    1. Flaming.llama's Avatar
      Flaming.llama -
      but what if the airbag comes out and throws your ipad at your face that would hurt