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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. ddonuts4's Avatar
      ddonuts4 -
      Lol next they'll be using a MacBook to control the speaker volume. Talk about a product living up to it's full potential.

      I'd take the ipad and sell the car...
    1. Eiswritsat's Avatar
      Eiswritsat -
      They wanna say its "so dangerous" or "stupid" but people have in dash 7" pioneer and alpine and indash dvd screens etc, yet no one complains. But i guess everyone now works for the D.O.T now, smdh yet still speed and do more dangerous things. I think its a cool thing period

      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      It looks like an extremely crappy install, it wasn't thought out very well, and it was installed by some moron with a stupid pair of sunglasses that he wears thinking he's cool. They only did this to attract attention and it shows what a crappy installer they are overall. I guess to be a stereo installer you have to wear sunglasses and dress like an idiot. Hopefully people will see the gimmick for what it is and see the bad quality and planing of this installer and stay away. And people who wear sunglasses indoors are retards. Yeah, I said it. Retards.
      You also have to take into consideration the install budget, Not everyone wants a full fiberglass dash or can afford to mold a IPad in the dash with motorized release springs running on actuators etc. There alot of people who will buy top dollar equipment and go cheap on the install plus with that truck, and the way the dash bezel is configured there arent many options without making a full fiberglass mold and reconstruct it from scratch, which might be out of the budget
    1. larryolive's Avatar
      larryolive -
      Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
      Books...what are you thinking?

      We obviously need to have a accelerometer in it so we can play doodle jump by switching lanes!
      lol that would be so funny
    1. Iman07's Avatar
      Iman07 -
      this is just starting to get ridiculous!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      In the sun that thing will make a perfect rearview mirror. Or a backseat mirror so you can see what the kids are up to.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Touch screens are a bad idea for car stereos because you have to look at the screen. Normal stereos have buttons you can feel.
    1. mlauth's Avatar
      mlauth -
      Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
      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.
      LOL.... i love it.. lets make an app for it.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Great idea! Let's use the iPad as a substitute to a navigation device!

      oh wait...

      FAIL
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      dang this is a cool idea. Imagine a touchscreen full Itunes library right on your dash. If it can get AM/FM then I'm doing it! It's a cooler looking navigation screen

      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      Touch screens are a bad idea for car stereos because you have to look at the screen. Normal stereos have buttons you can feel.
      It all depends on how you get used to it. My Ford F150 came from factory with no buttons on the radio...all touch screen controls for NAVI and audio/video. USE YOUR PERIPHERALS!!!
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
      "It looks like an extremely crappy install, it wasn't thought out very well, and it was installed by some moron with a stupid pair of sunglasses that he wears thinking he's cool. They only did this to attract attention and it shows what a crappy installer they are overall. I guess to be a stereo installer you have to wear sunglasses and dress like an idiot. Hopefully people will see the gimmick for what it is and see the bad quality and planing of this installer and stay away. And people who wear sunglasses indoors are retards. Yeah, I said it. Retards."

      All I can say is...... Wow.......
      Show me one thing that makes this even remotely useful. It's too big in that dash, has zero integration, it wasn't even attempted to make it look even somewhat like it belongs there, and it extremely bad as far as glare goes. Just look at it, it looks horrible in that car. It's not even useful as something to distract your kids on long road trips. It serves no purpose in a car other than to get attention for an installer that just hits on gimmicks. See West Coast Customs/AutoSport or whatever and so on. No innovation, no sense, no talent, just gimmicks and repetition. They do the same crap over and over again. The website for this shop even sucks, you look at what they offer and it sends you to alot of the manufacturers websites. The iPad has no place in that car because it's too big and I can't see how you would enjoy moving your head around trying to see what's on the screen from all the glare.

      But nice rebuttal by the way. Nothing as far as a dissenting opinion, just 'wow'.
    1. psychodave's Avatar
      psychodave -
      Quote Originally Posted by nighthawk283 View Post
      What a dangerous thing to due
      I suppose you drive with no stereo, climate controls, Phone turned off, and no passengers?
    1. Eiswritsat's Avatar
      Eiswritsat -
      Quote Originally Posted by psychodave View Post
      I suppose you drive with no stereo, climate controls, Phone turned off, and no passengers?
      i was thinking the same thingm lol
    1. thekid05's Avatar
      thekid05 -
      very cool!
    1. VegasNate's Avatar
      VegasNate -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      Show me one thing that makes this even remotely useful. It's too big in that dash, has zero integration, it wasn't even attempted to make it look even somewhat like it belongs there, and it extremely bad as far as glare goes. Just look at it, it looks horrible in that car. It's not even useful as something to distract your kids on long road trips. It serves no purpose in a car other than to get attention for an installer that just hits on gimmicks. See West Coast Customs/AutoSport or whatever and so on. No innovation, no sense, no talent, just gimmicks and repetition. They do the same crap over and over again. The website for this shop even sucks, you look at what they offer and it sends you to alot of the manufacturers websites. The iPad has no place in that car because it's too big and I can't see how you would enjoy moving your head around trying to see what's on the screen from all the glare.

      But nice rebuttal by the way. Nothing as far as a dissenting opinion, just 'wow'.
      Here is how it can be usefull....

      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFLtQ6dBPjE]YouTube - Ipadincarinstall2.MPG[/ame]
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Badass it's no different than having an in dash nav unit as far as the people talking about it being dangerous. And it's real I have seen the install video on YouTube on a different car model.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      I saw this build on youtube I think its pretty cool. Be super sick to stream Pandora while driving.