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  • iPad in a Car, Part Two

    The guys at SoundMan Car Audio got an early start installing what they called the "first ever iPad in a car" sound system, starting a couple of days after the iPad became available. As we highlighted here when they released the video of the beginning of the install, they had opened the dash of a Toyota Tacoma pickup to create a built-in iPad car audio system. They've just posted video of the second phase of their project, and apparently they ran into some trouble trying to get the iPad to interface with their sound equipment. Nevertheless, they deserve kudos for being out there early on, dedicating serious man-hours and some pretty expensive hardware to learn the capabilities of the device. They've since moved onto a second project, which is a car cradle that allows users to take their iPads with them when they leave the car.

    SoundMan designer Doug Bernards had laid out an pretty trick design, planning to plug a cable from the iPad's dock connector into a Onkyo ND-S1 which would transmit the digital signal from the iPad directly into an Audison Bit One, which would act as a D/A converter and process the audio signal. They had build the Bit One's controller into the Tacoma's dash for adjusting the volume and audio settings. Unfortunately, they couldn't get the iPad to talk to the Onkyo, so they ended up just using the analog audio out from the iPad, and added an iPhone dock for their digital source.

    They weren't content with just one iPad project, however, and so started a second project with a Nissan Maxima. Most users wouldn't be interested in dedicating an iPad solely for car audio use, so they worked out an ingenious cradle for the iPad to rest in. They connected the iPad via the analog headphone jack to the aux in of a double-DIN Kenwood eXcelon receiver. When the iPad is removed from the dash, there's a smaller display that shows the video from the Maxima's rear facing camera.

    Video of the Maxima install is below.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad in a Car, Part Two started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      boss haha
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      That's pretty tight, it looks sweet in the Tacoma!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I need this in my truck
    1. waheedtarin's Avatar
      waheedtarin -
      Rich mf stupid Canada always get things late
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      This is pretty cool
    1. mactwisted's Avatar
      mactwisted -
      innovative. it's nice to see them go through the stages of development. hope they have loads of success for their efforts.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I need a cool mount for my iPad
    1. chuckiecheese's Avatar
      chuckiecheese -
      That's sick!!!
    1. shizzabrick's Avatar
      shizzabrick -
      Wait, so...

      iPad has issues with current car kits for iPods/iPhones?

      also, why would you mount a Wifi only device in a car? Mywi all the time then?
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      the first one is really sick
      the second one is cool, but after seeing the first one, the second one didn't seem like that big a deal hehhe
    1. PAKIS-RULEZ's Avatar
      whats the point! just use the 3.5mm jack to aux of ur audio system instead of doing all this extra work
      lol u work smart not hard!!!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by shizzabrick View Post

      also, why would you mount a Wifi only device in a car? Mywi all the time then?
      Did you watch the vid? It says iPad 3G on pre-order.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Innovative? Not really.
      Had a full Windows XP computer system in my car before Apple start selling their first iPhone. Linked to my phone getting internet, when near my home I have WiFi so I can download my music from my computer to the car computer. Yes I can even play with flash
    1. wareagle5693's Avatar
      wareagle5693 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PAKIS-RULEZ View Post
      whats the point! just use the 3.5mm jack to aux of ur audio system instead of doing all this extra work
      lol u work smart not hard!!!
      He's using it as the headunit basically.. and because it's freakin awesome..

      Love that he used a Taco as the truck he put it in! Tacoma FTW!
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      i need it i need it oh man that's sick the first one would be my weapon of choice for sure
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      This is BADASSx2!!!!!!!!!
    1. jaylen555's Avatar
      jaylen555 -
      not practical but very creative and innovative
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      how is it not practical?
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I know I may get bashed for saying this but $499 Ipad to use as a car/audio head unit is exactly what the ipad is for!!! I would not walk into a coffee shop holding an iPAD. The 3G version would make PERFECT sense for Full Internet, GPS, and email. What these guys are doing is brilliant