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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. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      $500 is a cheap mod
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      I've knocked the iPad before and I still don't see it as a justifiable purchase, but I'll be damned if that isn't the most awesome head unit for a car that I've ever seen. You see kids driving around in their dropped Honda Civics with their S00PER K3WL fold-up touch-screen units, but they don't hold a candle to this, not by a long shot. It's a shame that it'll cost at least $629 +the price of the d/a converter to set this up though.
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      I want to do this
    1. m4rk4zuk1's Avatar
      m4rk4zuk1 -
      i like how the whole time i'm watching this video the google ads beneath the video are showing microsoft's sync feature for fords. lmao. could this be hinting that another windows product with be obsolete? =P
    1. squaresoft's Avatar
      squaresoft -
      that's sick stuff!
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Not sure if anyone else noticed but the guy has a pretty cool Samurai Champloo wallpaper for his lockscreen. Man I'd love to have a setup like this in my Toyota Avalon~
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
    1. jcal08's Avatar
      jcal08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      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
      who cares fag...
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by jcal08 View Post
      who cares fag...

      .....seriously? Get out.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Seriously people have been putting TV, computers, video game systems in cars since 2000. When the LCD monitors being made a shop has put it in the car. I've seen 30" IPS panel mounted onto a car, this 10" IPS screen does not even measure up.
      If you think this is "innovative" you are seriously delusional or computer and cars is new to you.
      Just because iPad came out does not mean this is the only time it has been done.
    1. djanark2000's Avatar
      djanark2000 -
      Anybody else notice at 4:52 its says A S S and TITT!ES in the background lmao i just happened to turn my volume way up and hear it... subliminal messages.
    1. pyrotek's Avatar
      pyrotek -
      I have a 7" xenarc touchscreen in my dash being driven by winxp and roadrunner carpc software. Put it in about 4 years ago and still works great. It's my stereo, gps, etc.

      I must admit, Since getting the iPhone it became pretty much a graphical EQ.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      This looks SICCCKKKK!!!! I have an AV cable in the back of my car stereo/7" screen, in which i do pretty much the same thing. It's tight to be able to watch my SlingPlayer(sports events) in my car. But, i definately envy the iPad mod! Great job guys!!!