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    Default 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.
    Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 04-06-2010 at 05:16 PM.

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    people will be playing need for speed while they're driving and wreck their car

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    wait, does that mean i can read books while i drive???

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
    Books...what are you thinking?
    i am obviously thinking about books.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    What a dangerous thing to due

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    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?

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    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

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    now i know what car i will pressure my parents into getting
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    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.

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    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
    Last edited by indyracer05; 04-06-2010 at 05:23 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    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

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandonii View Post
    fail
    I agree, what a tard.
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    this is just starting to get ridiculous!

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    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?

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