updated 01:55 am EDT, Tue August 14, 2007
Mac mini in a Corvette
Andrew of the blog sho'fr has posted detailed instructions and a pictorial for installing a Mac mini in a 1998 Corvette. On why he decided to install a Mac mini rather than integrating an iPod, Andrew says it allows unlimited music storage, better/safer usability while driving (large touchscreen display vs iPod display), GPS capabilities, handsfree cell phone with play-through the audio system, automatic Wifi synchronization of a primary music library to the car and "plain ol' geek factor." The installation makes use of a Xenarc 700TS 7" touchscreen LCD display costing $360, which offers auto power on when it receives a video signal and 800×480 native resolutions via VGA input, and USB touchscreen output making for easy connection to the Mac mini. A $100 power supply, various pieces of audio equipment and some software packages were also used in the installation.
When installation is finished, the Mac mini sits in the glove compartment, while the touch-screen stays mounted in the center console. You can watch a video demonstration (in QuickTime) of the completed installation and its functionality here.