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Mac mini installed in a Corvette

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.






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  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    big deal

    Its not 1998 anymore, installing a computer in a car isn't hard. Nor is it cool. Its just a waste of time. It was cool pre-ipod when the idea of an mp3 player in your car with a hard drive was tight. no more.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    It is cool…

    Because it's a lot more than just an iPod – but whether it's really newsworthy is another issue.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    It is a great idea

    I think it has a lot of cool uses. Imagine syncing your car to your house computer via bluetooth or Airport for your music, contacts, email, etc. from your garage? How about printing files from your car to someone else's printer at their house? Play movie files? There are more but you get the idea. I would love to do this but I have an Acura TSX wit Nav system and well, there's not much I can do with that...

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    pimp my ride

    havent they been doing this on mtv for about 4 years now?

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Unlimited Storage?

    I just checked the Apple Store. I don't see any models of the Mac Mini with unlimited storage.

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