updated 11:05 am EST, Fri February 22, 2008
Bluetooth 5G iPod video
iPodHackers.net today announced the completion of a Bluetooth-enabled fifth generation iPod with video, allowing it to function with streaming Bluetooth audio devices. The hack requires the use of soldering, so enthusiast Fstedie recommends that users be comfortable taking such an action. He also recommends performing a Compact Flash modification or using a thicker backing, giving the user extra space inside the slender unit to pull off the hack.
The hack involves taking an external Bluetooth adaptor, such as one that connects through the headphone jack as with most Bluetooth headphone adapters. Once the board from the adaptor is installed, users are required to wire up the status light, power, and audio.
Fstedie uses a clear faceplate, the iVue, to allow the status indicator to flash through, but he notes that even the original faceplate can be modified to allow the light to function, without drilling.