There's been several items in the MacNews arena lately about mods made to vehicles involving Macs and/or iPods. Could the admins of MacMod put up a new section with links to these mods?
On a related topic, what advice does this group have for partially 'hardwiring' an iPod to a new vehicle without damaging anything (e.g. - no cutting, poking, scraping, etc.). By 'hardwiring' I mean to connect a 1/8th inch jack to the vehicle's stereo system.
I've heard of devices that will plug into the AUX port for vehicles that have the ability to add disc changers. That would be great, but how do I find out for sure if my vehicle has that ability?
Another question is if the car already has a disc changer, then what?
My intent is to move away from an FM transmitter, spend as little money as possible, and achieve a better sound quality.
Ok, I have done a lot of research on this topic and planned to make a mobile mac when I return to the states. Unfortunately that will be another 2-3 months. It was going to be a featured MacMod.com mobile mac mod. Still have plans to do upon my return. Do you have any links for mods at this time for a category.
As for your question about hardwiring an ipod, this is easy. You simply run a mono to stereo wire from your ipod into your aftermarket cd player in your vehicle. If you do not have an aftermarket cd player, then you can't do this unless for some reason your factory unit has inputs. I agree with you on FM modulators. They are not the best solution by far, the quality sucks and it drains the battery. If you find out any information and you can get permission from the author, post some mods in the mod guide section for these mods. If you find a couple of them we will dedicate a section.
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[ul][/ul] Hardware [*]Custom in-dash console [*]A couple of computers (in car and trunk) [*]USB peripherals
Software modules (custom designed) [*]current speed [*]current consumption [*]fuel status (consumed from last fill-up, remaining, range) [*]fuel counter (resettable, multi-instance) [*]distance counter (total) [*]distance counter (resettable, multi-instance) [*]stop watch (resettable, multi-instance) [*]countdown (multi-instance) [*]vehicle data input (GUI-less, reads data from on-board systems) [*]temperature module (internal CPU temperature and sensors in car) [*] MP3 player (controls iTunes using AppleScript) [*]System (switching between apps, turning power off, night display mode)
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