1. Paul Daniel Ash's Avatar

    The guys at SoundMan Car Audio got an early start installing what they called the "first ever iPad in a car" sound system, starting a couple of days after the iPad became available. As we highlighted here when they released the video of the beginning of the install, they had opened the dash of a Toyota Tacoma pickup to create a built-in iPad car audio system. They've just posted video of the second phase of their project, and apparently they ran into some trouble trying to get the iPad to interface with their sound equipment. Nevertheless, they deserve kudos for being out there early on, dedicating serious man-hours and some pretty expensive hardware to learn the capabilities of the device. They've since moved onto a second project, which is a car cradle that allows users to take their iPads with them when they leave the car.

    SoundMan designer Doug Bernards had laid out an pretty trick design, planning to plug a cable from the iPad's dock connector into a Onkyo ND-S1 which would transmit the digital signal from the iPad directly into an Audison Bit One, which would act as a D/A converter and process the audio signal. They had build the Bit One's controller into the Tacoma's dash for adjusting the volume and audio settings. Unfortunately, they couldn't get the iPad to talk to the Onkyo, so they ended up just using the analog audio out from the iPad, and added an iPhone dock for their digital source.

    They weren't content with just one iPad project, however, and so started a second project with a Nissan Maxima. Most users wouldn't be interested in dedicating an iPad solely for car audio use, so they worked out an ingenious cradle for the iPad to rest in. They connected the iPad via the analog headphone jack to the aux in of a double-DIN Kenwood eXcelon receiver. When the iPad is removed from the dash, there's a smaller display that shows the video from the Maxima's rear facing camera.

    Video of the Maxima install is below.

    2010-04-18 04:04 AM
  2. staterunner180's Avatar
    i will pound you mercilessly with my bacon rod until your your eyes pop out.

    Twitter It Up!!

    2010-04-18 04:11 AM
  3. battlecrushr's Avatar
    boss haha
    2010-04-18 04:13 AM
  4. steve-z17's Avatar
    That's pretty tight, it looks sweet in the Tacoma!
    2010-04-18 04:15 AM
  5. StealthBravo's Avatar
    I need this in my truck
    2010-04-18 04:22 AM
  6. waheedtarin's Avatar
    Rich mf stupid Canada always get things late
    2010-04-18 04:24 AM
  7. iphone8130hak's Avatar
    This is pretty cool
    2010-04-18 05:05 AM
  8. mactwisted's Avatar
    innovative. it's nice to see them go through the stages of development. hope they have loads of success for their efforts.
    2010-04-18 05:14 AM
  9. StealthBravo's Avatar
    I need a cool mount for my iPad
    2010-04-18 05:19 AM
  10. chuckiecheese's Avatar
    That's sick!!!
    2010-04-18 05:24 AM
  11. shizzabrick's Avatar
    Wait, so...

    iPad has issues with current car kits for iPods/iPhones?

    also, why would you mount a Wifi only device in a car? Mywi all the time then?
    2010-04-18 05:40 AM
  12. JacquesChirac's Avatar
    the first one is really sick
    the second one is cool, but after seeing the first one, the second one didn't seem like that big a deal hehhe
    2010-04-18 06:09 AM
  13. PAKIS-RULEZ's Avatar
    whats the point! just use the 3.5mm jack to aux of ur audio system instead of doing all this extra work
    lol u work smart not hard!!!
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    2010-04-18 06:20 AM
  14. sziklassy's Avatar

    also, why would you mount a Wifi only device in a car? Mywi all the time then?
    Did you watch the vid? It says iPad 3G on pre-order.
    I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.

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    2010-04-18 06:29 AM
  15. unison999's Avatar
    Innovative? Not really.
    Had a full Windows XP computer system in my car before Apple start selling their first iPhone. Linked to my phone getting internet, when near my home I have WiFi so I can download my music from my computer to the car computer. Yes I can even play with flash
    2010-04-18 07:04 AM
  16. wareagle5693's Avatar
    whats the point! just use the 3.5mm jack to aux of ur audio system instead of doing all this extra work
    lol u work smart not hard!!!
    He's using it as the headunit basically.. and because it's freakin awesome..

    Love that he used a Taco as the truck he put it in! Tacoma FTW!
    2010-04-18 07:08 AM
  17. santaf's Avatar
    i need it i need it oh man that's sick the first one would be my weapon of choice for sure
    2010-04-18 07:12 AM
  18. indyracer05's Avatar
    This is BADASSx2!!!!!!!!!
    2010-04-18 07:36 AM
  19. jaylen555's Avatar
    not practical but very creative and innovative
    2010-04-18 07:47 AM
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    2010-04-18 07:51 AM
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