See how the Google Nexus 7 transforms into a car's entertainment system
posted by Nick T. / Aug 07, 2012, 8:22 AM
Every DIY enthusiast who also happens to be passionate about cars has at least once considered the idea of mounting a tablet into the dashboard of their personal vehicle. Just think about it: with its rich set of multimedia features, a tablet can be a great inexpensive in-car entertainment system, not to mention that such a modification would look über awesome, if done right. One can store their music and video files on the device and play them back through the car's audio system, use the slate's GPS and navigation features, or even play a game of Angry Birds if stuck in a traffic jam.
The guys at Sonic Electronix have been embedding tablets in car dashboards for quite a while now, and on of their latest projects involves a Google Nexus 7 and a 2008 Dodge Ram. Best of all, they shared a brief video showing how the device was installed into the vehicle's dashboard and what it can be used for. Just check it out below and tell us what you think about the modification by dropping a comment. Anyone already thinking of giving them a call?
Google Nexus 7 OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2, 4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.1 View Full specs
- Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
- Camera / 1.2 MP front
- Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
- Storage 8 GB
- Battery 4325 mAh
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Theres gotta be an Apple lawsuit somewhere just waiting to pop-out... Just wait for it...
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 8:29 AM 7
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It is fascinating of what android can do because it open source. Automaker with dedicated GPS price ridiculous excess of $2k will be obsoleted. Welcome Android and plus more.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 8:48 AM 3
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That is probably the coolest thing I've seen in a long time especially how you can take the tablet back out and put it back in. I had planned to do something like this for a long time except I wanted to have a real computer under the seat that you can make that is really small. with a real intel chip inside it im running windows perferrably windows 8 when it comes out. because the technology to do this has been around for a long time but no 1 has really made a commercial unit yet. The thing I really like is that the touch screen for this tablet is better then any thing out other for the price. They do make pretty nice touchscreens that fit into a double din with no modification needed at all. I think this is better cause you can take the tablet out but I would like to have the power of a full computer with with the ability to connect more to the car and have more integrated electronics and even but very low on list a lte Or atliest 3g radio with a DVD player which a SD card slot would be easier. The mini computer option though since battery power is not a problem can have a Terra bite hard drive. Ivy bridge i7 with DDR memory at about six to eight giga bytes. With all the bells and wissles you can build your own cheaper than you would think. Any ways I really think this is a bad ass mod
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 5:17 PM 0
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So how would you use pandora since its a wifi only tablet? Cool concept but seems like it would be limited.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 9:03 AM 1
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You should not even post things like these! Would you like an idiot driving while nexing killing your daughter,brother, sister or mother? You are the lowest Phone Arena reporter Nick !!
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 4:57 PM 0
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What the heck dude an idiots an idiot you can't stop one from being one. With or without this an idiot will find a way to do stupid stuff and lime play with a phone while driving. Just lime I am right now. Ooooooops bad fast joke. Lol sitting on sofa.but seriously you can't stop stupor from hapining you can only try to avoid them
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 5:25 PM 0
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People gets more distracted while talking on the phone or texting while driving. You're making it sound like people want to use their Nexus on their car just to play games or something. Nexus will probably work better than the standard navigation system on your car cept no AM/FM radio. To tell you the truth, having it embedded into the car is actually better than someone driving and operating their tablet on their other hand.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 6:06 PM 0
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For those who haven't seen this or a CarPC kind of thing done before, you guys need to check out MP3Car.com go to the Forums and start checking out the "Show Off Your Project" forum, including the worklog's if you're interested in seeing how it's all done. Oh and yes I bought most of my equipment for my project from SonicElectronix, they're amazing. For example, I put my Galaxy Tab 2 7" in my dash right after I bought it (When it came out a few months ago) and LOVE IT. Here's my worklog:http://www.mp3car.com/worklogs
posted on Aug 08, 2012, 7:03 AM 0
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