Project: what would it take to put a mini in a car?

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    If you wanted to do it cheap i doubt you would get to far. I would probably get a name brand in-dash 7" screen and go from there. It would be small but a start.

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    probably bluetooth and airport are a must

    bluetooth for wireless keyboard and mouse (use in front seat or in back)
     
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    iTunes!

    An interface between iTunes and the car's stereo would be nice (and easy).
     
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    I'd recomend a touch screen over a small LCD panel. Also, when will a company make a 12v to Mac Mini adaptor. To replace the included power adaptor. Prefereably with a bettery built in, so you don't loose stuff when you turn the car off.

    This is also why a laptop would be better, bcause you could set it to sleep as quick as possible when it stops getting power from the power adaptor.
     
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    instead of a power inverter...

    how about we get a powerbook ac car adapter and solder on the oval power plug from the mini instead of the powerbook powerjack

    much much smaller and cheaper than the mini power brick + an inverter

    (have to check that the voltages match, but i suspect that the mini is more a laptop inside than a desktop)

    jalexter: good point on the battery and turning the car off, unless we hard wire it to the car's battery, and have the mini go to sleep shortly after it is inactive. That way when you shut the car off and walk away, the mini will go to sleep in like 5 minutes. I'll experiment with that.
     
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    Sounds like fun

    Excellent thought, settledown! Best of luck with it. You'll have to post pictures if/when you get it going.
     
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    First, how will the mini know when the car is off? And it you leave it for a while, well, by-bye car battery. I would be pissed if I found my car won't start because my mini drained it.

    I d recomend getting an iBook on the cheap, plug that little 7-inch display into it with the VGA adaptor, hope the touch screen works, and then take the screen OFF the iBook, so that it dosen't overheat (iBooks overheat if they are running while closed. So, if there is no screen, yet it thinks it's closed, then no problem.

    Stuff the screenless iBook in the glovebox or boot. Bingo, car-computer. With battery backup!
     
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    I am sure we will see very soon someone's ride getting pimped with a Mac Mini on MTV....
     
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    I doubt it, that show doesn't have too many positive Apple products, even getting people, I believe, a Creative jukebox one episode as opposed to an iPod.
     
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    Jalexter:
    the mini would go to sleep in 5 minutes regardless of the car being on or off. unless you are using it to watcha movie or listen to music or photoshop a picture of slightly.......
     
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    Very true.. I have not seen one Apple product on there. I am sure they have an agreement with certain manufacturers for the products they place in the cars. Perhaps that will change soon.
     
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    Here's my idea and what I would like to have done. I have a Scion XA and the cd player in it is rather large, I believe the mac mini is smaller than it and would fit into the space provided for the stereo. I'd like to replace the stereo with the mini and put in 2 or 3 lcd's in it. It would be cool if I could mount an lcd in the glove box that would flip out when you open it or something along those lines as it's illegal to remove a working airbag and unsafe as well heh. Then I'd either like one center mounted lcd or two headrest mounted lcd's in the back. The mini would be the music source via iTunes, and allow dvd viewing as well. A GPS would be nice but I've been told there aren't many GPS options for OS X right now. It would definitely have bluetooth and airport extreme. I just don't know if anyone can actually do this and I know I nor my husband could not.
    What does everyone think?
     
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    One thing you will need to consider is shock protection for the Mac Mini. I am not sure that the hard drive would survive a big pothole or two. Other than that it is an excellent idea. Teaming it up with a foldaway dashboard touch screen to control it would be very nice.

    Off now to pimp my Mini Cooper to make a Mini Mac Mini.

    Thoughts folks on how best when pimping to display the apple logo on the top of the unit. Not much use hiding it behind the dashboard, then no-one can see your set-up.
     
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    I see heat being a possibly major problem with this. The Mac mini is designed to draw air in from below it and vent it out the back. If it's not able to do this properly then it will probably overheat. You would need to ensure that the hot air vented out the back does not end up trapped in the space with the mini as it would just get hotter and hotter!
     
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    The 'Frogpad' keyboard looks like a neat little keyboard ideal for mounting in a vehicle. See frogpad.com
     
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    Yes definitely a touch screen, remember the one button mouse people moan about so much makes using a touch screen much easier. Then get a bluetooth keyboard and some kind of trackball or laptop type trackpad to control the mini if you want to do something more major when stopped. I would hardwire the mini into the car, maybe adding an additional battery, although you would have to figure out how to charge it. If you just put the mini to sleep every time you left the car, it would probably use very little battery power.
     
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    get route 66 software, plug in a cheap GPS-R and then youll be set with awsome navigation powers at your fingertips!!! $500 for mini + $100 for cheap GPS-R would be a lot cheaper than many in car nagigation systems on the market right now!!!
     
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    Is Xzibt a member here? I'm sure he could give you the lowdown-
     

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