Crazy custom iTouch car integration idea--need input!!

Discussion in 'iPod touch Hacks' started by ibadukefan, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. ibadukefan macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2005
    OK, so I've been thinking hard about what would really be the best music integration into my car. I have finally, after much research, singled one solitary idea to be the best- the iTouch\iPhone. Now I'm not talking about some mount job here, let me get straight to it.

    Take an iTouch or iPhone apart. Connect a 7 inch touchscreen to it in place of the actual stock screen. Next, replace the hard drive with about 128GB Solid State Drive. I would install the drive in a dock so it would be removable. I would also disable coverflow somehow in the device.

    Think about it...the iTouch or iPhone has the best iPod interface anywhere! No ipod integration kit, in-dash receiver, or whatever else you want to throw in there can come close. There is a keyboard and mouse included, it's all in the touchscreen. My guess, and it's an UN EDUCATED guess btw, is that when you connect a larger screen to the Touch, it will fill the screen. And hopefully you can just image the SSD to think it is an ipod. You put it in a dock so that you can pull it out quickly to take it inside to update it. Obviously, wireless updating would be great, but this is already a stretch, so I'm not looking for perfection.

    There are a few issues to be worked out. First, coverflow. Nobody uses it, and certainly not the entire time. But when the ipod is in landscape, that is all you see. So we would have to disable it somehow. I found a method this afternoon for doing that, but I have not tested it. You could turn off the accellerometer, but you would then have a vertical ipod, which would be stupid and too small. Next, is the power issue. Connecting to the car's power supply and setting up when it would turn itself off, especially when you pulled the SSD. Also, power for the screen would have to be worked out separately. Which leads to the next issue of implementing the Home and Sleep buttons somewhere, which probably isn't a big deal. And getting audio to the speakers, of course. There are many other issues, but this should get us started.

    Ambitious? Yes, obviously. But if done well, this could be the closest to perfection of music integration ever. Imagine just having a 7 inch screen in your dash that you could flick to find music!!! BTW, it would also do all the other stuff the iTouch\iPhone do. If you use the iPhone, you could even install the camera in the back and use it as a rear backing up camera thingy. If you have service, it could be your Nav system, you could surf the net! Whatever. That is all icing on the cake though. The real deal will be having that interface on a 7 inch screen in your dash.

    So give me some ideas, bring up other issues.
  2. Boots- macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2009
    This is an interesting idea but why get a nav service when you can use google maps, because the iPhone has a built in GPS right?
  3. ibadukefan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2005
    That was my point.
  4. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    Ugh, how about a carputer? It sounds like you feel youve stumbled upon some great revelation about music in the car...even on the mac side, its been done alot. Each time its always a personal touch which makes it different.

    Why hack something you can build? A touchscreen in the dash, a macmini or laptop in the car.
  5. pwn247 macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
    West Virginia, USA
    The only problem that I really see is how to do all this. IIRC, you can't just "hook up a SSD to an iPod touch".

    It seems as though you're looking for a car-puter (as mentioned above). And it's been done before! I've seen many places where people have installed a Mac Mini in their vehicle. But with an iPod touch... seems a little out-of-the-way and difficult. :(
  6. andybno1 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Liverpool, UK
    surely there would be a way to disable the accelometer? this would tackle the cover flow issue.
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    iPhone and iPod touch uses a special type of touch screen, not usually found in other devices.

    iPhone and iPod touch do not use HARDDRIVE.

    Storage is soldered to the board.
  8. Drifte macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2008
    Make it easy on yourself. Use a blue tooth capable headunit, tuck it away somewhere. Get yourself a screen if you want and mount it up. Use the ipod touch for everything else. Its been done.
  9. martinimac macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2009
    Too late!

    Hey guys check out and look at the interiors section.....these guys have been at this stuff for years - and have all the solutions already....check out the really cool Van with on board office, tehy do mac too!!

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