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Old 01-20-2011, 09:36 PM   #1
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iPad Control of you E46

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IBM T42 in trunk
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SplashTop remote to connect to PC

The Apple iPad case is perfect for mounting on the center console by sliding the door in between the passenger seat and the console. I prefer it being upside down for easy access to the home button. DON'T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD!
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:27 PM   #2
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That's dope, really, really dope, but too complicated for use while driving.
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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That's pretty cool!
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:24 AM   #4
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Yeah, It's more of a fun hobbie than a practical application. I actually prefer something with actual button control rather than touchscreen for use while driving. Touchscreen requires you to see where you're touching but physical buttons you don't. I'm looking into one of these...


It gives you iDrive type control but with the carputer. You can still use the iPad for display, but it's not required for input. There is also the option of controlling the carputer directly from the stereo or steering wheel controls which is nice because it doesn't require any aditional equipment. I have a converter box that inputs composite display and the T42 outputs composite, so it can be visible on the stock 16x9 headunit. The iPad has much nicer resolution however.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:39 AM   #5
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how r u popping and closing the hood? it's a mechanical latch/lock mechanism not electronic...

very cool.
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