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How To Build A PC Into Your Car

Using a mini-ITX system, you can build a complete PC, right into the dashboard of your car. Talk about mobile computing!

Skins used with voice-recognition software can also provide safe and a mostly hands-free method of working with applications. Applications like RoadRunner and SKINbedder work with NaviVoice voice recognition to provide quick access to applications with a minimum of driver involvement. In the screenshot below, you can see how NaviVoice helps to integrate voice activated GPS with media playing and other applications, making GPS functions available quickly and safely with a one-word command:

With applications like Mobile Media Center, users can develop their own "skins" to access media and other car applications by touch. Here's an example:

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User Rank: Apprentice
12/12/2011 | 7:18:59 PM
re: How To Build A PC Into Your Car
Building a car PC is still a much better option that using say the iPad or a Android tablet; depending on what you want to do. Example: if you are just looking to be able to play media than you can use one of the tablet solutions. Even if you just want to add GPS, you could still get away with just a tablet. But, if you wanted to take it a step further with options like, after market backup cams or use control boards to integrate into car functionality you would need a PC. How would you like to send a text to your car and have it start then send another to turn the heat or air on... You would need a PC for that. It all depends on what you want to accomplish and what type of experience you are looking for.
Mike Fratto
Mike Fratto,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/7/2011 | 1:24:13 AM
re: How To Build A PC Into Your Car
Yeah, this was written back in 2006, so alot has changed. What with bluetooth starting to get built into cars (at least more expensive ones), this story is dated.

User Rank: Apprentice
12/3/2011 | 2:38:07 PM
re: How To Build A PC Into Your Car
Why doing all this? Just use iPad or any tabelt pc
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