Things We Like: Hacker Mods ’69 GTO to be Controlled by iPod Touch
Because you should always be able to control your old muscle car with your iPod touch. Per the Wired Gadget Lab, car hacker Dave Phipps has modified his restored 1969 Pontiac GTO inside and out with changes that include automatic windows and doors, a wireless network, and voice control via Bluetooth. Phipp’s latest hack is an app running on his iPod touch that controls every subsystem of his car.
To accomplish this, Phipps first installed a Linksys router inside the car to create a wireless network. He then hooked up a RedEyebase station, a unit which typically allows an iPhone or iPod touch to tap into a home theater system. The RedEye is then connected to the car’s various electronic systems, as well as numerous servos and other controllers.
The best part about the car mod according to Jalopnik, is that “there isn’t a unique circuit board anywhere in the car.”
For users who’d like to mod their cars a la Phipps’, you’d just need to be adept at wiring your vehicle and writing software. Phipps, Jalopnik reports, is about to get fancy with his iPodiac GTOuch: next on his list is “a USB-tunable electronic fuel injection system” for the V8 engine, as well as a heads-up display on the windshield.