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  • Apple iPad in my Land Rover Discovery

    I thought I would share what I've been up to. I decided to replace the MacMini system I had in the Disco with an extreme duty modular iPad mounting system. It was loads of fun to build and I'm really enjoying the results...especially on the trail.

    Check it out.

    Christian

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    I like the iPad holder a lot. Nice job with the design.

    The only point I didn't get to be honest, is that you say the RAM is sturdy but ugly. I'm not sure you got much advantage there, tbh with you. Does it vibrate much? Now if you plan to paint it, or maybe put some cover on it (it looks uneven) maybe it will definitely look better than a RAM mount solution.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post
      I like the iPad holder a lot. Nice job with the design.

      The only point I didn't get to be honest, is that you say the RAM is sturdy but ugly. I'm not sure you got much advantage there, tbh with you. Does it vibrate much? Now if you plan to paint it, or maybe put some cover on it (it looks uneven) maybe it will definitely look better than a RAM mount solution.
      The RAM mount is a total piece of junk...it holds the iPad with compression only and is super thick. The 1 DIN design is captured and isn't going anywhere. The metal is so thick it can't vibrate which is very important off road. I don't plan to paint it but if I did I would anodize it. Uneven?...this this thing is square as can be. In my opinion the styling is fitting with the rest of the vehicle...utility. But you are right I wouldn't expect this to go into any car.

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      • #4
        Awesome job adapting it to a DIN opening. Most ways I had imagined really were (as you said it) ugly. I think you did a good job hitting that universal-rugged-removable-aesthetic key points.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DiscoNomad View Post
          The RAM mount is a total piece of junk...it holds the iPad with compression only and is super thick. The 1 DIN design is captured and isn't going anywhere. The metal is so thick it can't vibrate which is very important off road. I don't plan to paint it but if I did I would anodize it. Uneven?...this this thing is square as can be. In my opinion the styling is fitting with the rest of the vehicle...utility. But you are right I wouldn't expect this to go into any car.
          Well, you could use your own dock/craddle with RAM mount arms and whatever in the back, that's what I was thinking about.

          Square? Not sure you understand what I meant. Maybe it's light reflection? You're telling me this is "square"? In what sense?



          IMHO you could put some texture in it to hide some of the uneveness of it, but hey, that's just my opinion. If you're happy with it, that's what matters.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post
            Well, you could use your own dock/craddle with RAM mount arms and whatever in the back, that's what I was thinking about.

            Square? Not sure you understand what I meant. Maybe it's light reflection? You're telling me this is "square"? In what sense?



            IMHO you could put some texture in it to hide some of the uneveness of it, but hey, that's just my opinion. If you're happy with it, that's what matters.
            When I say square I mean that is completly built to spec for exact symmetry. The holder and backing plate were cut using a computerized mill. There is no "unevenness" that the human eye can detect. Haha. Maybe what's throwing you off is that I took the picture of the backing plate before it was polished. But then again that's just showing grains from the scotch bright pad I used to clean it up the welds. I'm confused.

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            • #7
              Wow that turned out really good. Looks very functional and sturdy. I am really waiting for someone to step it up a notch with these mounts and make one that incorporates the ipad docking station. That way usb peripherals and sound and power could all be connected by simply sliding the pad into the dock. Did you ever think about doing something like that? Like I said though, I really like how yours turned out.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lankin View Post
                Wow that turned out really good. Looks very functional and sturdy. I am really waiting for someone to step it up a notch with these mounts and make one that incorporates the ipad docking station. That way usb peripherals and sound and power could all be connected by simply sliding the pad into the dock. Did you ever think about doing something like that? Like I said though, I really like how yours turned out.
                I did but I would just have the cable tucked into the box behind the mount. With the iPads amazing battery life there is just no need to charge it. I was thinking more about something that would work in a baja racing truck then a production car. Audio is working great right now via Bluetooth so no wires needed so far.

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