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    screw the underpants, and if that isn't patented get on it! It's really the only way to profit...but i bet it's done. I'd say they'd run around $400-650 in mass production situation, depending on a few things. I mean, hey, why not go ahead and sell one with a prefab car adapter AND one for the house. You could really do a lot with it to make many steps in the carputer process easier, that don't cost more when mass produced, yet could jack the price up to the $700 area. Built in usb hub? Just throwin ideas out.
    The easier it makes it for noobs like me, less steps and technical aspects, then the more its worth, you know?

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    Dangers of Car

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimey
    Holy crap man, looks good but how do you not crash your truck every 3 seconds??? You have more stuff in there then a fighter jet.
    Heh! You aren't far from the truth, though. Now that I've gone and done it, it is actually a potentially dangerous distraction. In my test run, I strayed out of my lane a couple times, getting honked at once. And I thought searching for a certain song on the iPod was pushing it. Anything you do with a CarPuter demands a lot of face time with the screen, just like it does at home.

    But with a CarPuter, you're driving a weapon of mass distraction...or is that mass "just crashin'"? Those little delays add up. Your keypresses fail 20% of the time, you have to go and retype, locating, clicking, waiting to see the result...

    All that stuff takes your eyes off the road, robbing you of precious reaction time, should someone in front apply their brakes, or a child dash out from the curb. All the more reason for a whizbang, dead-simple interface, a graphical front end that minimizes that attention-robbing face time.

    All the more reason to understand why new model cars with navigation systems do not allow you to change anything while the car is in motion. I understand very well why Apple might not want to cooperate with the use of their Mini in CarPuter installation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shizzle

    I'd say they'd run around $400-650 in mass production situation, depending on a few things. I mean, hey, why not go ahead and sell one with a prefab car adapter AND one for the house. You could really do a lot with it to make many steps in the carputer process easier, that don't cost more when mass produced, yet could jack the price up to the $700 area.
    Jesus, I think my profit margin'd beat out Apple on their iPods at those prices! I'm thinking of competing with existing PowerBok docks, which are price-pointed at $259.00 or so. Even that seems awful pricey when compared with the cost of the Mini unit.

    But I might give you a "special deal" ;-)

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