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    roll down my windows!!!

    alright here's there game plan. i'm a noob to the mp3car forums and to the quest in general. but i need some help on a idea that i believe would be completely unbelieveable and easily done.... well obviously it's not that easy or i wouldn't be asking for help. i'm looking for some way to control the electrical elements of my car from my bluetooth phone. for example:

    1. start up
    2. roll down/ up windows
    3. lock/unlock
    etc.

    the way i've come up with is to use a usb servo
    http://industrialcomponent.com/phidgets/phiik004.html

    to control from the mac to the windows ect and salling software
    http://homepage.mac.com/jonassalling/Shareware/

    to control the phone to mac via bluetooth.(this guy used salling software to control the movement and focus of his telescope with bluetooth. http://home.comcast.net/%7ed.sopchak...bs/MacDob.html)

    the problem i'm having is i can't seem to find a mac servo kit to implement this. (i have no idea exactly what i'm looking for) and even if i did find one i wouldn't know what to do with it.
    any help or constructive critisism is greatly appreciated. also feel free to tell my why it won't work

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    Work it backwards. Do you know how to hack into your car's electrical system? Find out what kind of communications the car uses and what options there are for hacking it.

    THEN worry about how to get the Mac to interface with it.
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    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    what I would do is contact the folks at http://www.phidgets.com/ and ask them what device they are using for USB interface, if it;s a FDTI chip.. if so, then you need to know what they set the Device VendorID/ProductID to .. you will probably have to wrote some code to talk to the device. but the good news is there is some USB sample code at apple's developer site..

    I got the impression that these folks were PC guys and didnt do mac.. but I could be wrong..

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