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    Why the iPad love, but nothing else?

    I understand the iPad is the hot new bauble, but I don't understand why there was a poll question for what car(s) should mp3car's store develop an iPad dash kit for, when there are numerous screens that are both immediately usable by numerous people in the mp3car community, and readily sold by mp3car's store that could use replacement bezels for as well?

    I mean, for example I would love to put something larger than a 7 inch screen in my car (a 2008 Dodge Charger) such as an 8 or even a 10 inch screen, but the barriers to entry of a lack of fabrication knowledge/ability/access and the urge to have things look as OEM as possible prevent that. To buy an OEM dash bezel for my car is already exorbitantly priced from dealers and online, so to hack one apart for a project that may fail is something I'd never do, but if there were a company making bezels pre-fab for larger screens (in my car for example, by moving the esp/hazard buttons to the bottom where the useless little tray is) I would buy one immediately.

    I understand that with the newness of the iPad it may seem like something that's an instant money maker, but really how many people have iPads compared to standard PCs, let alone want to use them in the car? I imagine whoever makes the store's current dash kits has access to a scanning laser? It seems like a lot of this would be pretty easy stuff for someone with the right tools.

    Am I crazy?

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    I'm more upset that i don't even have the OPTION to vote for the mighty 1985 Yugo GV... How can it not even be an OPTION on the list???
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    Haha, yet there's a listing for Bugatti. :v

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    Quote Originally Posted by SenatorIvy View Post
    Haha, yet there's a listing for Bugatti. :v
    Well, to be fair, currently there are 3 Bugatti's for sale on ebay... not a single Yugo... I guess the Yugo's are the more exclusive vehicle...
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    Haha true.

    I'm trying to find the thread (it was either on here, or on a Charger forum) wherein a user had their own 3d scanner setup and rapid prototyping gear, as well as the CAD/CAM knowledge of how to adjust the resulting model. I'd love to see if I can get them to scan + print a custom bezel. There's just a way larger potential for something like this than there is for any iPad one-offs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SenatorIvy View Post
    I understand that with the newness of the iPad it may seem like something that's an instant money maker, but really how many people have iPads compared to standard PCs, let alone want to use them in the car? I imagine whoever makes the store's current dash kits has access to a scanning laser? It seems like a lot of this would be pretty easy stuff for someone with the right tools.

    Am I crazy?
    Probably. There are, what, 1 million ipads out there and how many car Fewer, I think.

    The money and momentum are with the iPad right now. It is a much easier jump to put the iPad in the car than a pc in a car. Just easier all around.

    If I had to guess, the poll isn't 100% about what model. It's also gauging general interest in the topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraziFuzzy View Post
    I'm more upset that i don't even have the OPTION to vote for the mighty 1985 Yugo GV... How can it not even be an OPTION on the list???
    I added your yugo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    It's also gauging general interest in the topic.
    And quite an intrest it is. The results so far are very interesting.

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    I dunno, maybe I'm just bitter that there aren't as many levels of customer options for wider support than a singular device. The money may be with the iPad, but only in the short term. Even if there's a huge push toward apps that are carcentric/more while-driving friendly, I seriously doubt that it's going to be replacing the in-dash system any time.

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    You said it yourself in the first post. Lack of knowledge, lack of ability, lack of access
    are barriers to installing a car pc. The iPad solves those problems for a great many people.

    It's not a replacement for a car pc, but it DOES do a great many things that a car pc does and it does them in a dock able package and for the AVERAGE person, that is "good enough".

    You may not have seen this movie before, but it happens quite a bit. VHS replaced beta even though it was a poorer quality format than beta. The iPod replaced the existing mp3 players even though it had fewer features and less storage. It happens all the time when a product has one attribute the others don't and can't.

    In this case, the iPad is simple, compact, and close to the screen size of a double din hu. People look at it and think, hey, I carry this thing everywhere, why not in my car?

    Compare that to the average car pc which needs special power supply, custom installation and custom software configuration. Sure, you can do more with it, it's more expandable, and superior for tinkering with and customizing. But the general public finds that difficult and the iPad 'good enough'. The vendors follow the money. Consider the potential market for the iPad bezel vs. anything else. A million sold and counting means a growth market for custom bezels.

    The alternative is custom bezels for a fragmented and smaller market. Which would you pick?
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    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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