The iPad mini makes a great tablet, but with a little effort, you can teach it some new tricks. F150 Forums user 2011SuperCrew found a fantastic use for the small touchscreen: an in-dash display that serves as a sort of nerve system for all your driving needs.
The most important element of this project is a frame to mount the iPad in the right place; this requires some careful measuring of both the tech involved and the width of the car’s dashboard, particularly the area just above the CD player. Interestingly, 2011SuperCrew started the project before he even owned an iPad, so he used a wireframe template that's available online.
2011SuperCrew gutted his truck's stereo control console, and made his frame by cutting holes in the original dash, and then applying body filler. After adding a home button and sanding and painting the frame, he attached his iPad Mini to the frame and placed the entire assembly in his truck.
The iPad draws power from a Lightning connector attached to the stereo system, and 2011SuperCrew used a MiFi hotspot to add Wi-Fi connectivity to his truck. The rest of the features simply rely on the apps installed tablet.
This is a cool project for beginner modders with small tablets because it doesn't require any coding or a lot of electrical engineering know-how. Just don't play Angry Birds while driving!
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