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The innovations and potential uses for the Mini Mac are running wild since it’s announcement earlier this week. One of the more interesting ideas comes from car-modders. They’ve taken notice that the size of the Mini Mac makes it ideal for fitting into a DIN slot […]

The innovations and potential uses for the Mini Mac are running wild since it’s announcement earlier this week.

One of the more interesting ideas comes from car-modders. They’ve taken notice that the size of the Mini Mac makes it ideal for fitting into a DIN slot where your car stereo goes. Brings a whole new world to mobile audio and computing power.

Imagine putting a Mini Mac in your car and running your entire music collection off of it, through your car stereo. Many higher end car stereos run much higer than $499, so this may not be far fetched.
With 802.11g and Airport Exptreme, syncing your music collection to your car in your garage would be no problem – although a removable Mini Mac enclosure probably isn’t far-fetched either.
Attach a touch screen to the Mini Mac and have full access to everything – and even the iTunes visualizations while your music plays. Cool.

Then couple your EDGE & Bluetooth enabled cellphone to give your Mac Mini a mobile internet connection, and install some GPS software (or just use [the aging] Sherlock app), and wahlah! Instant real-time in-car navigation system.

I think the possibilities are gonna just explode with the Mac Mini in the hands of the mad scientists out there. I ain’t no jean-yus, but my mind’s already going in a million directions with the things I could do with this tiny computer.

UPDATE:
Jonas Salling (of Salling Clicker fame) kindly reminded me of the ability to control your OS X system via BT cell phone using Salling Clicker. Even provided some fun pictures to demonstrate the capability.
If you haven’t heard of Salling Clicker, and you have a Bluetooth cell phone, definitely check it out! (and no, I’m getting nothing out of mentioning this app, but the happiness of enlightening all of you.)

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  1. chris holland Friday, January 14, 2005

    There’s also Romeo, a free alternative to the very nice, full-featured Salling Clicker.

  2. The Gadgets Weblog Tuesday, January 18, 2005

    MiniMac – Disected.
    MacWorld gives a hands-on overview of the new Mac Mini I haven’t had the chance to see one of these in the flesh, so it’s hard to get a grip on just how small they are – but people…

  3. I have been runnign across alot of websites lately that have to do witht he MAC MINI nad other accessories in the car.

    Check out

    http://www.macincar.com

    http://www.macinride.com

    http://www.macinauto.com

    http://www.macminiauto.com

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