• Jun 20, 2006
We've reported in the past about hacking one's Prius in the search for higher mileage, but what about what about diving into the hybrid's matrix of bits and bytes in search of a more enlightening computing experience? (In the interest of full disclosure, I'm blogging this on a Powerbook G4, have an iMac G5 in the other room and am at the mercy of no less than three iPods.)
Regardless of your operating system preference, one has to appreciate the hack job of Jeremy Kusnetz, a systems architect from Leesburg, VA. Kusnets states his original motivation was to devise a way to take his entire iTunes library on the road with him and have and also for his young daughter to watch DVDs on long trips. I won't embarrass myself by attempting to explain how he did it, but the result is a Mac Mini installed in a cubbyhole of the Prius's center console. Not content using the Apple Remote to control the interface of Front Row on the Mac, Kusnetz programmed the Prius's touchscreen to handle commands for the computer.

You can check out a video of the MacPrius in action here on the designer's website.

[Source: Kusnetz.net]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      AutoFan beat me to it. Neat but stupid.
      Prii still look like dorkmobiles. And this Kuntznetz fool, see how long it takes him to have an accident from being distracted by trying to punch in coordinates while drinking a double-grande-mocha- latte while talking on a cellphone in morning rush hour traffic. DC area is full of enough distraction on the road without this bleep bloop BS nerd-o Star Trek fanboy crap. Somebody like that collides with me I'm gonna get the Cochran firm to help me liquidate their assets, including their children.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mr. Kusnetz will eventually have to worry about those wretched Type-1 and Type-2 errors.

      http://www.automobilesdeluxe.blogspot.com
      • 8 Years Ago
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      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 Robert:

      No, with Type 1 and Type 2 errors, obviously Gunnar just thinks the Prius is a Volkswagen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Have been driving a Prius 05 for 2 years. Best car I've ever owned. Maintenance free. Fuel tops. Wish I could have it this way forever-Also a beauty and 6'5" son can stretch legs in back seat!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Moot: I think this is one of those things that's both pretty cool and pretty stupid all at once.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #4 AutoFan,

      That would be just about the coolest car ever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      June 2003: "Tatra Mac G4 - fastest Mac on the four wheels?"
      http://www.mujmac.cz/art/hw/tatra_mac_eng.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      Type-1 and Type-2 errors? How 90's.

      The mini runs on OS X. Its protected memory eliminated those errors about 5 years ago.
      • 8 Years Ago
      COOL! I wonder if he'll do this to my GMC Sierra Denali.
      • 8 Years Ago
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      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, you guys love to hate. "a touch screen computer in the dash what could go wrong" The guy basically reverse engineered a Prius, hacked it and installed a Mac Mini, it safe to say he's smart enough to use his discretion when operating a car.

      Read the guy's blog, its a very impressive run down on what went into making this happen.
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