While the ‘iPad mini’ from Apple has not started life on the market as well as other releases from the company in the past, it appears that there is at least one use for it that its larger sister product would find tough to ‘fill’, that is, if the user is resourceful enough.
Soundwaves, a ‘motor customisation shop’ in Tampa (USA), have decided to implement the iPad mini into an unofficial car modification, building the new product into the dashboard of a 2012 Toyota Corolla.
The process undertaken by the company saw them slide the iPad mini into the video screen section of the car display, with the downsized Apple device seemingly a perfect fit for the space available.
The design is made to be able to seamlessly fit into and out of its slot to be optimised for in-car usage, and while it is known that the device is connected by some features to the car (such as volume control and iPad settings), it is unclear whether or not the device and car’s controls are interchangable, or if the iPad serves as a replacement for the Toyota’s regular features.
Being able to directly use an iPad mini for the user’s car appears to be a unique feature that no tablet computer makers have latched onto, but if this makeshift idea from Soundwaves of Tampa gains interest, will technology giants soon be entering deals with car manufacturers to create a more ‘complete product’? A video made by Soundwaves on their unique developments can be seen below: