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Rooted Nook Color used as in-car media system

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The Nook Color has gotten a lot of attention because the Android powered ereader can be hacked into a real Android tablet. One owner took this a step further and put it in his car as an in-car entertainment system. From a tablet perspective it’s quite boring with it even lacking GPS (though he states in the video that he hopes that Bleutooth support will be added, allowing the Nook to use his cellphone’s shared GPS) but we have to remember that this is a $250 ereader, not an $800 Xoom. It’s not that long since you couldn’t get a CD player for your car for that price, so the setup is nothing to frown upon. He should perhaps consider looking into OBD-II to get some more car related functionality, after all you only need Wifi for that.Video after the jump.

[YouTube via Liliputing]

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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17 thoughts on “Rooted Nook Color used as in-car media system

  • Avatar of Allen Schmidt

    That’s pretty cool. I have to say, that really sucks listening to the headphone out jack considering the poor audio quality of the Nook. With that aside, it’s still amazing seeing all of these little hacks people can do.

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  • Indeed. But won’t anybody put it on their motorbike, like in that iPad video? That was a ‘huh’ moment.

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  • Avatar of Barto

    A collision waiting to happen!

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  • Avatar of ztcfgh

    The nook color is becoming one of the best tablets/ereaders on the market. Too bad it doesn’t get the itention it deserves compared to the kindle or ipad.

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    • Avatar of Allen Schmidt

      Out of the box, the iPad is a much superior device. The Nook can be rooted (obviously), but even then the iPad still has it beat. The Nook is great, but not a full blown tablet.

      Now when compared to the Kindle, I agree. The Kindle is a fantastic reading device no doubt. However, I don’t understand the desire for people to be tied into only having one option to purchase content. Even Apple let you load our own music onto your iPod. With the Kindle, this is impossible. Only Kindle books.

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      • Allen, I suppose a lot of people figure that that one source is more than enough for their needs. Much like iTunes, even if you can put whatever music you want on your iPod, I’m sure there’s plenty of people who never go outside iTunes. If your selection is vast enough to at least give this impression, I don’t think it will be a problem for the majority of consumers.

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    • Well, it is US only…iPad and Kindle aren’t. Same deal as with the Zune, americans overestimating how important their market is

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      • Avatar of Matthew B.

        I have to agree with that market thing.. I don’t understand why are companies still trying to fight apple here in us, when the fight is almost lost before it even begins- apple is now the brand of technology in us. They should go to europe, I know that none of my Slovak friends won’t buy an apple product (too expensive there, even though that’s a problem of the official dealer for apple there..), yet they will buy nook for 200 euros with no problem..

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  • Avatar of macilaci457

    The car-pc project is dieing. Wow.

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  • Avatar of James

    Pretty sweet. Looks like it would be a bit too distracting tho

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  • I can see a time not too far into the future where cars no longer have built in sat nav/computer systems nor even radio/cd players and instead just have somewhere to mount and connect your tablet or smart phone.

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    • That would be pretty cool, actually. More sci-fi than having the functionality built in directly… :)

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      • Avatar of macilaci457

        Yes but in some country using cell phone in care is already prohibited. Tablets makes the users focus on the device exactly as a cell phone does. Maybe more.

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  • Avatar of BrianK

    it’s weird how companies seem to intentionally cripple their products. especially in cases like this, when there isn’t a more fully-featured product in their lineup the could be worried about cannibalizing. i wonder how much fault can be placed on people looking at apple and thinking that just dumbing down their products will result in similar success…

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    • Avatar of Mathis

      you mean like 5th to 6th generation nano? the new one is totaly useless in my opinion, the 5th generation nano just get to powerfull, camera, radio, video… that was a great device, but that tiny squarescreenthing…?

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  • Avatar of Helena

    It is amazing how a poor ereader with a bare 800MHz cpu is capable of all of this, and more powerful devices aren’t even useable normally.

    The Nook Color, even if you must root it to get all of its juice, is one of the most versatile tablets out there, and very appealing for the price. I am still waiting more companies to realize that there is a niche in the market of people who are willing to buy a tablet with no stupid limitations for the final user.

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  • Avatar of Relyt

    Nook Color, proving itself once again as a very versatile device.

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