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Geek My Ride: Build the Ultimate Tech Rodby Auri Rahimzadeh
Synopses & Reviews
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to totally tech-out your ride! Geek My Ride is the first do-it-yourself guide to installing a variety of awesome projects that will turn your ordinary vehicle into the ultimate tech rod! Car hacker Tyler Regas guides readers through 21 cool projects, complete with tools, skills and step-by-step instructions. Projects include:
Not your father's idea of cool wheels
Your definition of automotive high tech goes far beyond a backseat DVD player with a drop-down screen. How about a gaming PC? Internet access? Satellite TV? Maybe videoconferencing? Oh yeah—now that's more like it.
Add those and half a dozen other geek toys to your ride with these step-by-step instructions, complete lists of tools and equipment, advice on handling power and temperature issues, even essential physics. So what are you waiting for?
Install them all
Everything you need to know to tech out your ride
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to totally tech-out your ride! Geek My Ride is the first do-it-yourself guide to installing a variety of awesome projects that will turn your ordinary vehicle into the ultimate tech rod! Car hacker Auri Rahimzadeh guides readers through 15 cool projects, complete with tools, skills and step-by-step instructions.
Geek My Ride goes way beyond factory options and teaches readers how to install a custom car PC, with Wi-Fi, Internet access, and more. Dive into installing video gaming systems, video surveillance, LED message boards, and more. You'll even learn to how get your car's new MP3 player to sync with your home music collection wirelessly when you pull into the garage!
Foreword by Steve "Woz" Wozniak.
About the Author
Auri Rahimzadeh has been tinkering with computers ever since he was six years old and loves all technology. Auri collects computers and has been involved with many computer projects, including teaching computers alongside Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer. Auri has written hundreds of articles on various computer technologies, has contributed to many standards including HDTV, DVD, and interactive television. Auri has also contributed to computer education for students across the country and has promoted technology awareness through the Indianapolis Computer Society, where he has served as president for three years. Currently, Auri runs his own IT consulting firm, The Auri Group (TAG), and spends his free time programming, chatting in Starbucks, and going to Pacers games.
Table of Contents
Part I: Laying the Groundwork.
Chapter 1: Planning Your Projects.
Chapter 2: Saving Money.
Chapter 3: Giving Your Creation Life: Power Considerations.
Chapter 4: It’s So Hot in Here: Dealing with Heat.
Chapter 5:Working with Cables.
Chapter 6: Physics Man, Physics: Preparing Home Electronics for the Road.
Part II: The User Interface.
Chapter 7: Choosing a Display Device.
Chapter 8: Choosing an Input Device.
Part III: Foundation Projects.
Chapter 9: Building a Single-Source A/V System.
Chapter 10: Integrating a Game Console.
Chapter 11: Adding a General-Purpose PC.
Chapter 12: Installing a Media Center PC.
Chapter 13: Installing a Gaming PC.
Part IV: Advanced Projects.
Chapter 14: Adding Internet Access.
Chapter 15: Networking and Sharing an Internet Connection.
Chapter 16: Adding Television Access.
Chapter 17: Syncing Music Library with Your Existing Home Network.
Chapter 18: Syncing Portable Music Players.
Chapter 19: Videoconferencing.
Chapter 20: Being Big Brother: Adding Video Surveillance.
Chapter 21: Talking to Your Car’s Computer.
Chapter 22: LED Message Displays.
Chapter 23: Installing Wireless Headphones.
Appendix A: Legal Concerns.
Appendix B: Project Gallery.
Appendix C: Additional Resources.
Appendix D: Vehicle Interface Types.
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