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1981 DeLorean modded with in-dash iPad interface

Dr. Emmett Brown made a good point in "Back to the Future" when he said to Marty McFly, "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?"

If you plan on roaming the streets in a 1981 DeLorean, you might as well customize it to your liking. That's exactly what YouTube user DMCPat says in a video about the impressive modifications he made to his classic DeLorean, including adding an iPad Mini interface.

This 1981 DeLorean is a Vin 1880, which means it's one of the first 1,000 cars shipped to the US. It has many modifications, including a rear spoiler, a high-mounted third brake light, remote lock/unlock, new wheels and steering wheel, seal-beamed LED lights, LED fog lights, blue LED interior door lights, and blue LED underbody lights, just to name a few. … Read more

Garmin launches new dash cams at CES, GPS optional

With the market for portable navigation devices shrinking, Garmin is constantly looking for new, clever ways onto your dashboard. Rather than tell you where to go, Garmin's latest devices, the Garmin Dash Cam 10 and 20 announced Monday at CES 2014, aim to document events and accidents along the way.

The Dash Cam affixes to the windshield with a suction cup mount and is powered by the car's 12-volt power system, automatically springing to life when the engine is started and shutting down when the car does. A wide-angle HD camera points out of the windshield at the road ahead and records a continuous loop of 1080p, 720p, or WVGA video onto its included 4GB microSD card. Up to 32GB memory cards are supported, should the user want more space to store more incidents or increase the length of the recording loop. … Read more

Churches resort to using GPS, in case baby Jesus is stolen

It's Christmas.

The time of year when we all love our fellow human a little more. The time of year when we consider the spiritual aspects of our lives (or their lack).

And the time of year when people steal baby Jesus figurines from nativity scenes in churches.

As MyFoxDC reports, a security company has leaped to the rescue of churches frustrated that their Jesus, Mary, or Joseph are taken by the unscrupulous.

Brickhouse Security is giving free GPS trackers to all qualifying churches in order to prevent such an unholy occurrence.… Read more

Honda Civic runs iPhone nav

Many drivers find the navigation apps on their phones work better and are more up-to-date than those built into their dashboards, yet relying on a handset for turn-by-turn directions can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Honda hits the sweet spot with its new HondaLink app, integrating navigation from the phone into a car's built-in LCD.

Although different initiatives exist to emulate smartphones in the dashboard, the only example currently available from an automaker comes in the Chevy Spark and Sonic. Drivers of those models can buy the BringGo app and use it as the navigation engine, integrating it with … Read more

GPS Cookie tracks your trail of digital breadcrumbs

Sometimes, you just want to wander and not worry about maps or staring at a GPS screen. That's where a GPS data logger comes in handy. You let it handle the chore of remembering where you've been.

The GPS Cookie runs on two AAA batteries and records data onto a microSD card you supply. It records data, time, and location to track your routes, letting you build up a history of your movements. That data can then be imported into Google Earth so you can visualize your travels.… Read more

Police firing GPS tracking 'bullets' at cars during chases

Car chases are exciting, but fraught.

One slip of the wheel, one errant pedestrian, one drunken driver, and difficult consequences may follow.

Police in Iowa and Florida, however, seem to have taken the counsel of Q from the "Bond" movies.

Instead of constantly hurtling after potential madmen, they have found an entirely new method of tracking their cars.

It's called Starchase. Essentially, it's a cannon that fires "bullets" that are sticky GPS devices.… Read more

Artist creates 11-acre portrait in Belfast field

Belfast's reputation for producing stuff that's larger than life continues with a monumental artwork that comes a century after the sinking of the Titanic.

"Wish" is a portrait of a local 6-year-old girl that has been carved into an 11-acre field close to where the Harland and Wolff shipyard, birthplace of the massive doomed ship, once stood.

It's the work of Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, who has been known for creating enormous portraits such as one of Barack Obama on a Barcelona beachfront. … Read more

Skully demonstrates GPS, rear-view camera in motorcycle helmet

Using GPS on a motorcycle usually involves looking down at a portable navigation device on the handlebars, but Skully Helmets wants to update that experience. The company developed the Skully P1 motorcycle helmet, which gives riders a heads-up display and integrates not only GPS, but a rear-view camera, hands-free phone system, and voice command.

According to Skully's press materials, the display is not in the rider's primary field of vision, and appears as if it were floating 6 meters ahead.

The helmet runs a modified version of the Android operating system, which comes loaded with navigation and Bluetooth … Read more

GPS gets elderly couple stuck in mud for 2 days

Technology's arrogance is so great that it can make you feel small and unintelligent.

But if you trust it too much, you can lose your sense of, well, sense.

This may be a lesson hard learned by a California couple in their advanced years, who had their doubts about where their GPS was sending them, but let it send them there anyway.

They were traveling from Ridgecrest, Calif., to the Oregon coast. They were in their RV. They were pulling their golf cart.

Then, as Dorris Garton describes it to KCAL-TV: "The trees started really closing in on … Read more

Apple Maps leads drivers onto Alaska airport taxiway

According to Apple Maps, it's 3,550 miles from my house to the Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska. It will take me 64 hours of non-stop driving to get there. Oh, and I'll need to drive down a taxiway used by airplanes to reach my destination.

According to the Alaska Dispatch, an iOS Maps app flaw has led two inattentive out-of-town drivers to unquestioningly follow their iPhones down Taxiway B over the last few weeks, despite a gate and sign meant to deter exactly that sort of behavior.… Read more