This is a different kind of video. It's not of someone talking about a Microsoft product.
It's about a Microsoft employee's hobby.
We think you'll find his hobby to be pretty darn interesting, though. He tore apart his car, put Windows XP, WiFi, GPS, and other things, into his car, and put it all back together.
While we featured only one guy's car, J.P. Stewart, he's actually started a "carPC club" on campus and he knows a few dozen people who are working on similar customization projects.
He has also started a "CarPC blog
." His blog has many photos and tips for those of you who are trying to customize your own cars in this way.
Some cool stuff J.P. has already built into his car:
1) RSS News Aggregator for receiving audio "Podcasts
" (between the filming of this video and today, he built the software to do that).
2) Integration with the new
Streets and Trips 2005
, so he always knows where he is, and how to get where he's going.
3) A cool Motorola cell phone that uses BlueTooth to keep him on the Internet whenever he's near the car.
4) A portable hard drive for playing his audio and video files.
Keep in mind that this is an enthusiast group that isn't building products.
Channel 9 has previously talked to
the AutoPC group here at Microsoft -- they are the ones who are actually trying to build products for car manufacturers to include. It's fascinating to compare
the approaches that these two groups are taking.
Thanks J.P. for sharing your incredible project with us! We are so jealous!