From Studebaker to Nanobaker: How to Add a Touch-Controlled, iPod Nano Sound System to Your Car

How to Add a Touch-Controlled, iPod Nano Sound System to Your Car

How do you make a 1950 Studebaker even cooler? By installing an iPod Nano in the dashboard, of course!

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The folks over at MAYA Design hacked their way to a touch-controlled sound system with this project they've dubbed the "Nano-Baker" (or "Stude-iPod") using a pair of Apple ear buds, a USB cable, a voltage regulator and a set of speakers. Here's how they pulled it off.

First, remove the clock module from the dashboard and its housing and give it a new faceplate and black backing to make the contrast sharper.

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Hot glue the iPod Nano onto the faceplate, then fit it back into the housing.

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Once the module is put back together, route the audio and charging cables and hot glue them into place.

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Cut off the ear buds and solder a mini-stereo headphone jack onto the end.

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Route the cables into the dashboard and put the clock back in its place. Now it's time to make a charging circuit. For this you'll need a low dropout regulator, which will be wired to the ignition switch. See the schematic below for details on how to connect it.

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Connect the speakers and charging circuit and mount the wires under the dash. You can use Velcro to make this really simple.

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Now try it out! You can use the iPod Nano as a clock...

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Or to listen to the radio or your music library.

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Want to try it for yourself? Visit MAYA's tutorial for more details and check out this sweet edible robot to see more of their work.

Want to try something a little more modern? Try installing an iPad in your car instead. More of an Android user? Here's how you can use your phone to play music in your car.

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