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iPad Steering Wheel Mount

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the dr.-lampe's-christmas-gift dept.

Transportation 230

kevin7kal writes "The Apple iPad is the ideal automotive communications and entertainment device. It is sized perfectly to mount using the iPad Steering Wheel Mount without obscuring the driver's view. 'I don't think that I am exaggerating when I say that the iPad Steering Wheel Mount probably has saved my life...'"

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Well... (5, Funny)

dancingmilk (1005461) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292094)

What could possibly go wrong?

Re:Well... (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292102)

Think of the Children!

Re:Well... (1)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292208)

Yeah, he says "it is a great enhancement to safety", as you don't have to text while driving on your iPhone.

My sarcasm radar is all over the place on this one. Is he joking or or real?

Nobody should be texting while driving. He's an idiot.

Re:Well... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292310)

As there's no multi-tasking on the iPhone you couldn't text whilst driving on it.

Re:Well... (2, Interesting)

conureman (748753) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293180)

IMHO texting while driving is active stupidity. I'd much rather see another driver pulling a on flask or a doobie than reading or texting. I did enjoy the way that one lady changing her sweater on the freeway was filling up her lingerie, and she was keeping her eye on the road more than I was.

Re:Well... (5, Funny)

siloko (1133863) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292312)

I guess this is just a joke. Nobody would ruin a perfectly good iPad by attaching a car to it.

Re:Well... (4, Funny)

mspohr (589790) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292492)

... and nobody would ruin a perfectly good car by attaching an iPad to it.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292508)

Surely you mean nobody would ruin a perfectly good car by attaching an iPad to it.

The children (1)

nbauman (624611) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292438)

Their other product is candy-coated lead paint chips.

Re:Well... (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292280)

Nothing. I used to my Physics book and other texts while driving to college. It was a great way to prepare for an exam, rather than waste time.

That was in the primitive 90s, but now students can use the iPad instead! Perfectly safe.

Re:Well... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292376)

Perfectly safe.

For extremely incorrect definitions of perfect...

Re:Well... (2, Funny)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292962)

Would those be perfectly incorrect definitions of perfect? :D

Re:Well... (1)

English French Man (1220122) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293096)

Well... He is a physicist.

Doesn't Need For Speed have an iPad version? (4, Funny)

AltairDusk (1757788) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292330)

Now with more realism! You can FEEL the collisions as if you were actually in them... oh wait.

Re:Well... (1)

motorhead (82353) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292462)

I remember the steering wheel mounted keyboard. How about the console mounted Grill Master? Or the dashboard pasta cooker?

We truly live on the planet of the talking monkeys.

Re:Well... (1)

bondsbw (888959) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292464)

He's not using a 3G iPad... so at least he'll end up in a ditch 100 feet from his house, instead of endangering the highway.

Re:Well... (1)

Zarf (5735) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292598)

Not as cool as http://tinyurl.com/2fh8uck [tinyurl.com]

It's illegal, for one ... (5, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292692)

You're not allowed to install any device that interferes with the deployment of the air bag.

Also not allowed to have a video screen less than a certain distance from the driver.

Also not allowed to display movies, etc., on any screen visible to the driver.

We have sane laws up here. Of course, the video I want to see is of his face as the airbag launches the iPad into it at 200 mph.

So after the lawsuits ("Apple is responsible - there was no warning not to attach it to the steering wheel") you'll have t prove you're more intelligent than a pet rock to buy one - and that should kill 90% of the iPad market.

Re:It's illegal, for one ... (1)

waitwonder (1014869) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293172)

I got a fix for air bag deployment, attach the iPad behind the steering wheel.....
wait.... its blocking my screen....
ok another fix....and work with iPhone resolution....
wait...... why did I buy an iPad?

Re:It's illegal, for one ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32293298)

I believe this is for when the car is turned off. If you're sitting in your car waiting for someone you can pop this thing on and do whatever while you wait.

This is very similar to the steering wheel laptop table of Amazon fame. Check the reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Office-WM-01-Laptop-Steering/dp/B000IZGIA8

"I loved my Laptop Steering Wheel Desk so much I got one for my 90yr old mother. She is an avid crossword puzzle fan and now she can work on them while she is driving back and forth from bingo at the senior center. One cautionary note be careful of those jerks that stop at yellow lights, my poor mother rear ended one and the airbag drove the desk back into her stomach which ruptured her spleen, well after a short down time I'm glad to say she is back on the road and cranking out those NY Times crosswords once again. Thanks Laptop Steering Wheel Desk you have made my mothers life more complete. "

Re:It's illegal, for one ... (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293312)

You're not allowed to install any device that interferes with the deployment of the air bag.

Also not allowed to have a video screen less than a certain distance from the driver.

Also not allowed to display movies, etc., on any screen visible to the driver.

We have sane laws up here. Of course, the video I want to see is of his face as the airbag launches the iPad into it at 200 mph.

So after the lawsuits ("Apple is responsible - there was no warning not to attach it to the steering wheel") you'll have t prove you're more intelligent than a pet rock to buy one - and that should kill 90% of the iPad market.

All very good points, and more than likely those same laws apply to most states/countries. This is also why you actually should do more research before filing a patent, which apparently this guy did, which I'm pretty certain is not a trivial or cheap task.

I love the part where he says you are "absolutely not distracted in any way" with a fucking device that allows you to READ while driving a car.

Yeah, it's safer than traditional texting, but since texting rivals drunk drivers these days, how much safer is it really?

Re:Well... (1)

cfulton (543949) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293296)

Nothing could go wrong. Once he is a pile of smoking ruin - Darwin will once again have been proved right!

Hey! Slashdot! (5, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292104)

I checked "Disable Advertising", why doesn't it carry over to the articles?

Re:Hey! Slashdot! (0, Offtopic)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292136)

I checked "Disable Advertising", why doesn't it carry over to the articles?

Because Idle CSS is shit. Remove the "idle." from the URL and it comes up with the normal CSS.

Also, you should keep ads enabled. Unless if they are particularly annoying, keeping ads enabled will support Slashdot and keep them alive.

Re:Hey! Slashdot! (2, Insightful)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292202)

I think what he was trying to snarkily say was that the article itself was read too obviously much like an advertisement.

Re:Hey! Slashdot! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292226)

Heh. I keep the ads enabled usually. I just disabled them for a moment to make this posting possible to complain in a way that I deem funny that this is nothing but blatant, pointless advertising.

Re:Hey! Slashdot! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292258)

In general, when it comes to ads, my policy is simply that I do keep them enabled unless they give me a good reason to disable them (or use a blocker). Pages make money with those ads, and that way they can provide me my enjoyment for free. Not viewing those ads means that they make less money and either have to charge me or fold. Not good.

For a page to make it to my ad-block list, it would have to open up more windows than I have open already. Which is a pretty high threshold.

My hope is that I (and hopefully many others) can somehow "educate" or, if not, "weed out" the obnoxious pages in a darwinesque manner. I.e. survival of the least obnoxious.

Sigh... apple (2, Insightful)

jack2000 (1178961) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292118)

This is dangerous and illegal!

Re:Sigh... apple (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292146)

This is dangerous and illegal!

And so very fucking stupid!

Does anyone think this wouldn't end up as lots of accidents?

Re:Sigh... apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292206)

yeah.. it blocks the view of the speedometer and the fuel gauge. Ya know things you should be paying attention to.

Re:Sigh... apple (1)

M8e (1008767) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292564)

You don't really need to look at the speedometer if you have a car with a manual transmission. Listen to the engine and keep track of what gear you are using.

No need for a fuel gauge either. You should know how much gas you have put into the tank, how much you car uses and how long you have traveled.

Re:Sigh... apple (5, Funny)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292806)

You don't really need to look at the speedometer if you have a car with a manual transmission. Listen to the engine and keep track of what gear you are using.

No need for a fuel gauge either. You should know how much gas you have put into the tank, how much you car uses and how long you have traveled.

I hate these kinds of posts. I can never tell if they're serious or insane.

Re:Sigh... apple (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292680)

so what... thats what GPS is for.

I bet there's an app for that!

Re:Sigh... apple (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292370)

Ah! But like the guy says right at the end of the video: "This iPad steering wheel mount is much safer than other forms of in-car driver distraction."

Re:Sigh... apple (2, Funny)

heson (915298) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292448)

Yeah, much like chicken race is safer in a modern car than on a motorcycle or russian roulette is safer with one bullet than with five.

Re:Sigh... apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292518)

"This iPad steering wheel mount is much safer than other forms of in-car driver distraction."

It's much safer and less distracting than getting a bj while driving.

Re:Sigh... apple (1)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292818)

And much more "Revolutionary" and "Magical' than a bj.

Re:Sigh... apple (4, Funny)

gront (594175) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292412)

Just wait until the airbag deploys. That will be a real treat.

Re:Sigh... apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292480)

Blam airbag goes off iPAD embedded in head. Winner of the Darwin Award.

Re:Sigh... apple (1)

Flowstone (1638793) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292628)

Ah yes, i can see it now. "The last thing that went through his mind at the accident... was his iPad" Nothing like a rapid deploying face smashing device!

Re:Sigh... apple (5, Funny)

kilfarsnar (561956) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292636)

Instant zoom feature!

Proof that just simply even being exposed... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292428)

...to anything Apple makes will turn your brain into mush.

Much the same as psychotropic drug use.

Re:Sigh... apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292474)

On the plus side, there will be less Apple fans in the world as a result of this device. On the down side, they'll be taking random people with them.

Mario kart (5, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292120)

Cool! now I can play mario kart while I drive to work.

Re:Mario kart (1)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293098)

Yo dawg, I put poison on this knife so you can die while you die.

In the event of an accident... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292132)

In the event of an accident, the airbag will crush the iPad into your face.

Apple: Maker of shiney... (3, Funny)

Shirogitsune (1810950) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292140)

...air bag deployed projectiles of death and dismemberment.

Re:Apple: Maker of shiney... (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292336)

Think of it as natural selection in action.

-- Larry Niven

Tastes like iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292142)

That iPad will taste delicious when it's smashed into your face at 30,000 ft/s by your iPad.

Re:Tastes like iPad (2, Insightful)

ttyRazor (20815) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292156)

er, air bag

Re:Tastes like iPad (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292288)

er, air bag

What did you call my wife?

Obvious troll... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292160)

...is obvious.

You've all been trolled by an old man ;)

Insert Here (1)

Codename Dutchess (1782238) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292166)

*Some troll-like comment about how Apple users deserve to die by being propelled face-first into one of these.*

Satire, yes, funny not so much. (5, Informative)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292182)

Although I did (finally) laugh when I read their cited patent [freepatentsonline.com] .

Re:Satire, yes, funny not so much. (1)

microcars (708223) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292286)

*snort* that took me a moment to figure it out. where are my mod points?

Re:Satire, yes, funny not so much. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292426)

I was more impressed by their location [steering-wheel-ipad.com] in a "Michigan renaissance zone." Fortunately they are out of product, otherwise they may have to take some time to figure out what to do with all those credit card numbers in their inbox.

Re:Satire, yes, funny not so much. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292882)

I thought the "Wise Words" on the about page gave it away:

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped"

- Elbert Hubbard

Potentially illegal and dangerous (1)

xetovss (17621) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292186)

Hmm potentially illegal in most jurisdictions falling under the same category as TV's that are viewable from the drivers seat while in motion. Plus it blocks part of the steering wheel which means you have to use an altered hand placement on the steering wheel(as opposed to 10 and 2 or 9 and 3). Also addressing the saving your life issue, is what happens if he does get into an accident which causes air bag deployment? I see either the iPad flying right into your face or if the mount is rigid enough blocking the airbag from deploying and sending your face potentially into the steering wheel and iPad. Plus the first rule of driving, when driving that should be your only task, not talking on a phone, text messaging, or even playing with the radio or heat controls. Save those for a stop light or pull over, or if you really need to use an iPad or cell phone while driving, hire a driver so you can do everything you "need" to do without endangering yours or more importantly others lives while out on the road.

another brilliant product (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292204)

Brought to you by Spishak!

install the HUD app (1)

Darth Sdlavrot (1614139) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292210)

because you can't see the fscking speedo otherwise.

Cuz there's an app for everything.

Re:install the HUD app (1)

bickerdyke (670000) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292844)

I never had the slightest desire to know what you're looking at while driving!!

http://www.google.com/images?q=speedo [google.com]

But I guess if you're into seeing speedos, you probably want to get an android device. We know what those are for.

Obvious question follows... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292270)

....is this guy retarded?

Seriously... (1)

rok3 (1133003) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292274)

"It's almost like a Heads-Up Display on the vehicle!"

Until the airbag goes off and it becomes a Through-Head Display...

OH PLEASE LET THIS BE A JOKE!!! (1)

jkinney3 (535278) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292282)

Besides it's useless when turning the wheel. They need a universal joint with automatic leveling so the ipad stay readable while cornering at high speeds. Yikes! Where did that baby carriage come from?

Airbag (4, Funny)

CmdrPorno (115048) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292302)

Just think, when you crash and your airbag deploys, you could have the world's first iPad implant!

Distraction (3, Informative)

necro81 (917438) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292306)

As he says at the end - it's much safer than other forms of driver distraction. Which is to say: it's a much safer way to kill yourself and others.

Joking aside, and driver distraction aside, this thing is illegal as all getout. I'm pretty sure that obscuring the dash (and things like, ya know, the speedometer) isn't permitted. Making the steering wheel harder to grip (and at the ol' 10 and 2 positions, no less) makes the vehicle harder to control. Putting a relatively heavy, knife-edged*, solid object right in front of the airbag is pretty brilliant, too. Ordinarily I'd just shrug my shoulders and say "ah well, natural selection at work," except there's a pretty good chance you'll take a few people out with you. I'm hoping that he means this as a joke.

* In an accident at highway speeds, the thin edge of the iPad is as good as a knife.

I approve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292320)

Natural selection at work.

Another cool idea (2, Interesting)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292338)

If you can get the IPad to run in vertically flipped landscape mode, you can put it on top of the dashboard above the steering wheel and have it reflected in your front window. That way, you have a head-up display just like jet fighter pilots!

BOOM! Headshot App (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292342)

I'm going to make a mint off of my app that detects when the airbag deploys. Fun for the whole family.

I don't know if the iPad mount is a joke or not. If it is not, the maker doesn't really understand the problem of distracted driving. The location of the iPad is largely moot. It is the fact that you have to focus all (or most) of your attention pressing buttons on the input device, all while piloting a 4,000 lb machine at a high rate of speed.

How hard is it to see... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292360)

...that you've all been trolled?

Stanley Milgram? (2, Interesting)

Molt (116343) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292366)

I thought I recognised the name of the chap who described this as the "must have iPad accessory".

Stnley Milgram [wikipedia.org] was the psychologist who ran the famous experiments [wikipedia.org] where obedience to authority was investigated by instructing participants to deliver electrical shocks to another person.

Nice reference!

Re:Stanley Milgram? (1)

SemperUbi (673908) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292734)

Loved it! Well done.

The perfect complement to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292440)

http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Office-WM-01-Laptop-Steering/dp/B000IZGIA8/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header

Airbags (1)

inkhorn (650877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292444)

So what happens to your iPad if the airbag in the steering wheel deploys ?

I imagine after it's fired into your face, you'd probably be entitled to a well deserved Darwin Award?

Re:Airbags (1)

Caraig (186934) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292576)

Well, remember that /. article recently about the rat implants that generate power from glucose...?

Yeah. The good news is, you won't have to take your iPad in to replace it because the batteries are out....

THis is the stupidest idea ever.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292468)

Where did safety goooooooooo? OMG this is ridiculous

Related mount idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292502)

This gives me an idea for a Human rear bumper mount, exclusively for this guy.

Similar to the laptop steering wheel mount... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292516)

Just check out the great reviews here!: http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Office-WM-01-Laptop-Steering/dp/B000IZGIA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1274449648&sr=8-1

Why didn't he use a GPS app? (1)

klashn (1323433) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292550)

What gets me is that he's trying to plug reading USA today newspaper content. I can see this being much more useful for GPS, and by the way, I wedge my Garmin Edge 705 in the steering wheel gap and it does just as well! I'm sure you could do this similar with an iPhone.

Someone beat The Onion to the punch (1)

newdsfornerds (899401) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292600)

LULs

Great idea!!! (1)

therufus (677843) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292602)

Especially when you hit the car in front of you, the airbag deploys and the last thing that goes through your head before you die is an iPad with bloodstained bejewelled on it.

"Safer" (1)

Matt.Battey (1741550) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292610)

"Than other forms of in car driver distraction."

Best way to end a commentary video ever.

A Padded steering wheel (1)

valadaar (1667093) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292622)

Whats wrong with a little extra padding? :) Actually, I'm pretty sure I saw a taxi-driver doing pretty much the same thing, without a nice custom mount. So I guess there is a market for this.

Here's why you get one. (3, Interesting)

PHoRD42 (306664) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292644)

You visit the Bonneville Salt Flats, install a racing game, keep the car in low gear so you don't actually roll it, and then boom! Your iPad racing game now has force feedback.

Interesting coincidence... (1)

Toxxy (231886) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292648)

"Probably saved my life"? And nearly ended mine!

Laptop Steering Wheel Desk is more innovative (1)

MrEkted (764569) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292664)

Why does Apple get all the press when the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk [amazon.com] has been around for ages?
(check the user-posted photos)

Chuck Severance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292712)

Holy crap, I think this is Chuck Severance, the guy that used to run Sakai and wrote an O'Reilly book about using Google App Engine.

This is moronic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292894)

This must be a joke, because as mentioned above.. The Airbag would throw the ipad right in your face! and not only that but you can no longer see your speedometer. Plus watching porn while driving is so very wrong. At least you wont be getting those annoying Flash adverts in your face.

Lame ripoff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292900)

This is funnier (and more original) at Amazon - find the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk and view the comments and user photos.

much safer than other forms of in car distraction! (1)

GodotJr (613809) | more than 4 years ago | (#32292926)

My favorite quote. He doesn't seem to have heard his own words.

Maybe watching the road is a better idea ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32292930)

Maybe watching the road is a better idea ??

This is the worst idea I ever seen. This is dangerous for the others users of the road.

Once we will have some fully automated cars maybe.

Duct Tape (1)

Daffy_Duc (159129) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293004)

If anyone cared to look at the Patent referenced on the website. You'll notice that its a patent for Duct Tape.

Re:Duct Tape (1)

tigre (178245) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293112)

Yeah, definitely the best part of the whole site.

Who needs to know how fast you're driving anyway.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32293030)

:-)

Epic Fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32293132)

Do kids these days still say this?

Suckers. (1)

jamietre (1051578) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293176)

This is clearly a joke, albeit a pretty dry one. You can't buy one, and the "stories" are actually quite hilarious.

not interested (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32293210)

if it's anything like This [amazon.com] I'm not interested.

In a crash... (1)

rnturn (11092) | more than 4 years ago | (#32293270)

... just how convenient is the driver/user going to find this steering wheel mount when the airbag propels the iPad into their face at 800 MPH?

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