The iPad mini just launched this morning, and people are already doing crazy things to it. We've already seen a drop test, and now some dude just installed one into the dashboard of his car. Automotive customization shop Soundwaves in Tampa, FL custom-built an iPad mini dash unit into a 2012 Toyota Corolla allowing the owner to easily pop the iPad mini in and out.
There's not a lot of details on the process of building the custom dashboard that houses the iPad mini, but the shop posted up a bunch of photos on their Facebook page that visually documents the team working on the center console. From the looks of it, the shop began working on the custom dashboard long before the iPad mini was released, so when the owner finally got his hands on one, his car was already ready for some iPad mini integration.
The custom dashboard unit works by simply sliding in the iPad mini, where it then connects to the car's speaker system either through Bluetooth or the device's headphone jack (we're not told of the specifics of this). The shop also put together a separate control panel that adjusts volume and other settings with the iPad mini.
Frankly, this is really impressive. We've seen iPads installed into car dashboards before, but this one specifically is really clean and you can easily take out the iPad mini and take it with you without any hassle. Plus, the smaller 7.9-inch display seems to be the perfect size for most dashboards.