In-Car Computers

Xenarc's in-dash Carputer.The age of the in-car computer has come. One vendor calls them “carputers,” and Gizmodo lays it out for those who want an Intel-based CPU in their trunk/under the seat/in the dash.

What to do with a computer in the car? Now that computers have moved out of the den to become part of the home entertainment center, users are anxious to use that library of downloaded music in their cars too. Beyond that, users can add GPS navigation to a computer for under $100, but a car-specific gadget will run over $1,500 (and won’t play MP3s). Other uses, like checking email and watching movies, are a little sketchier (at least while moving), but so are cell phones.