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3. Automotive Video Entertainment > 3.1. Hacks 23–40: Introduction

Hacks 23–40: Introduction

The miniaturization of LCD-panel technology has made it possible to put a video screen almost anywhere. The first-class airline feature of personalized video entertainment has quickly become a cattle-class requirement. Now all savvy parents install multiple screens in their SUVs to keep the kids from fighting. It’s a video world, and the number of things you can feed to a screen is vast: movies, TV shows, surveillance feeds, navigation aids, rearview cameras, video games, and video conferences, to name a few.

Computers have become the “Swiss Army knife” of video manipulation. It makes sense to have a single machine solve all your video needs—storage, playback, and editing—especially in an environment where power and space are often limited. And a computer does far more than just imitate the video appliances it replaces—it usually goes beyond their capabilities. Instead of a DVD player, you can have a video jukebox. Instead of just viewing the images captured by a rear-view camera, you can have your computer record the license plate of the car tailgating you. Instead of just telling you where to go, a computer-based navigation system can tell you everywhere your car has ever gone. And i....


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