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end product Hacking your car stereo

Unless you have a new car, you most likely don’t have an iPod input. You can usually just use a cassette adapter, but you can also open it up and just start messing around. If you want to crack it open, take a look at this web site first. It may save you some time and trouble.

Today I scored another point against that devious being, electricity, and without using a single bead of solder or hot-glue. Using only a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, a length of wire and an old headphone jack, I was able to rig my outdated car cassette tape player to play audio from an iPod or other mp3 player instead. Once again, I’ll provide detailed (albeit kind of poor-quality) pictures of the process and the idea behind it.

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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.

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