Ipod GPS


[Benjamin] was working for a GPS company called Nemerix about two years ago and decided to hack together this iPod accessory GPS unit.  He is using an Atmel ATmega324 and a Nemerix GPS unit, though he says the GPS unit shouldn’t matter. He is taking advantage of the AiR mode on the iPod which allows a 4 color image to be sent to the screen. There was little information on how to utilize this, but BMW and Alpine had made some car audio that featured this. [Benjamin] picked up an Alpine with this function and sniffed the data stream to get what he needed. He says there is good documentation out there now though.

He says that the source code is available if you ask.


  1. grovenstien says:

    Cool hack!

    Anyone have any good links to GPS sites especially the european system? I have a thesis to hand in!


  2. numa says:

    Very nice. Those little GPS recievers are getting so small and efficient that you can just about put them anywhere.

    Once I hack a roomba to cut my grass, I’ll use them to keep it in my yard. =)

  3. fartface says:

    Um, AIR mode has been around for years. My JVC, Crestron, Speakercraft and ELO docks all use it.

  4. sanchoooo says:

    Nice Hack. now to “borrow” my sons gen 3 nano.. Muahaha

  5. There is a nice question: What is a good (and cheap, hackable, do-it-yourself) way of registering and analysing a data pulse train? I still haven’t found anything which is not commercial. Any tips?

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    now you can know _exactly_ where it isn’t appropriate to use an ipod.

    dodally dawsome

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