I remember seeing Project Detroit talked about a few months back, but had forgot about it until it was mentioned again just recently in this overview. To highlight, Project Detroit was the mission to reconstruct a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback to be outfitted with the latest in Microsoft tech for the show Discovery World. (FYI, the show aired this past March, but check your local station for repeats.)
If you know anything about me based on some of the blogs I’ve written, you’ll know that I’m into both gadgets and cars. Project Detroit was the best of both worlds. This baby is definitely not stock. Here’s a quick rundown what’s inside.
Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Visual Studio 11 Beta, Visual Studio 2010, Expression Blend 4, Windows Azure SDK, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Phidgets APIs, .NET Micro Framework SDK, Netduino SDK, IIS, ASP.NET MVC 3, SQL Server Express, Kinect for Windows SDK, NuGet, nAudio, Coding4Fun Kinect Socket Service, Coding4Fun Toolkit for Windows Phone, Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone
A Ford 2012 Mustang, 2 Sony VAIO Z 2011 series laptops, 2 Samsung Series 7 slates and 1 Samsung Series 7 dock, Xbox 360, Netgear N600/WNDR3700 wireless router, Cradle Point MBR900, Verizon USB LTE card, Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone, 2 Kinects, OBD-II to USB cord, two 4″ linear actuators, a linear actual controller, Netduino Plus, Seeed Studio Relay Shield, 2 Casio Green Slim projectors (XJ-A250), SSID Rear projection film material, Sparkfun protoshield board, Digital Addressable RGB LED w/ PWM strips, Phidget 8/8/8 interface board, USB to Serial cord, 4 12V DC to 5V DC power supplies, optical reduction lenses for the HUD system, Microsoft Streets and Trips USB GPS dongle and external speaker system
So what about storage, right? Well what I love about this group is that they aren’t afraid of clouds — they’re using cloud services for their storage hookup. Here’s what they are doing:
Using the built-in wireless network, the Mustang is able to communicate with cloud services including Bing Maps, Viper’s Smart Start system as well as store real-time telemetry data such as speed, location, RPM and fuel level in Windows Azure.
How cool is that? Ladies and gentlemen, I have found my dream car. Now about that sticker price…