Simply Brilliant: iPod dock in car cassette deck

Not often do we come across a piece of gear that makes us wish we'd thought of it. But when we saw this in-dash iPod dock (more of a slot, really) adapted from a car cassette deck, we dusted off the award statuette. With a Kenwood head unit, you can select the iPod as a source so song information and playlists are visible on the stereo's LCD readout — good to have, since your iPod's clickwheel and screen will be a little obstructed. And that Apple button is a nice touch.

Tragically, the highly evolved dock is a one-shot mod of a dashboard cassette player done by CarDomain.com user JPPadula, and it's doubtful he's taking orders. We hope that some smart manufacturers are paying attention, but in the meantime, Alpine's iDA-X001 can stand in as the next best thing.

Jalopnik, via Coolest Gadgets