Ever since Apple dropped its latest MacBook Pro with a cool but mostly unnecessary Touch Bar, programmers have been jumping at the chance to make cool but mostly unnecessary apps to run on it. This new one does not break from that tradition but it does turn your MacBook Pro into Kitt from Knight Rider.
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With the news that car-a-holic director Justin Lin is spearheading a "digital reboot" of classic 1980s NBC action show Knight Rider, we got to thinking: Exactly how many versions of Knight Rider have hit the airwaves so far? The answer is "way more than you realised."
June brought us the wonderful news that LEGO Dimensions — the video game that gives you the perfect excuse to buy more LEGO sets — would be massively expanding with pop culture franchises spanning the past few decades. In the preview we got glimpses of The Goonies, the A-Team, even ET, but we're finally now getting our first look at Knight Rider.
It may look like one of the wilder fantasy toy cars you used to play with all those years ago, but Scythe is nothing like a toy when you look at its stats. Two steering wheels, twin-supercharged 1,005 horsepower engine, composite body handmade by Galpin Auto Sports, backwards rotating door design and a 3G-connected Shuttle PC inside. This handles realtime traffic and weather monitoring, and is voice activated for some KITT-like chatting car action. There's even a set of flush-mounted external security cameras. OK, so that does make it sound a lot like a toy, but it's a toy for fast-driving grown-up kids.
Just a few days after the new series premiere, RadioShack has announced that it scored exclusive rights to sell Mio's Knight Rider GPS in the US. I already have a GPS unit, but the geek in me wants to buy this thing just to hear William Daniels tell me where the nearest McDonald's is. The KITT GPS is available now for $US270.
Do you think the original KITT's dashboard was so overloaded with useless indicators and LEDs so dumbstastically stupid that it made The Hoff look like a Physics Nobel Prize in leather pants? Then you still haven't seen this. Can anybody please tell us what the hell is the number in the middle of that christmas tree dashboard means?
As if you needed proof that the new KITT was way lamer than the old KITT, the remarkable supercar of the future was jacked by a common thug during a Toronto event. It's been a week since the occurrence that's slowly leaked into mainstream consciousness and KITT is still being operated by a rogue agent. The occurrence is not believed to be a PR stunt (though the fact that all related videos were shot by first-time YouTube uploaders is pretty fishy). All we know is that if Hasselhoff were alive, he never would have let this happen.
The Knight Rider GPS that everyone was drooling over a few months ago is now available for pre-order on the Radio Shack website in the US and Sears in Canada for US$270 and US$290 respectively. The device is set to ship on September 24th.