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.
newVideoPlayer("/knightridergps_giz.flv", 476, 286,""); I got a sneak peek at Mio's new Knight Rider GPS, and it's more fun and cheesy than I expected. As you can see in the video, William Daniels, the original voice of KITT, guides you as you cruise the streets, fighting crime. Flashing red LEDs are synced up to the speech, and the screen marks your location with a Pontiac Trans Am icon. My favourite part is that is has 300 names built-in when you're done pretending that you're Michael Knight and you want KITT to call you by your real moniker. It'll be US$270—a bit less than we thought—when it's out in August.
I already have a GPS unit but I'll be dammed if I'm not throwing it out because the guys at Mio have come up with a Knight Rider branded GPS unit with voice prompts by the one and only Mr Feeny KITT William Daniels. Apparently, you will recognise his familiar voice as soon as you fire it up and hear "Hello Michael, where do you want to go today?" As an added touch, the display is flanked by a series of red LEDs that mimic KITTs hood-mounted lights. Further details are scarce, but we do know the Mio Knight Rider GPS will retail for US$299 when it is finally released.
For those who enjoy unabashedly retro, the L69 Time Module LED Wrist Watch is of unparalleled beauty. Constructed from stainless steel, its bulky design will remind of you a bygone era before silver painted plastics dominated the electronic world. Featuring an alarm and stopwatch, it might not have the brains of your favorite '80s computer, but we've always treasured what's on the outside more anyway, and in this case it's metal and a bunch of hot red LEDs. Here's the alternate colour version:
We already pointed it out when we first looked at its interior, but now it's confirmed: KITT's iPhone-inspired dashboard also includes the slim Apple Wireless Keyboard. Why a keyboard when you have all that touchscreen and voice recognition goodness? We don't know. Probably to use Command + Alt + Esc to force quit LeatherPants.app in case KITT's Finder stalls.
newVideoPlayer("KITT3.flv", 463, 387,"");The new KITT's dashboard has been officially revealed, confirming the previously leaked image (in high resolution after the jump, along with a gratuitous—but necessary—photo of the new car and the Hoff at the Playboy Mansion) and Knight Rider's producer David Bartis' words about the interior design's similarities with the iPhone:
Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a modded PC who does exist although we all wish it didn't. Thomas Fan, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the LED abusers, the lounge music fans, the tasteless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law. He just added a scanner to his "Knight Rider Tribute" PC mod, which starts and shuts down using KITT voice samples. "In light of the new series coming out, I bet a lot of fans are preparing and going crazy," he told us. Whatever you say Thomas. As soon as you are not wearing leather pants, we will even watch your KITT PC in some video action.
Kitt and Michael Knight, the Sonny and Cher of the '80s, are to make a return. NBC is apparently in talks with Doug Liman, director of Mr and Mrs Smith and The Bourne Identity to bring Knight Rider back, but this time with a Transformers-style twist, with evil cars chasing our be-permed hero and his wheels. A two-hour pilot is already in the offing, with Liman in a producer's role.