INTERFACES: A dedicated Finn named Juha Terho has recreated KITT's dashboard from Knight Rider.
He did an awesome job! However, I'm afriad that if I had a car with this interface, I would kill a few dozen people in the average week. We may be in the 80s' future, but thank god we have better interfaces to our cars.
On a side note to my new favorite Finn...
© 2002, 2004 Juha Terho – Redistribution prohibited without express prior consent from the author
Can you recreate someone else's artwork that is protected by copyright and then claim copyright yourself? I'm afriad not. If I redraw a picture of Mickey Mouse, I would get sued if I tried to claim ownership of that image. (In other words, I couldn't sell my drawing of Mickey to a company that will use it sell porn to kids.) But good try nonetheless.
UPDATE: While we're on talking cars, I ran across this article on talking cars in the BBC. Short and interesting read.
Roberto Sicconi, IBM: "There are speech recognition systems deployed in cars today. They have a certain amount of limitations. Most of them require the user to learn and use a set of commands, and not say anything else. This is one of the complaints we are getting from our early customers. They would like to be able to say things freely without having to look into a manual first. So we are developing a system that allows for free entry for commands and requests, requests for help or services that are available in the car. The system has the ability to respond freely back to the users, so that we establish a real two-way communication with the driver."
UPDATE: Juha Terho wrote me to clarify that his copyright is legit and can be held up in court. Since he's a law student (and a very polite individual), I can't help but agree with him. :-) This is good news because too often copyright law is used to stifle creative works built from other material covered by copyright (for example, music made using samples from other songs). So I'm glad to hear that Juha has creative control over his artwork. I've also updated the link to his artwork to this permanent link.