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Animated gps batmobile icon

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{NOTICE} the custom vehicle icons that i make freely available on my website are not for resale. {/NOTICE}

owners of the garmin nuvi line of gps navigation devices can create their own personal vehicle icons to supplement or replace the vehicles that ship with the unit. i've had mine (a nuvi 350) for over a year and the moment that i learned that i could craft my own custom vehicle i knew i had to have my very own batmobile!

the process can be broken down to two basic steps: 1) creating the source images and 2) combining the images into a single file that can be converted into the file format the nuvi uses for the icon.

unlike other gps units which use a single static image of the rear of the vehicle, the nuvi uses an image array to generate an animated icon that can be viewed from 360 degrees. it really doesn't matter how you create the source images: you could draw them and scan them in or create them in a paint program. for this exercise i'm going to show you how i used photographs of a model car to make the icon. i've also used 3d models to create other icons.
 
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Foaly75 years ago
Dude, you could make any icon with this using other toy objects (dragons, horses, videogame characters, animals other than horses, etc.)
Naxess5 years ago
Thanks! Finally got rid of that massive blue arrow that blocked out street names :D
True :D
freerunnin15 years ago
gr8 instructable, by the way... does ani 1 know how to play music or videos on a garmin nuvi 2oow? plz message me if u have the answer.
FireBAT6 years ago
Excellent Instructable! My stupid tablet computer with Streets&Trips 2007 finally stopped working, so I bought a Garmin Nuvi 200. yesterday. The first thing I installed on it was the Batmobile! Thanks for allowing others to have it, and keep up the great work!
coldheart6 years ago
i want to make the hellraiser box for mine ;0
Nice to take the time.. If you work for an ad agency though then hats off to your lateral thinking!
aarrgghh (author) 6 years ago
i see my generosity is not to go unpunished:

Garmin Nuvi Batmobile Icon

i've just sent in an infringement notice to ebay.
Wow. Some people really suck, eh?
What would be awesome is if you could do a 3-D of a Light Cycle from Tron. That would be pretty Kick-A. (If you don't know what a light cycle is, search it on wikipedia)
my first thought was "superman!" :p
fwjs286 years ago
what if u did this with pics of urself...it would be cool to make it looked like ur walking while u move....hmmmmmm...makesd me wonder.......
leebryuk6 years ago
That was pretty cool. I always wondered how someone might go about doing that. Well explained and illustrated. I could see a small market opening up for selling customized vehicle characters to owners.
aarrgghh (author) 6 years ago
for those who want to make their own, as far as vehicle choices go, from my experience, the best choices seem to be vehicles that are somewhat boxy. vehicles that are long and low or that are tall and narrow will look tiny relative to a more cube-shaped vehicle that can more efficiently fill the small 80x80 space alloted to it.
chunkyblamm6 years ago
this is awesome! im doing this for my nuvi 660, theres just one small question of what ill make mine. possibilities seem endless. hmmmm
aarrgghh (author)  chunkyblamm6 years ago
i'd say you've already got a great icon going on there!
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Cool! I wish i had a gps....... Great job!
caitlinsdad6 years ago
That is great! You should have made the batcopter, batmobile or not, it looks like you are blocking the grid and traffic ain't going nowhere. You'll have to get the commissioner to fix your ticket.:)
Labot20016 years ago
Awesome job!

Now all I need is a DeLorean...
Ward_Nox6 years ago
My dad has a garmin i wonder what icon i should make for him