Computers are my copilot: Six machines that might help you get there

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Want to get even more mundane than air travel? How about the humble car? Prius drivers (all right, they're not always the most humble bunch) have had an in-dash computer display to play with for years now. Watching the energy flow from one part of the engine to another can be hypnotic -- and watching your mileage jump up and down can help you drive in a more fuel efficient fashion.

One big gripe of Prius drivers: many of the touch-screen functions are disabled when the car is in motion. This is a safety feature, to prevent the driver from trying to fiddle with the computer and operate the car simultaneously -- but what are bored passengers supposed to do to entertain themselves, read a book?

For more on the Prius computer's capabilities, check ITworld.com's Prius-hacking video feature.

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