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KITT Car Scanner

This custom mod gives your computer the personality of KITT, the computerized car from Knight Rider TV fame. It slides into a CD drive bay, and uses a single standard power connector.

The project is a light display which imitates the dot in KITT's hood. It looks like the scanning eye of the car's computer that is so smart it has a personality and acts autonomously. Some people have said the computer shows more emotion and personality than the main actor, David Hasselhoff.

KITT car of Knight Rider TV series Close-up of scanning light display project

The effect has variable speed to suit your taste, and a power switch to turn it off. After all, this much bright motion seen from the corner of your eye will grab your attention and rip your eyeball out of its socket. I'd hate to be responsible!

This custom mod is a unique, one-of-a-kind, instantly recognizable effect, and is not sold in stores. However, you might be able to find something similar on eBay or Amazon, such as this Astra Depot 22" 7-Color Knight Rider Scanner Lighting Strip.

KITT Car Scanner

Here's how to build the scanning eye light project:

Knight Rider Trivia

"KITT" is an acronym for Knight Industries Two Thousand. Maybe I should rename my project to "KITT5" just to stay current in 2005? In 2008, the updated movie refers to the successor unit Knight Industries Three Thousand.

The KITT car was a Pontiac Trans Am, modified by the same technicians that built the Batmobile. According to Episode 55, "Dead of Knight", KITT's reaction time is one nanosecond and his memory capacity is 1,000 megabits.

"Knight Rider" aired eighty-four episodes from 1982 to 1986.

David Hasselhof had a #1 rated song in Germany.

On MythBusters Adam and Jamie tested whether KITT could in fact drive up the ramp into the mobile garage or whether upon hitting the ramp he would instantly accelerate into the truck and through the wall. Jamie was able to drive an 80's sports car at 55mph up the ramp into a moving truck.

Of course, no Title Max title loan agent or safe driving expert would recommend trying such a stunt. Although professional drivers can handle driving up the ramp of a moving truck, most drivers should avoid risky stunts at all costs.

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