3D printing, a phone charger and making KITT from Knight Rider

27 Jul 2015

Knight Rider is a TV show that never really should have taken off, but here we are decades later and fans are 3D printing KITT replicas – and you can even pretend you’re David Hasslehoff driving around with a novel phone charger.

The USB charger – available for US$30 on ThinkGeek – has two ports, powering out 1.0Amp and providing a light sequence like the talking car of old.

It’s an officially licensed product, actually, and lodges right into your cigarette lighter (unless you drive a tractor, it warns).

Back in the day, the lighting signified when KITT was talking and, in this instance, it talks once more, chiming out 11 phrases from the TV show.

KITT USB charger - Knight Rider Car

Phrases like ‘I’m very pleased to meet you’, ‘I fail to see the logic of that statement’ and ‘If it weren’t for me you’d be walking’ pour out of the charger just long enough for the novelty to wear off.

Thankfully, there’s a mute button.

The Knight Rider charger is hardly the first of its kind. For example, only last month we highlighted plenty of other cool chargers knocking around, with this flux capacitor clearly the winner.

Flux Capacitor USB Charger - Knight Rider car

Of course, some people can’t get enough Knight Rider. Some people, for example, want their own KITT to perform more than what a USB charger permits.

Luckily 3D printing is in existence, and ingenuity is not going short.

A trio of enthusiasts has already achieved the improbable, it seems, with all of KITT’s standard moving parts recreated in ridiculous detail.

Working on both the exterior and interior, they have created it to a very, very high standard, as seen in 3D Modular’s video.

According to 3DPrint.com, the men converted a 1987 Pontiac Firebird over an eight-year period.

The 3D-printing aspect of the job was for most of the moveable parts, like the tail extending or the front lights moving around.

“At first the parts were made using glass fibre,” the trio said. “However since less than a year now, most of the parts are made using 3D printers.”

Main image via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic