All passengers leave the taxi with a photo of themselves printed from a Polaroid ColorShot ($249, www.polariod.com) photo printer that sits precariously close to the gas pedal on the taxi floor. "I chose this printer because it's fast and is small enough to fit in the taxi," says Barnes. "I just need to make sure I don't step on it when I step on the gas!" Barnes keeps the cab loaded with a slew of high-tech gadgets including an old point and shoot Kodak DC210 digital camera and a Nikon Coolpix 950 ($899.95, www.nikonusa.com) that he use for wide-angle shots and for creating iPIX panoramas. He also keeps a Panasonic EZ-1DV camera up front to document his travels- footage that he claims he'll one day incorporate into his own television show broadcast live from the taxi. "I want to keep up with what's going on with multimedia maven was born. So, why is he doing all of this? "I didn't want to be just driving a cab- I wanted to leave an impression on my passengers. I want everyone that steps out of the taxi to have a smile on their face." He then pauses and adds, "It's all about immortality. People will remember the taxi, and all of my passengers will achieve immortality on the Web site." Of course, the pay is also really good- at $125 a ride, he pulls in around $12,000 a month during the peak season!
And what does he have planned for the future? We could hear the gears in Barnes's head spinning rapidly: "I want to make TV shows, books, internet TV, maybe even create a virtual taxi ride or virtual Aspen. I want to take this as far as I can go. Kodak and Yahmaha have already shown great support for what I've done. Now I'm hoping that some of the other companies will. I'll gladly let people know what equipment I use- it's (free) advertising for (the companies) and I don't mind displaying a logo for them on the taxi." He pauses briefly and then laughs, "Well, I'm not going to turn the taxi into an Indy race car or anything."
The Ultimate Taxi
A 1978 Yellow Checker cab, clocking in at 429,129 miles at press time.
The Media Show
A Kodak DC 260 digital camera, Kodak DC 210 digital camera, Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera, Panasonic EZ-1 DV Cam, Sony PCG-F270 VAIO notebook computer, Polaroid ColorShot photo printer, Hitachi M2 MPEG Cam (Web camera). Aironet 2MB/ second high-speed wireless LAN, Nokia 2160 cellular phone, CuteFTP (FTP client).
Powered by: Three deep-cycle batteries pumping in excess of 1800 amps housed in the trunk. Each is rigged with power isolation circuitry with separate feeds to audio, laser, and lighting equipment.
The Visual Showcase
Nine red lasers, one green laser projector, Wildfire black light effects, two mini-strobes, color changing fiber optic lighting, a mirror ball, four neon light sticks, a dry ice fog machine, 15 mini stage lights, two ColorCorp C-30 Super Brite LED color-changing stage lights, and a galaxy of glow in the dark planetary stickers.
The Aural Showcase
A 900-watt Alpine stereo sound system, two audio mixers (including a Tascam 4-track), one Yamaha PSR-620 MIDI keyboard, Yahmaha MIDI digital drum pad set, a San U-10 phrase sampler (real-time DJ and scratch effects processor), and an SFX Mini-Haze processor.
About The Car Jon Barnes
The Pictures 3D Fun
Jon's Photos Of Aspen Colorado Passengers Pictures From 2005
Taxi Video Clips