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Sony’s boom beverage speaker now available to Americans

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Japanese commuters have been able to get Sony Japan’s SRS-V500IP for awhile, but us yanks have had to do without. Not anymore. Audiocubes.com has brought it to the US. It’s an iPod friendly version of the RDP-NWV500 sound mug. It’s also available in black, orange, and pink, and has the same Circle Sound Stage speaker system for a full 360 degrees.

A 3.5mm audio jack is thrown in to connect to other devices as well. It’s priced at $240.

DIY mini dragster powered by six circular saws

Posted in Automotive,DIY by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

Give a geek some hardware, a bit of extra time, and a need for speed and they can come up with anything. A dude named Barry Lee has constructed his own mini dragster using six circular saws for power. The saws are 16-inch Makita units.

The dragster was created for a cool competition in the UK called the Power Tool Drag Racing Championships held in conjunction with the Royal Navy and Five’s Gadget Show. The dragsters will compete against other DIY types and power tool companies for the win.

Nation-E Angel Car is roadside assistance for EV drivers

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on September 13th, 2010

I have never run a car I was driving out of gas before. I have had to drive to pick up my wife a few times over the years when she forgot to get gas and ended up stranded. At least with a normal car you can just put a few gallons in the tank to get you to the station.

If you forget to plug in an electric car and you get stranded on the side of the road today, you are out of luck. A company called Nation-E has unveiled a new charging system in Europe that has a mobile charger in the back of a van called Angel Car. The idea is that if an EV owner runs out of juice the van drives to them to give a charge.

CarLashes for your headlights

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

Every car has a unique personality, but if you don’t like your car’s personality, or want to make it look sexy to other cars, why not try carLashes? They go just above your headlights to make it seem as if the car is making goo-goo eyes at you.

The Bug does look pretty cute, but this would look horrible on some cars. If you want, you can even get them with crystal eyeliner to make it look like a real tramp.

Toyota Avalon gets wireless charging station for iPod and iPhone

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

Do you love being wireless? Of course, we all do. That’s why you might want to consider the Toyota Avalon as your next major vehicle purchase. Forget MPG and all that. The only factor to consider is that it comes with a built-in wireless charging station for both the iPod and iPhone.

You can thank designer Barry Hutzel of Bazza Design and Fulton Innovation’s engineers. This automotive charging station will dock your smartphone and iPod at the same time so you can always be connected.

Top Gear USA coming after all

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 9th, 2010

I really like cars and have been a big fan of Top Gear for years. The only thing that bothers me about the UK version of Top Gear is that they often hate on American cars and are known to get the facts of some cars completely wrong.

Long ago, there was rumored to be a version of Top Gear in the works for the US market with Adam Corolla. That program was cancelled before it even aired.

Epson workers create giant paper and cardboard full size race car replica

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 4th, 2010

Not so long ago one of the chain restaurants had these kids meals that came with paper cars that you have to punch out and fold to build. The things weren’t that easy to put together so I can only imagine how hard building this 1:1 full-size replica of a race car was for the geeks at Epson.

The car is a replica of the Acura/Honda NSX Super GT race car and is built from cardboard and paper. There isn’t a piece of metal in the entire papercraft sculpture, even the frame is cardboard.

Ford researchers at work on wireless sensor system to prevent side collisions

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 3rd, 2010

Ford has teams of researchers and engineers that have the sole purpose of developing new safety systems for Ford vehicles. One of the new systems that researchers at Ford are working on is the Automatic Braking Intersection Collision Avoidance System.

The system uses a series of wireless radio sensors around the vehicle. When the sensors detect another vehicle and determine that a side impact is imminent, the brakes for both vehicles are automatically applied.

Chevy to build 50% more Volts in 2012

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 2nd, 2010

The Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle is finally set to come to market. The car will carry a $41,000 sticker price. A lease on the Volt will go for $350 per month and the first year will see limited production.

Production will increase the next model year and Chevrolet has announced that by 2012 it will have increased production by 50% to 45,000 units. More units built and sold will help reduce the cost and hopefully that steep price will come down significantly.

Porsche 918 Spyder to go into production

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2010

If you are into green, hybrids, and performance cars a new Porsche concept was unveiled a while back that combined all three called the 918 Spyder. That car looked awesome and packed in a very powerful hybrid power train.

The car was powered by a 500hp V8 engine along with a pair of 109hp electric motors fed by lithium ion batteries. Porsche claims that the car would be capable of 78mpg.

Proximity charger for EVs debuts from Evatran

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2010

I am sure that we have all forgot to put gas in our car at one time or another and gone out to go somewhere and realized we didn’t have enough gas. That is easy enough to fix in a gas powered car, you just go the station and fill up.

If you are driving an EV and realize you forgot to plug it in, you are out of luck. I know if I had a car that needed to be plugged in each night I would forget to do that eventually. A company called Evatran has announced a cool new proximity charger for EVs.

MyFord Touch and Sync hands on

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on July 26th, 2010

Last week I spent a couple days with Ford in Dearborn, Michigan checking out the new MyFord Touch and Sync system that will debut first in the 2011 Edge SUV. This very cool system allows the driver to customize the view on the instrument panel to suit whatever their focus is.

The MyFord Touch system on the 2011 Edge has a large analog tach in the center of the cluster with two smaller 4.2-inch LCD screen on each side. Using the dual D-pad controller located on each side of the steering wheel you can move through all manner of gauges and information related to the entertainment, navigation, and climate controls of the vehicle. The system also has a larger 8-inch touchscreen in the dash that shows navigation and other items.

Toilet cart is the coolest geek chariot ever

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on July 8th, 2010

Sometime I run across stuff that is so great it’s just amazing. Today is such a day. A guy named Dave has created the coolest go-cart ever. It’s perfect for cruising at the racetrack and would make the perfect golf cart for drunkards.

The cart is made out of what appears to be a normal enough go cart frame and motor. Rather than seats, the thing has a pair of toilets on it. The tanks for the toilets are replaced with red coolers.

Tron Lightcycles that actually run and drive on eBay

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2010

Before you start reading this, be sure there is no one around that might hear you have the massive nerdgasm that is about to hit. Five street legal and working Tron Lightcycles designed after the ones in the new flick are going to land on eBay for sale.

Yeah, you read that right, these things look just like the lightcycles from the new flick and you can actually ride them on the road. Green geeks can get the bike with an electric motor, those not worried about pollution can opt for a gas motor, and transmission. The bikes are being built by a team from Parker Brothers.

4,400 Chevrolet Volt owners to be eligible for home charging stations

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2010

One of the most interesting coming electric cars is the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt has an electric drive train and runs exclusively from electric power. However, the Volt does have a gas-powered generator for making electricity to extend the cars driving range.

Chevrolet has announced that 4,400 Volt buyers will be eligible for a free 240V charge station. The 240V charge station will allow the Volt to recharge faster than the 120V cable that the car comes with. The charge stations will be paid for from Recovery Act funds.