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RUB Chopper with smoker on the side

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2010

For those who want to grill on the go, the RUB Chopper is a one of a kind chopper with a working smoker on the side. This beauty is from who else? The folks over at Orange County Choppers.

It’s for chillin’ and grillin’. Ride a little, stop to turn the meat. Ride a little more and find some place to sit and eat. Now that’s a grill I can get behind. Or in this case, on. You just wanna be careful not to burn yourself accidentally while on the open road.

Ford adds free new features to Sync platform

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2010

I have mentioned how cool the Microsoft Sync system in my Ford car is. At first glance, it seems to just be a hands free system for mobile phones, but closer inspection reveals a very robust system that lets the driver do lots of things using their voice.

Ford has announced that it is adding new features the Sync platform for drivers of 2010 and 2011 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. The new features work with cars equipped with the Sync Traffic, Directions, & Information (TDI) app installed.

2020 Harley-Davidson concept is Batman approved

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

This concept design for a futuristic Harley-Davidson motorcycle looks a lot like Batman’s Batcycle from The Dark Knight. And that is an awesome thing. Might as well wear the entire costume and cruise around Gotham looking for crazies.

The design itself is low on details, but we don’t even care. Ten years from now I want to be riding this thing. That’s all there is to it. By then I might even be able to afford it in my Batcave.

Chevy Volt may be powered by Google soon

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2010

General Motors has found a technology partner to help extend the Chevy Volt’s futuristic OnStar functionality and Motor Trend says it’s Google. The company will reportedly “sell its Android operating system for in-car use.”

This is the first we’ve heard of Google selling Android, but GM doesn’t seem to mind. They’re ready to use the open-source OS anyway. This should help make GM cars more attractive to buyers and we can’t wait to see what kind of apps they come up with.

Reevu MSX1 helmet with built-in rear-view system

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Reevu has improved their MSX1 helmet and at least one of them has landed in a reviewer’s hands, or head. The helmet uses a mechanical mechanism instead of rear-view cameras. According to webBikeworld, it functions just like a car’s rear-view mirror, with the small mirror in front resting just outside the rider’s line of sight.

They also say that the helmet is “built like a tank,”. The rear-view system is just icing on the cake of an otherwise already superb helmet. Needless to say, this could save some lives.

Ford Sync gets voice control for Blackberry and Android apps

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2010

Ford has been putting Sync on many of its cars and trucks for years now. the system offers hands free phone calls and a myriad of other features. Ford has announced a new feature that will debut with the 2011 Fiesta.

The new feature gives drivers voice control using Sync over certain apps on Android and Blackberry smartphones. The voice control will work on Pandora for instance allowing the driver to change channels on the app with their voice.

Toshiba’s latest HDDs head for the dashboard

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2010

Toshiba has a new automotive HDD with 200GB of storage. I guess it’s time to start figuring out which music and movies you want in your next car’s dashboard. Anything to quiet the kids. Toshiba’s 4,200 RPM SATA MK2060GSC HDD has a small form factor, durability, and a great storage size that everyone will want in their dashboard.

Try not to get into an accident while watching your favorite racing movie. It might be better to focus the the music. Better yet, focus on the road.

Ratrod gets steampunk treatment

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

I took my kids down to a car show that they have at a local restaurant each moth last night. I had to explain the finer points of what a ratrod was to my kids. All they saw was a car with a flat paint job and visible damage.

A ratrod isn’t supposed to look perfect, the car is supposed to have character and look like it has been somewhere and used a lot. I ran across a sweet ratrod that has lots of steampunk elements and it is cool.

The Hoff lends his voice to NavTones

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

We have talked about NavTones before. This company takes the voices of celebrities, or those who were at one time celebrities and makes them into the novice of your GPS unit.

The latest fauxlebrity to lend a voice to NavTones is David Hasselhoff. This dude hasn’t been cool since Knight Rider. You can get The Hoff’s voice for $6.95 and it works on TomTom or Garmin GPS devices.

Michelin Smart Jumper Cables

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2010

Connecting jumper cables from one car to the other is pretty easy already, but Michelin is making it even easier. The Michelin Smart Jumper Cables are all blue. That’s because you no longer need them to be color coded even.

The circuitry inside knows exactly what is going on and can detect whether a successful complete circuit is achieved or not, and it will let you know via the LED. When a second battery is connected, it will determine the polarity automatically and switch to accomodate. No more worrying about shocks or sparks. Pretty neat.

Ace Antenna A DR-200 car black box

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2010

The Ace Antenna A DR-200 car black box will come in handy for a variety of situations, like spying on your kid who just got his/her driver’s license for instance. It will keep on eye on them and make sure that they aren’t texting or on the phone.

The device features a camera that can be mounted on the windshield, with one side facing the road and one side facing the vehicle’s interior. It will work in low light conditions and has an integrated GPS receiver and a microphone.

Motionlite’s remote controlled, retractable LED hubcap spotlights

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2010

Looking for a new way to pimp your ride? Motionlite is now offering retractable LED lights for your wheels. You mount them right behind your wheels and with a remote control, you can extend the six-inch arm and activate the LED throwing light directly onto your rims for a cool glowing effect.

Right now there are seven colors available. These will definitely get you noticed. The kit costs $500, but just think of all the chicks you’ll get while cruisin’ around.

Geek makes street legal BSG Viper car

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on April 6th, 2010

I was really into the original Battlestar Galactica back in the day when it was on TV. I had the toys and never missed an episode of the show. I was mad when it got cancelled. When Sci-Fi bought the show back to TV, I was excited and mad again when it was cancelled the second time.

A BSG loving mechanic at an amusement park has created his own street legal Viper from the original BSG series that he can drive around. I bet he gets all the geek boo-tay he can handle in this thing.

Hyundai Equus to ship with iPad instead of Owner’s Manual

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2010

Hyundai’s newest luxury sedan, the Equus, was just revealed at the New York Auto Show and one of the more interesting things about it is that it won’t come with a paper owner’s manual. Instead it will come with an iPad, allowing customers to make vehicle service appointments wirelessly.

Pretty nice marketing gimmick. Hopefully it will have some apps that will do a little more for the owner. At about $50 or $60K, it’s the least they can do. Heck, they should throw in a whole Apple package.

FedEx rolls out electric trucks

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2010

FedEx wants to go greener, so this week it rolled out its first all-electric FedEx delivery trucks in the United States. Starting in June, FedEx will be sending the first four electric vans out on the roads of Los Angeles, saving energy as they go.

We have no idea just how much these vehicles cost, but the truck’s 80kWh battery alone is “well above the cost of a large luxury sedan,” according to FedEx’s VP of Global Vehicles John Formisano. We hope that despite high costs, FedEx continues with this and gets more of these trucks on the road.