10 Cars that probably have 0 crash rating

August 13, 2008 at 2:32 pm (Random, Technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I found an article on Wired showing 10 new concepts for cars of the future. These cars are built to be light and speedy since they’ll need to run on alternative fuels and electricity because the “future will be a place where a gallon of gas costs more than a gallon of Scotch,”-Wired (Chuck Squatriglia) lol. Because of this though, you would probably die if you ever came head-to-head with another car. That’s ok they’re only concepts after all ;). Anyways here’s some of the coolest most dangerous looking ones.

The Airflow

The Airflow

It’s designed by Pierre Sabas. It’s made completely out of glass and has eletric motors that drive the wheels. I like it but I’m pretty sure it’d shatter into a million pieces if a tree branch or rock hit it.

Iomega

Iomega

Created by Joonas Vartola this car appears to be the limo of the future. You can see that the passengers ride in a separate section from the driver. It looks like it’s pretty cramped for the driver but very comfy in the back seat.

Enigma

Enigma

Paul Howse is the designer of the enigma. His design beats the luxury of the Iomega if you ask me. “…the passenger compartment uses magnetic levitation to isolate it from the rest of the car.”-Wired (Chuck Squatriglia.) That’s definitely the coolest backseat I’ve ever heard of. It also runs off of electricity that it gets through solar panels but would probably snap in 2 if it ever got T-boned.

Phoenix

Phoenix

Last but not least (well maybe) is the Phoenix designed by Sergio Loureiro Da Silva. He compares his design to a motorcycle with a sidecar. It’s supposed to have maximum efficiency by using a turbine in the front with a kinetic axis and electric motors in the back. To me it looks like 2 smaller cars joined up. I dunno how efficient that it can be with all the air rushing through the middle trying to pull it apart. Also the turbine being smack dab in the middle would just cause more drag to the car. I guess it is just a concept but it definitely needs more work.

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Keyboards full of Shiny Appeal.

August 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm (Random, Technology) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

This is definitely the coolest keyboard I’ve seen since the Optimus Maximus Keyboard (Don’t get me wrong the Optimus is pretty amazing). It’s called the Luxeed Dynamic Pixel LED Keyboard and it only costs $199.99 versus the $1,589.99 of the Optimus Maximus. If I had a need for a new keyboard and just happened to have $200 lying around I would definitely get it.

Each key on the Luxeed has it’s own customizable color with 430 LEDs total. You can also program 4 preset patterns that can be activated by the touch of a button. There’s a mode called “Spark” and this allows the keys to light up only when you press them down. I would love that but I don’t know if it would make my eyes bug out while I was typing fast lol.

There are 2 base colors for the keyboard itself, one being black and the other white. The black keyboard isn’t as bright because only the characters light up. The white keyboard has semi-transparent keys so they light up except where the characters are. I would definitely pick the white one :). The numpad isn’t included, nor does it light up. This is kind of depressing but you can buy it separately if you feel the need.

I don’t ever recommend spending $1600 on a keyboard but if that’s your thing go for it lol. Personally I like my Eclipse II LED Backlit Keyboard. All 3 of the keyboards that I mentioned are available at Thinkgeek so take a look at them.

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Winglets look like fun!

August 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm (Random, Technology) (, , , , , , , , )

On Friday Toyota announced their new transportation device.  It’s called the winglet (I definitely like that name over the Segway).  It’s like a lighter version of the Segway seeing how the smallest version weighs only 22 lbs. and can be easily folded up to fit into a bag.  It can only go 3.7 mph vs. the 12.5 mph of the Segway as well.  This is pretty slow so maybe they’ll try to enhance the speed later while still keeping it as compact as possible.  It seems easier to control from the video because the people get the hang of it right away.  There are 3 sizes available currently and it looks like they’ll have a few different colors available as well.  I like the fact that you don’t need the handle to keep it upright and keep moving too.  Here’s some specs available for the current 3 models.

A lot of people are saying it’s the “Segway killer” but until it can move a bit faster I don’t think the Segway will become unpopular at all.  It definitely might get Dean Kamen thinking about ways he can improve upon his design.  But that’s it for the time being.

Here’s a video of it in action. It looks more like the girl is using rollerblades by how she’s moving. I like the idea of that versus steering with your hands like the Segway.

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