Author: Nikki Heeren

cars
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Cars that drive themselves

LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) is a new way of looking at the world.   With 64 spinning lasers, LIDAR images the world in a true 3D manner by measuring the distance from a stationary or moving position at a million points per second.   The image is recreated by the control software in a similar way as modern video gaming operates.

Wearables
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M-Dress: Wear nothing but your phone

Most clubbing attire is so snug you can’t fit a penny in your pocket, let alone a cell phone.  The M-Dress by CuteCircuit was designed as good news for tight clothing and for missed calls buried below half a bathroom cabinet.

cars
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Tata Motors drives two new EVs to Europe

Tata Motors is set to release its Indica and Ace electric cars by March 2011 in Europe. The electric Indica is a four door hatchback powered by lithium-ion batteries.  It has more size and power than the Reva Electric and can run for 175-200 km on a full charge.  Tata Motors will also be releasing its first electric mini-truck, the Ace EV with a range of 72 kilometers and a loading capacity of 750 kg (1650 lb).

Android
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34% of AT&T iPhone users are waiting to switch to Verizon

What’s going to happen when the iPhone becomes available through Verizon?  A new survey by market research firm Morpace provides a good prediction.  Morpace surveyed 1,000 consumers across all carriers and 29 percents said they were “somewhat/very likely” to purchase an iPhone with Verizon.

Technology
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One crazy flipping boat

It’s not a ride at Six Flags, it’s the FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), a research vessel built in 1962 that does exactly what its names implies.  After being towed to a target site in a horizontal, normal ship position, the FLIP rotates a full 90 degrees sending 300 of its 350 feet vertically under the water. 

News
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World’s first Electric Aircraft has great potential

A Boeing 747 flying from San Francisco to New York emits an estimated 5,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses, it also consumes over 12,000 gallons of fuel in that flight.  Although it will be a while before they can compete with the 747, new aircrafts are emerging with “zero-emission” flights.

Technology
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Emergency workers to get push-to-talk over 4G VoIP

BeOn combines push-to-talk phones and police two-way radios for instant global communication. The push-to-talk features are similar to Nextel’s Direct Connection, but uses VoIP technology instead. The VoIP connection utilizes 3G and 4G networks to deliver information using its VIDA IP platform, currently deployed by public safety users.

Mobiles
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Transactions 2.0: Using a mobile phone to pay your restaurant bill

Leaders from varios mobile payment companies met in a panel discussion at the 8th AlwaysOn & STVP Summit at Stanford to discuss the newest wave of payment since the credit card. The discussion, titled Transactions 2.0, was hosted by Randy V. Sabbet J.D., CISSP, Partner, Internet & Data Protection, Sonnenschein. The group covered topics regarding the safety and use of electronic signatures, using a cell phone to pay bills, online payments made by entering a cell phone number instead of a credit card, and a single-click check out process for credit cards using our mobile phones.

PANASONIC
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Panasonic Earphones draw attention for having a nice package

Amidst a symphony of competitors, the Panasonic RP-HJE 130 Earphones stand out not because of their design, or specifications, but because of the package design that was created by Scholz And Friends agency in Berlin, Germany – it shows the earphones shaped as eighth-notes with the in-line remote as the connecting bar.

IPOD
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Is that a giant iPod or a Blink EV gas pump?

Frog Design and ECOtality reveal the Blink, an electric vehicle charger for residential and commercial use set to change the way we fuel automobiles of the future. With its sleek aesthetic and user friendly touch screen, it looks more like a giant iPod than a car charger. This touch screen however is more than just a pretty face; it communicates via smart phone and the Web about information regarding energy consumption and most inexpensive times to charge your EV.

Apple
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Jackets are for sissies: Motorola takes a stab at Apple

Motorola’s full-page ad in the New York Times makes it clear that the Droid X doesn’t need any add-ons to work properly. The add states, “At Motorola, we believe a customer shouldn’t have to dress up their phone for it work properly. That’s why the Droid X comes with a dual antenna design