Archive for the ‘Auto Technology’ Category
  • Chevy Volt app coming to iPhone and BlackBerry
    by Mike
    Posted December 10th, 2009 at 3:06 pm
    My #1 passion is by far gadgets. Hands down. But one of my more minor hobbies involves following the automotive sphere. I love reading the various car magazines containing the up and coming latest and greatest in the mechanical world of cars. But because this is a gadget/technology blog, cars rarely make it on these pages. Every once in a while however something comes along that just so happens to appease the car side of my interest while pinging the gadget side long and hard. Regardless o...
  • Chevy Chase seen driving a ‘94 chevy pickup in Iowa with 3,000 Christmas lights held on by tape….[Christmas Truck]
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 9:12 pm
    'Tis the season to go all out, make a spectacle of yourself, and just have a good time. With the dropping temperatures, falling snow, and coming Christmas season, it's time to bust out the traditional Christmas epic: "Christmas Vacation". In my mind, there's simply nothing funnier. Hopefully most of you have seen Christmas Vacation and will instantly know what I'm talking about when I reference "the house". More specifically, his -- the one with 10 million christmas lights. The world today ...
  • $2 million gadget takes a salt water nap. [Actual crash video]
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 11:25 am
    Even though Gadgetsteria isn't a car blog, certain cars could be considered gadgets. The Bugatti Veyron is one such car. While initial price was around $1 million, demand extremely low quantities built has pushed that number upwards nearing $2 million in some areas. With that said, if you frequent the more mainstream news sites, you've probably seen or heard of the unlucky rich chap in Texas who decided to submarine his $2 million Bugatti Veyron into a salt water marsh. The driver was ...
  • Working Batmobile comes w/ fully functioning flamethrower!
    by Mike
    Posted October 26th, 2009 at 8:04 pm
    Driving a beautifully crafted Batmobile replica through traffic will surely turn heads, garner whistles, and all sorts of accolades. It's not everyday you see a piece of super hero history driving down the road. Based off of a '76 Lincoln Continental, this Batmobile built by "Gotham Cruisers" isn't just some freak project. The Continental at it's core is a fully titled and authentic piece of auto history with the Batmobile clothing affixed on top ensuring at least some level of street legal c...
  • Solar Traffic light looks slick. Trees, furry animals, and mother planet drop a smile.
    by Mike
    Posted October 21st, 2009 at 6:57 am
    Traffic lights are ancient tech. All it is -- a light on a traffic controlled sensor. Heck, cheaper counties and local governments such as my own aren't even that technologically savvy opting for the 'ol timer controlled method. And we all know how much those suck. We've all been there, sitting at a red light with no one in sight. All is not lost as one saving grace from Cheng-Tsung Feng, Yao-Chieh Lin and Bo-Jin Wang is truly impressive if not a rehashed subject. Solar powered stop lights...
  • Scuba Craft: coolest nautical mashup yet?
    by Mike
    Posted October 19th, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    I can see it now. You're chugging along the channel at a leisurely 50mph in your boat when all of a sudden you get the urge to go under the water for a closer look at all that hides beneath the blue waters (or whatever color the water is your vacation in). If you're on a normal boat, the obvious solution is to jump in. Conversely, if you're in a submarine and want to get closer to what your see out of your little peep hole window, you're out of luck. Separated by a wall of metal, glass, and ...
  • “California Cool Cars” regulations renders wireless devices effectively useless.
    by Mike
    Posted October 13th, 2009 at 5:57 am
    Rely on GPS because you love traveling but have the navigational wit of "one too many drinks" college student? Or, are you the mobile workhorse, conducting interviews, phone-in meetings, etc. while in your car? That and so many more tasks that rely on wireless signals are going to see a new resistance come 2016 by a rather ridiculous law set to go live in California. The new law will require all cars sold in the golden state come 2016 to have a special coating on all windows consisting of a u...
  • Geek Heaven on Wheels: 2010 Brabus Mercedes-Benz Viano
    by Mike
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 6:00 am
    Having an all out geek pad or gadget cave is one thing any gadget guru dreams of. But what's even cooler? How about a complete electronic cavern on wheels? That's precisely what the 2010 Brabus Mercedes-Benz Viano is -- the culmination of every single dream of any gadget lover out there. With included goodies such as: 32" LCD WiFi Onboard network that connects everything...everything to the TV PS3 Dolby Surround Sound External cameras viewable on the TV inside and....a Nespresso mac...
  • Nissan electric vehicles soon to feature soundtracks of KITT and friends
    by Mike
    Posted September 22nd, 2009 at 10:48 am
    One of the pleasant side effects of electric vehicles is that their motorless operation means a reduce in noise pollution. While one here or there won't add up to much of anything, the difference when considering an entire city full of silent electric vehicles becomes quite apparent. Gone would be the annoying sounds of idling cars. Imagine how odd it would be to be standing in the middle of Times Square and see hundreds of cars whizzing buy, except all you could hear would be faint tire nois...
  • From the department of “Why didn’t we think of that sooner”: LED Jumper Cables
    by Mike
    Posted September 21st, 2009 at 6:34 am
    Owning a car is one of this things in life that brings a sense of pride, a sense of responsibility, and a sense of freedom. One of the downsides however is the constant flow of money a car takes. One other problem that often strikes at the most inopportune times is a dead battery. Why does it always seem to happen at night when you're in a hurry and in the worst part of town? To make matters worse, its dark as dark can be under your hood and you're trying to clamp jumper cables on in a endle...
  • Volkswagen L1 concept makes Chevy Volt look like a Hummer in a corset.
    by Mike
    Posted September 18th, 2009 at 6:34 am
    Fuel efficiency. Miles per gallon. Fuel Range. Big things to consider when purchasing a car these days as gas prices are still higher than they should be coupled with the onslaught of story after story of dwindling crude oil supplies. The U.S. auto industry has failed for the most part to innovate in a "green" direction until very recently. Their fascination with big, gas guzzling vehicles has caused them to be in a desperate position of playing catch up with the rest of the world. *Help...
  • Airless Tires gaining traction?
    by Mike
    Posted September 11th, 2009 at 5:38 am
    While I'm not too much of a car guy, there is auto tech that does pique my interest from time to time. A perfect example of this interest piquing can be seen in this latest product Uncle Sam is testing: Airless Tires. While such contraptions aren't new as they have been built before (moon lander used airless tires), actual usable products here on planet earth for an actual car application aren't too common. However, this latest prototype the military is giving a beat down to will hopefully ...
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