“California Cool Cars” regulations renders wireless devices effectively useless.

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 unique metal-oxide blend. The blend will reportedly block up to 60% of the suns rays (read: heat) from entering the car. A novel idea for sure, though do we really need this type of regulation. In their current economy, hell, the entire country’s, window glazes are a pretty low priority I would assume. Those metal oxides will work wonders not only on the sun’s rays, but also any wireless signal trying to enter your car. Those 5 bars of cell reception you get now will become as low as one or even none. A perfect example of a somewhat decent idea on paper making real life a pain. Of course, all types of “signal boosters” and “extenders” will crop up I’m sure. Here’s to hoping this glazing junk doesn’t spread to other states.

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Geek Heaven on Wheels: 2010 Brabus Mercedes-Benz Viano

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 machine

Quite the culmination of tech isn’ it? The specs alone and the look of a nice, cave like area to explore all of your inner geek is drool worthy enough. Then to realize it’s all inside of a car is over the top. If the picture above is tempting enough, you’ll definitely want to see the rest inside…

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