Posts by Category: future tech

It’s coming WHEN?

cool tech March 20, 2006 posted by

VW Eco-Racer.

The Volkswagen Eco-Racer. Why oh why, if car manufacturers can seemingly churn out these 100 mpg sports cars with top speeds of 230km/hr at the drop of a motor show, do we not see more 100mpg + vehicles on our road right now? You have to start suspecting hidden agendas, don’t you?  This sports car is powered by a 100 k/w turbo diesel engine of the next generation and stands for a trend setting synthesis of rock-solid economy and an abundance of…

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cool tech February 27, 2006 posted by

The Loremo 150mpg car.

The Loremo LS sports vehicle. Weight 450kg, 150+ mpg turbodiesel, single forward opening ‘gate’ door (incorporates steering wheel), 100mph, GPS, MP3, onboard computer and air-conditioning. Priced at less than €11,000. But you’ll have to wait until 2009, sorry. [Via Metafilter]   Loremo feels like a sports car, nevertheless consuming only 15 litres on its way from Munich to Rome. Its sliding roof flooded with sun gives rise to the summer feeling at any season. Its unique appearance is a confession to…

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cool tech February 10, 2006 posted by

The Infinity Transmission.

Laird Gogins, believes that he has invented a transmission system that will increase mileage in cars by 20 or 30 mpg. Serious claims backed up by 23 patents and some initial order interest. Go dude, go!  Today’s four- and five-speed automatic transmissions need torque converters with coolant, radiators and hoses — all of which cause loss of power and efficiency. Gogins invented a transmission that needs none of those parts. Gogins’ transmission has two identical cams 180 degrees across from…

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future tech January 18, 2006 posted by

Right SED Fred.

Apparently the next chapter in flat screen technology is called Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display or SED. So look out for it on a shelf sometime in the 2007s. What’s good? Well it combines the contrast, responsiveness and image sharpness of conventional CRT with the power efficiency, larger sizes and slim shape of LCD or plasma. Sigh. Start saving now. More here.

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future tech January 10, 2006 posted by

Smart Cycles.

The Smart Cycle from the Sakai Industry Club incorporates self-correcting steering to make it harder to fall off. Perfect for the elderly or those tired and emotional riders who have trouble navigating their local hi-ways and by-ways. In test and prototype form only at the moment, more’s the pity.  A sensor to detect the lean of the bicycle is placed under the seat. A device attached to the frame picks up signals from this sensor and automatically turns the handlebars…

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future tech January 10, 2006 posted by

Wasp Hounds.

If the boffins have their way, the sniffer dogs of the future could be wasps. Yep, instead of looking for bombs or fugitive terrorists with doe-eyed bloodhound critters, the Man could use parasitic wasps which have super sensitive odour receptors. Makes a bit of a mockery of all them old black and white Louisiana chain gang swamp escape movies , don’t it? Scary too. Bzzzzzz……..  He found he could train the wasps to seek out almost any odor of concern…

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future tech January 2, 2006 posted by

The Sun card.

The All-in-One Card. One geek’s dream concept of a Sun powered (literally and figuratively!) credit card thin PDA. Before you dismiss it as total fantasy, just remember how far we’ve come in only a few years in terms of portability and functionality.  It only needs a small processor that does nothing but send the touch and other inputs to a server, and the server sends the display and sound back. Since all the storage is on a server, it gives…

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cool tech November 28, 2005 posted by

Hyrdrogen cars cometh?

The HydroGen3 emission free vehicle. Looks like GM is finally getting its ecological act together re a reasonable replacement for stinky oil powered things. Two types of tech, liquid and compressed. Take a look at this excellent video to get a great feel for what they’re proposing. The prototype does around 100mph, and gives 50–60 miles per equivalent gallon with no emissions. Electric, see? Excellent.

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future tech November 24, 2005 posted by

Codecs for all.

ARDOR or Adaptive Rate-Distortion Optimised sound codeR. A new initiative to create a universal audio codec that will be cross functional on anything from a mobile phone to a stereo system. What does that mean? Well you could move sound and music around from device to device as easy as pie. Or even easier. Looks like it’s a Philips Research Labs project too, which is interesting.  The end result of the ARDOR project is a prototype of a universal sound codec….

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future tech November 23, 2005 posted by

Peugeot concept trike.

The Peugeot 20Cup. Wow, those French designers can really do stuff when they try, can’t they? This trike/car hybrid concept looks really fun-tastic.  This supercharged four-cylinder with a turbo-compressor in this version develops a maximum power of 125 kW and produces torque that can reach 240 Nm. Thanks to its engine, which is still in the prototype stage, the 20Cup has an amazing weight/power ratio: 170hp for under 500kg! Of the three, 18” light alloy wheels, the rear one is…

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future tech November 2, 2005 posted by

Translation day.

So some German and Carnegie Mellon University boffins have just unveiled technology that they say will one day let us all understand each other, no matter which language issues forth from our mouths. This translation marvel will be accomplished, apparently, through the use of electrodes attached to our face at various strategic points. Right. Well that ends that line of research really, doesn’t it? Tsk.  CMU computer science graduate student Stan Jou, 34, of Shadyside, stood before the audience yesterday morning…

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cool tech October 27, 2005 posted by

Lancer, prancer, donner und blitzen.

The Mitsubishi Lancer MIEV. 268hp, 0–62 mph in under 8 seconds, 112 mph top speed, four individual in-wheel electric motors driven by Lithium-Ion batteries. Not yer grandma’s eco vehicle, folks.   The in-wheel motors and the lithium-ion battery system, which is located under the floor to reduce the center of gravity, accelerate Lancer Evolution MIEV from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in less than 8 seconds and up to a maximum speed of 180 km/h. This is a level of…

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future tech October 14, 2005 posted by

Portable cop shop.

The Portable Lite-U Criminal Booking System. See, sometimes just hanging around at the police station waiting for villains to pop in and get arrested doesn’t do it. That’s when you need a trusty portable unit to take your crime fighting to the streets. Nicking suspicious looking miscreants right on the spot, while they’re loitering around smoking and looking shifty. Nasty little vermin, chuck ‘em in the back of the van while they’re still warm!  Their slim and lightweight design allows…

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future tech September 14, 2005 posted by

Hybrid motorists.

Mmm..things appear to be looking up, we may actually avoid destroying our planet sometime before it all goes pear shaped. BMW, DaimlerChrysler and General Motors have just announced a joint initiative to develop hybrid drive systems for cars. Hybrid = electrical assist = lower fuel consumption and cleaner emissions. This is A Good Thing. What’s also good is that Mercedes Benz has also just unveiled a couple of hybrid cars which achieve some pretty impressive fuel consumption figures. Now all…

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