Google’s Recent Investments Paint A Picture Of Their Tomorrow

Robots, Home automation, Driverless cars - Bloomberg released a video last week summarizing the five most recent investments that Google has made which speak to their vision of the future.

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Visit to MIT Media Lab - The Birthplace of the Future

I am in Boston this weekend and had the fantastic opportunity of visiting the MIT Media Lab. From huggable robots to transformative self driving cars and even advancements in music and Opera - I was completely inspired and blown away. Here are just a few pics.

Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet
The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.
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Continental and IBM sign connected-car alliance | Cnet

The automotive supplier’s technology is moving toward “highly automated driving,” with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.

via: smartercities

'Genesis' 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself!

Royal College of Art graduate student Nir Seigel recently unveiled plans for a 3D printed concept car that actually assembles itself! Seigel’s Genesis vehicle explores next generation manufacturing techniques for the auto industry, and it was awarded the Pilkington Design Award for best design interpretation.

Read more: 'Genesis' 3D Printed Concept Car Can Assemble Itself! | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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Forget the Hoverboard - I want a Jet Pack
Welcome to the future: New Zealand approves permit for jet pack Cyrus Farivar, arstechnica.com
Martin AircraftWe could all be flying around on jet packs sometime soon—we just have to pony up $150,000.New Zealand and Australian media reported Tuesday that the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted approval to the Martin Aircraf…

Forget the Hoverboard - I want a Jet Pack

Welcome to the future: New Zealand approves permit for jet pack
Cyrus Farivar, arstechnica.com

Martin AircraftWe could all be flying around on jet packs sometime soon—we just have to pony up $150,000.New Zealand and Australian media reported Tuesday that the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted approval to the Martin Aircraf…

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Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020
Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B.  A recent report from Telefónica Digital found the percentage of cars with built-in connectivity will jump from 10 percent today to 90 percent by 2020
 Full Story: VentureBeat
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Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B.  A recent report from Telefónica Digital found the percentage of cars with built-in connectivity will jump from 10 percent today to 90 percent by 2020

 Full Story: VentureBeat

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i-H2GO: Smartphone Enabled Hydrogen Fuel Cell RC Car [HD 3D]

Following in the footsteps of Horizon’s Time Magazine Best Invention, and a Toy Innovation Award in Nuremberg, the largest annual toy fair in the world - the iH2GO is the ultimate in fuel cell miniaturization.

It brings together the world of mobility and interactivity with solar hydrogen fuel cell model cars, taking us a step further into the future, with really exciting technology.

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New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade
The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.
A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.
(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)
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New Volvo Hybrid Comes With Solar Sunshade

The membrane, made of recyclable high-density polyethylene mesh fabric, is stretched over a lightweight, tubular carbon fiber frame that can be packed down to fit into the trunk of the Volvo V60 hybrid electric-diesel car. The tension of the fabric is what bends the frame into its shape, and it provides a second service: shading the car from the heat of the sun’s rays.

A cable connects the pavilion to the car’s battery for charging, and it takes a day to fully charge the V60’s battery. All you’d have to worry about is finding somewhere to park.

(via Volvo sunshade charges with solar power | Crave - CNET)

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The Car of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Great infographic by Insurancequotes.com on technological advancements in vehicles from now to 2040 (when 75% of cars on the road are expected to be autonomous).

Starting next year, e-scooters will have iPhone as the console

iPhone integration in car consoles is of course nothing new, with Siri Eyes Free becoming an increasingly standard feature in new cars. But next year’s electric scooters appear to be taking the idea one step further: if you go to the showrooms to look at an electric scooter next year, you may well find that your iPhone doesn’t just connect to the console, it is the console.

Smart, the Daimler brand that makes the ultra-compact Smart Car, announced that its 5.4-horsepower Smart Scooter(pictured above and below) would use an iPhone as its instrument panel, serving as combined speedo, range indicator and GPS. The scooter will sit alongside its existing electric-drive Smart Car and eBike.

Read More: http://goo.gl/y0f1P

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Garmin HUD projects directions onto your windshield | The Car Tech blog
Smartphones have pretty much taken over as the default navigation tool for many drivers. However, some locales (including our home state of California) have outright banned smartphone use in the  car: no windshield mounts, no dashboard cradles. So, how are you going to get your turn-by-turn directions when looking at your phone is illegal? Today, Garmin announced a new way to interact with its StreetPilot and Navigon smartphone navigation apps: the HUD.
HUD — short for head-up display — sits on the dashboard at the base of the windshield, where it projects navigation data upwards into the driver’s line of sight, either onto a transparent film affixed to the windshield glass or a reflector lens that attaches to the HUD device. Both the film and reflector lens are included with the device.
Garmin states that HUD will automatically adjust the brightness of its projections, so that the display remains visible in direct sunlight or at night. The device will be powered by a 12V charging cable with an integrated USB port for keeping your smartphone charged as well.
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Garmin HUD projects directions onto your windshield | The Car Tech blog

Smartphones have pretty much taken over as the default navigation tool for many drivers. However, some locales (including our home state of California) have outright banned smartphone use in the car: no windshield mounts, no dashboard cradles. So, how are you going to get your turn-by-turn directions when looking at your phone is illegal? Today, Garmin announced a new way to interact with its StreetPilot and Navigon smartphone navigation apps: the HUD.

HUD — short for head-up display — sits on the dashboard at the base of the windshield, where it projects navigation data upwards into the driver’s line of sight, either onto a transparent film affixed to the windshield glass or a reflector lens that attaches to the HUD device. Both the film and reflector lens are included with the device.

Garmin states that HUD will automatically adjust the brightness of its projections, so that the display remains visible in direct sunlight or at night. The device will be powered by a 12V charging cable with an integrated USB port for keeping your smartphone charged as well.

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The Talking Window

The first inaudible advertising that only your brain can hear.

Listen to advertising messages without hearing it, that was the challenge faced by the agency BBDO Germany. They Noticed that public transport users often put their head on the windows, to rest a bit. SKY TV created an unusual campaign using windows as a media.

Volvo car parks itself with no driver inside
There are plenty of apps out there that make the onerous task of finding parking a little easier. But what if your car just did the parking for you while you went about your business?
Volvo has developed a concept car that parks in a vacant spot all by itself. It’s not hands-free, it’s driver-free.
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Volvo car parks itself with no driver inside

There are plenty of apps out there that make the onerous task of finding parking a little easier. But what if your car just did the parking for you while you went about your business?

Volvo has developed a concept car that parks in a vacant spot all by itself. It’s not hands-free, it’s driver-free.

via: smartercities

Former General Motors R&D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020
Former GE Head, Larry Burns: “By 2015 we’re going to have auto companies selling features that are akin to cruise control on steroids,” he said. “We’re in this five- to 10-year window when it’s going to be really exciting … By 2020 we’ll have self driving cars.”
Read more here: http://www.hybridcars.com/former-gm-rd-head-predicts-driverless-cars-2020-44227/

Former General Motors R&D Head Predicts Driverless Cars by 2020

Former GE Head, Larry Burns: “By 2015 we’re going to have auto companies selling features that are akin to cruise control on steroids,” he said. “We’re in this five- to 10-year window when it’s going to be really exciting … By 2020 we’ll have self driving cars.”

Read more here: http://www.hybridcars.com/former-gm-rd-head-predicts-driverless-cars-2020-44227/

Move Over, Hoverboards: This Bike Lets You Fly
A new mode of personal transportation has beat hoverboards to the market: the flying bicycle.
Czech companies Duratec, Technodat and Evektor have created a prototype of a flying electric bicycle. Unlike E.T.’s run-of-the-mill two-wheeler, however, this one looks more like a snow bike.
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Move Over, Hoverboards: This Bike Lets You Fly

A new mode of personal transportation has beat hoverboards to the market: the flying bicycle.

Czech companies Duratec, Technodat and Evektor have created a prototype of a flying electric bicycle. Unlike E.T.’s run-of-the-mill two-wheeler, however, this one looks more like a snow bike.

 via: smartercities