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I just recieved an email from Daniel over at Waze announcing that they are looking for alpha users to try out their new dynamic driving map for mobile devices.  The alpha is currently only open to Android users in the SF Bay area but expect it to expand to other regions and devices.  The app promises several useful features such as traffic, accident and construction information as well as speed trap/camera locations and nearby locations with available parking.  There are currently many initiatives to track traffic passively (Mobile Millenium Project) but this is the first product to combine passive reporting with user generated data.  This service promises to combine all the information you need when driving into one application (should be especially useful for those phones that can’t run multiple apps simultaneously).  Visit www.waze.com for more information and to sign up.


DIY Solar Flyer

DIY Solar Flyer

I’ve been too busy with school to post an update and have recieved much grief for it.  Here is a quick update for now to give you your much needed mazimi fix you’ve been jonesing for.

“Phoenix area resident and motorcycle enthusiast Richard Gryzch got tired of gassing up his bike all the time, and he decided to do something about it. Rather than getting a fancy electric motorcycle, he modded one for himself — making an electric bike that is seemingly covered in solar panels. The motorcycle uses no gas, goes up to about 90 miles per hour and has a range of around 50 miles. There are very few details about the inner workings of the bike, so we’re loathe to say it’s 100 percent solar, but Richard does plan on extending his bike’s range of 300 miles. Hit the read link to watch an extremely tiny video of Richard and his bike.” -Via Engadget

Click here for the VIDEO (top right)

I’ll have to do a conversion on one of these bad boys when I get a chance.


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The 2009 Nissan 370z is the first production car to offer a computerized rev-matching manual transmission.  This is the perfect car for all those drivers who don’t want to spend years refining their heel and toe technique to get the perfect downshift.  Simply press a button and the computer will take into account the speed of the tires and the speed of the engine in the gear being selected and automatically blip the throttle to match revs for a smooth shift.  The technology has its fair share of oponents that don’t want anything but their right foot controlling the throttle, or maybe it’s the idea of young inexperienced drivers passing them up on the track?  Either way, follow the link to see the system in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC9ZzGNlLms


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Toradex now has their Robin modules for purchase here.  The modules have ultra low power consumption with an embedded Atom CPU(up to 1.6GHz), onboard RAM (512MB), onboard GPU (1366×768 output) and onboard SSD with up to 2GB in storage and they start at $163!  Did I mention it’s the size of a credit card?  The boards have multiple interfaces including USB and can be up and running quickly with Linux or Windows XP.  This is the ultimate board for rapid prototyping that handheld device or the DIY carputer project you’ve been putting off.


Check out the device demonstrated at last week’s TED conference:



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Here is one of my favorite episodes of Top Gear where they challenge the Germans (D-Motor).  

Click here for the video.




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