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Tag Archives: Cars

ResQMe Keychain Could Save Your Life In Case Of Accident

This product’s been around for a few years, but we’re sure some of you would still love to know it exists. It’s a very special keychain that serves two purposes: to cut your seatbelt and punch out a window in case of a car accident. It’s a horrible thing to think about but it’s entirely possible that after a wreck your seatbelt refuses to detach. Or your door to open. If you have to get out of there fast (sinking into a river, for example), the ResQMe could save your life. The window punch is activated simply by pressing the device against the window: a spring loaded mechanism triggers and launches a carbide tip into the glass, shattering it. Cutting the seatbelt involves inserting it into the slot and pulling across your chest. Easy.

It’s $11 and tiny enough that unless you’re really in love with your current keychain, there’s no reason not to get it. Just in case.

Hit the jump for links and a video featuring a terrible computer animation from the 1920′s or something…

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This Smart Car Comes With Its Own Drive-In Theater

Ok, this is just a concept car for the moment, for the Smart Forstars has one kickass feature that we haven’t seen anywhere else. The hood has an integrated projector, which means that as long as you’re parked in front of a flat wall someplace, you got yourself a drive-in theatre. You connect your phone to the system wirelessly, and it gets the videos from there. Audio of course is pumped through the car’s sound system. There’s no details on the brightness or even resolution of this thing, but that’s beside the point. We can think of a number of scenarios where, uh, young couples would enjoy having this on their car. Smart move, Smart car.

It’s currently on display at the Paris Motor Show, and we’re not sure if it’s actually going to go into production. We give our seal of approval.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ DVice ]

Uglify Your Car In The Name Of Aerodynamics With The Gaspods

Gas is expensive, ain’t it? Everyone except maybe the residents of Venezuela (who pay around $.15 per gallon) are suffering and manufacturers are doing everything they can to convince us they’re working on making cars more efficient. But are they? If progress on that front isn’t swift enough to your taste, you could always take matters into your own hands. Improving the aerodynamic coefficient of your car would increase its mileage, so Bob Evans, an American industrial designer, came up with the GasPods. These are aftermarket… “airfoils” that allegedly reduce drag by “expanding, organizing, and enhancing the airflow” coming off the back of the vehicle. A set of ten such airfoils placed on the rear of the roof of the car reduce drag by 5%, and adding a few more along the sides on the rear increases that efficiency to 6.7%. The wind-tunnel and PC-simulation tested pods feature rare earth magnets behind a rubber base, so they can be easily attached to your car and just as easily removed once you’ve had enough of people laughing at you.

But hey, if it saves you money in the long run, who cares how much people laugh? The product itself is cheap enough, with them being “$29.95 for a set of three adhesive-backed pods in a stock color, and up to $124.95 for a custom-painted set of nine magnetic pods.”

Hit the jump for pictures and links.

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Our Childhood Come To Life: Stunt Drivers Push Real Cars Through Giant Loopty-Loop

By David Ponce

So, last weekend, something awesome happened: two stunt drivers successfully launched a pair of cars through a 60 foot tall full loop during the X Games in LA. The track was called the Team Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare. Green driver Greg Tracy and yellow driver Tanner Faust pushed their cars to 52 mph and were subjected to 7 Gs while performing the stunt. It did go well, however, and was even capped with a small jump at the end. You can watch all the action in the video below.

This was all marketing however (when is it not?): Hot Wheels was promoting their new track, the… Team Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare Snare Stunt Set. A $22 toy.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Do You “Like” Porsche On Facebook? Your Face Might Be On This Special Edition Cayman S

By David Ponce

So, this is marketing done right. To celebrate their reaching 2 million Likes on Facebook, Porsche decided to make a special Cayman S with an intricate mosaic made up of the profile pictures of each one of those fans. That alone is pretty cool, but it’s what they’re doing with this car that’s smart. Aside from putting it on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart until January 27th 2012, they’ve made a special section on their website just for it. There, you can view the car from several angles, zoom in, and pan around until you spot yourself. It’s a game of Where’s Waldo with a sea of 2 million faces. You can bet a bunch of people are going to spend a truckload of hours poring over every inch of that car. Granted, these people are already fans of the brand, but it’s a safe bet that many of them will go and say to their friends “Hey, check this out, this is me on a Cayman S!”

[ Porsche's 2M Fans ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

WTF: Modern Slot Cars Go Insanely Fast

By David Ponce

This is one of those videos you have to watch to understand why I’m so impressed. Simply telling you these modern slot cars go fast means nothing. Fast usually means “pretty darn quick but I still can see what’s going on.” This… this is just mind blowing. The people controlling the cars? Cyborgs, no doubt.

Incidentally, the action starts about one minute in.

VIA [ Geekologie ]

Pimped Out Reaview Mirror Even Does AVIs

By David Ponce

While this is an accident waiting to happen, Chinavision’s “Complete Car Bluetooth Rearview Mirror” certainly has managed to cram everything and the kitchen sink in there. Their replacement mirror features the following: GPS, wireless rear-view parking camera (camera kit included), Bluetooth calling, DVR and yes even a media player. The idea is that in DVR mode it will record what happens inside or out (presumably more than the rearview parking camera can be hooked up to it) while in other modes it can either give you GPS guidance or even play back videos for you. We’re guessing you have to be stopped with parking brake engaged for this particular feature to work, though we’re sure enterprising folk will quickly find a way around that. Everything is displayed on a 4.3 inch, 480 by 272 resolution screen and the internals are powered by a Centrality Atlas 4 Dual-Core 500 MHz processor and 64MB of RAM. Yeah, HD files might be out of the question.

Storage is handled via SD or Micro SD cards, of which two are included (4GB each). It’s $205 for one and prices go down with larger order numbers as this appears to be a wholesaler.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ NewLaunches ]

These Are Rock’em Sock’em Bots On Steroids

By David Ponce

Got $17,000 burning a hole in your wallet? How bout these Rock’em Sock’em inspired “Bionic Bopper Cars”? They are large (400lbs!), manned, motorized cars with “two pneumatic-powered, tire-tread-fisted arms”. The goal? Hit your opponent in the face, of course! Not his actual face mind you, but that of the “robot” he’ll be driving around. To this end, you’re provided with buttons mounted atop two independent joysticks. Each time you score a hit, a front-mounted display in each robot’s mid-section will keep a tally. There’s a protective steel cage to keep the humans inside safe, while a full tank of gas will provide up to 5 hours autonomy. You can use an area as small as 16 square feet and you should place your order by December 1st for Christmas delivery.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

This Car Wears Its Airbags On The Outside

By David Ponce

Crazy as that headline sounds, that’s pretty much what we’re looking at here. Developed by a Japanese company called Humanix in conjunction with Hiroshima University, the iSAVE-SC1 is supposed to be the world’s safest car. Well… Let’s see now. First off, we’re not entirely sure it fits the description of a car, really, since its top speed is 50km/h. Then, it’s got three wheels. Finally, it’s electric… Quite frankly at this point it sounds more like a glorified golf cart.

Oh and yeah, it has what looks like airbags all over it, ostensibly to soften the blows from a collision. It’s a real product which will go on sale in Japan for US$10,400. Then there is talk of mass-production, though we’re less certain of mass-adoption. We realize that changing energy markets dictate that maybe we should be shifting our ideas and expectations of what our transportation forms ought to look like. And it’s nice to be safe… but have they even looked at it?

VIA [ Techcrunch Gadgets ]