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Is This What The BMW i8’s Keyfob Will Look Like?


You may be looking at BMW’s key fob for their upcoming i8 plug-in hybrid car. It kind of looks like a mini smartphone and allegedly features a high resolution LCD that informs you of a few essential metrics on your vehicle, like its current range and charge time. There are rumours that it’ll be programmable to display other info, but we don’t have details on that. Matter of fact, this could be someone’s photoshop project for all we know, although it looks somewhat legit. The BMW i8 will hit the road in 2014 and is expected to sell out quickly. It does the 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, and will reportedly do 113 miles to the gallon. It’ll also dent your bank account to the tune of $135,000.


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Samsung’s ATIV Q Hybrid Runs Windows and Android, Could Crush the Competition

Samsung ATIV Q

Samsung wants to crush the competition and they’re pulling out all the stops with the ATIV Q. It’s a tablet-hybrid laptop that not only runs Android, but Windows 8 too. As if that’s not enough, it comes with a sharp 3,200 by 1,800 qHD+ display. The ATIV Q measures 13.3 inches diagonal, making it larger than Samsung’s previous tablets. But that’s probably just as well, especially when you want to use it with its keyboard.

Samsung’s ATIV Q runs on a Core i5 Haswell, so you shouldn’t be too concerned about Windows performance. Users can switch between both operating systems easily with a push of a button. In fact, both Windows and Android can actually run side by side. Samsung also made sure to keep important files and essential documents visible on both systems, so you don’t need to switch between systems just to open a particular file.

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Electrobike Model Pi – Weird Name, Cool Ride

Electrobike Model Pi Kit (Image courtesy Design Within Reach)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it looks more like an overstyled bicycle, the thick frame on the Marcus Levison-Hays’ Electrobike Pi hides a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries and motor that allow the bike to be self-propelled. Charging the bike takes about 2.5 to 3 hours from a standard household outlet and on a full charge it can hit a top speed of 20 mph with a range of about 25 to 30 miles.

The Pi is referred to as a “human-electric hybrid” since it can be switched between three different modes using a throttle control on the handlebars. The rider can choose between pedal power, an electric/pedal mode or a fully motorized mode when they’re really feeling lazy. The bike also includes two saddle bags, two different sized seats with adjustable placement and a voucher for a new helmet.

As long as you’re willing to brave the elements every day, it’s not a bad alternative to using a car for commuting to work. But with an $8,000 price tag from Design Within Reach, you might also want to invest in a really nice bike lock.

[ Electrobike Model Pi Kit ] VIA [ Yokiddo ]

Hybrid Scooter Gets 140 MPG

Piaggio Hybrid Scooter (image via Sci Fi Tech)
by Shane McGlaun

With all the focus on our environment over the last few years, hybrid cars have become a viable and popular form of transportation. Those preferring an open air method of travel will like the hybrid scooter from Piaggio.

This scooter is rated for up to 140 MPG and is powered by Piaggio’s HyS system combining a hybrid combustion engine with an electric one. With normal operation the high-efficiency combustion engine charges the electric unit. The electric unit provides more power during starts.

Three scooter models will be equipped with this system, the Vespa LX, Piaggio X8 and the three-wheel MP3 pictured here. The HyS system will also allow the scooters to run in emission-free mode for up to 12 miles. Sorry guys, the leather clad hottie isn’t included.

[ Piaggio ] VIA [ Sci Fi Tech ]