I’ve seen it all. GAC, the Chinese automaker, is showing a concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that has a fish tank arm rest. Concept cars are partially test platforms, partially designed to measure public reaction and always designed to pull people into the booth. A lot of people were stopping to look and to learn more about Guangzhou Motors and their automotive aquarium. If such a car were built, I’m wondering how my fish would do if parked outside overnight in January in Chicago? But, who am I to judge? GAC can have fish in their car. After all, the Kia Soul has hamsters.
It’s the fourth generation of an outstanding sports car. Not a powerful tear-straight-ahead gazillion horsepower with tons of steel muscle car. A sports car. The kind of car you dream about. Cutting the corners of a twisty backroad with the top down or making the most of track day over a long weekend. The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is on the floor of the NAIAS in Detroit and, although we’ve seen plenty of pictures since its reveal some time ago, we can’t believe how much better it looks in person. A simple 2.0 roadster in a more beautiful and sophisticated package than ever, interior and exterior. It’s a bit smaller and a lot lighter. It’s redesigned and it reconnects. The big question is not, “Is this the car you want?” The question is, instead, “What color would you like?”
Ford unleashed their newest track toy, the GT350R, at NAIAS in Detroit. It was unveiled in the presence of a couple of its elders. Older, but outstanding looking cars. But the NEW GT is beauty incarnate. The whole body is made of carbon fiber, that lightweight frame houses an engine capable of producing 600+ horsepower. Every line on the GT looks stylish yet obviously has a purpose, DOWNFORCE!
The Mini Superleggera! It was unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2014 and now it has graced the North American International Automotive Show with its presence this year. The Mini Superleggera has a contemporary design with a classic feel. It features materials such as leather, aluminum, and even black chrome! It’s obvious both inside and out, this car was made to be driven and driven fast.
The 2016 Chevy Volt can go 50 miles on battery alone before sipping from its gas tank. The Volt’s concept stays the same though. When it runs low on electricity the gas engine starts up and extends its range to 420 miles. Two eight inch LCD screens add to its high tech feel. One in front of the driver, inside the gauge cluster, and one in the middle of the dash. Chevy says you should expect a combined 41mpg. The car is sleeker looking and lighter, too, with batteries that weigh less.
Forget about just tracking steps and heart rate, this new fitness band can tell you what your body composition is. That’s right, it knows how much lean body mass you have and how much fat you’re carrying around. It’s from a company called InBody and it’ll go for $179.
Who needs a high-tech pair of running shoes to analyze their running style? These high-tech socks measure everything from your gait to how you strike the pavement. They explain the socks like this,
“Sensoria® socks are infused with proprietary 100% textile sensors. They are paired with a Bluetooth Smart cool and detachable anklet that not only delivers superior accuracy in step counting, speed, calories, altitude and distance tracking, but goes well beyond that to track cadence, foot landing technique as you walk and run.
Sensoria® may help you identify injury-prone running styles (heel striking, ball striking, etc), then leverages a mobile app to coach the runner in real-time via audio cues. The Sensoria® dashboard can also help achieve goals, improve performance and reduce risk of gravitating back to bad tendencies. ”
Sensoria socks are from a company that also makes other types of sensory gear from shirts to bras. Interesting stuff at Sensoria’s Web site.
As one of the original 24 Segway owners, we always find it interesting to see self balancing devices. This is the IO Hawk Smart Wheels transporter, making its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show. For $1,800, you’ll zip along on lithium-ion batteries. Looks like 6mph for 6 to 12 miles. It takes a little getting used to, but we had fun and didn’t break anything! More at .
More and more police officers are wearing a video camera to document everything that happens. We saw two of those cams at the Consumer Electronics Show today. One from the Taser company, well known for their shocking devices, and the other from the VieVU company that already has a lot of cameras on officers in the field. As you might imagine it’s a hot topic in law-enforcement but VieVU is finding that they’re also in demand by professionals looking to have a hands free video record of the work they do. Both cameras provided crystal clear views of everything in front of them. That can help an officer in a questionable situation – and many officers welcome having the video documentation.