It’s a warm weekend and we’re thinking about sports cars!
This is among the best I’ve seen. This house is in Park Ridge, Illinois and the owner expands the display a bit each year. I’m especially fond of Santa in the window. Along with all the great features, like broadcasting the musical soundtrack over FM radio so you can stay warm in your car, is a great cause. A box mounted at the end of the driveway solicits donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. Take a look at this short sample. -Jeff Curran
There are a lot of bad drone videos out there. This ain’t one of them. A lot of drone videos depend on altitude and weak music. It’s worn thin as we become more accustomed to aerial photography. Colin Hinkle’s Soaring Badger Productions‘ videos are a nice combination of good flying, great shot composition, interesting places, nice use of available light and appropriate music. -Jeff Curran
With Apple’s latest iPhone now unveiled, we’re always looking for a better way to integrate it into the car. GM is including CarPlay and Android Auto into its lineup and it’s like your iPhone on wheels. -Jeff Curran
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.
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.
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.
The Ring is a strange device that everyone’s trying in Las Vegas, and it has nothing to do with all the wedding chapels out here. It’s a Bluetooth ring that controls, even writes, when you wave your finger in midair. Your gestures can control the sound of music the brightness of lights, turning them on and off, even writing on your nearby smart phone. I found it curious, I found it amusing, but I didn’t find it to be anything I really need. It’s $250 from Logbar, which raised almost $900,000 for the product during its Kickstarter campaign. I’m underwhelmed.