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Lexus active driver safety system prevents accidents caused by innattention

With the aim of reducing the many road accidents caused by simple inattention, Lexus has introduced an active and intelligent new driver safety system using six cameras that monitor your face as you drive. If there’s an obstacle in your path and your head’s turned the wrong way, this clever car will hit the anchors for you. The system also incorporates active headrests designed to minimize injury in the event of a rear-end collision.  Read More

Remarkable inventor pioneered human-powered flight

The aeronautical world is mourning the loss of visionary inventor, designer and engineer Dr Paul MacCready, who passed away on 28 August 2007. Among his very long list of accomplishments, he was most widely known as the "father of human-powered flight". Using a craft he created, the Gossamer Condor, MacCready made the first sustained, controlled flight by a heavier-than-air craft powered solely by its pilot's muscles.  Read More

The new V10 Biturbo RS 6 Quattro

Successor to the revered V8-powered Audi RS flagship, the new RS 6 quattro Avant will go on show for the first time at Frankfurt next week with ten cylinders, twin turbochargers and 580PS, making it the most powerful production Audi of all time. Features include a six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, the latest generation quattro system with 40:60 front-to-rear torque split and an hydraulically controlled Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) system that minimizes pitch and roll.  Read More

Meridian iRIS Universal iPod Dock - high-quality video on HD screens

Meridian Audio is set to unveil a product later today at the 2007 CEDIA Expo which could have quite some significance if it delivers on its claims. A unique new enabler for the Apple’s iPod family, the Meridian iRIS Universal Dock for iPod accepts the full range of current iPod models and delivers battery charging and home audio-system integration and control. More importantly, the design features high-end video up-conversion processing (up to 1080p) that produces what it claims are astonishing images with clarity and detail, delivering true big-screen performance from iPod Video. The company claimsthe new dock can play iPod videos on the big screen, with big-screen quality, clarity, and freedom from video-noise, “jaggies,” or blocking-artifacts.  Read More

More iPod news – 160GB Classic, new iTunes, custom ringtone maker and video nano

Apple’s major announcement of the iPod touch was accompanied by a raft of other significant announcements including the introduction the new iPod classic, featuring 80GB or 160GB of storage, an iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, a new version of iTunes (7.4) with a custom Ringtone Maker, an all new iPod nano, with video playback on a two-inch display with 204 dpi (effectively the same resolution as the video iPod) and the news it is lowering the price of the 8GB iPhone from US$599 to US$399.  Read More

New Apple iPod Touch with multi-touch interface & Wi-Fi & widescreen & …

Yes folks, they’ve done it again. If the share price has been looking rosy, it’ll be better again tomorrow. Apple today introduced the new iPod touch featuring the same multi-touch interface used on the iPhone, a 3.5-inch widescreen display, Wi-Fi wireless networking, and a new version of the Safari web browser designed for mobile. It’s super slim at just 8mm and pricing starts at US$300 for the 8GB flash-based model and US$100 more gets you 16GB. It has a built-in accelerometer that automatically senses when you rotate it into its landscape position. When playing music, it automatically switches to Cover Flow so you can browse your music collection by album cover artwork. When in Photos, it automatically displays the photo in its landscape aspect ratio; and when in Safari it displays the web page horizontally. iPod touch also has a built-in ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the display's brightness. The new design puts Apple waaay ahead of the pack ans sales start this month.  Read More

The new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Estate

If you wish to see the rare sight of a Mercedes executive fighting for control, just refer to the brand's Estate versions as "station wagons" and watch those pupils dilate and the veins pop out on the forehead. Station wagons derived their name from the forerunners to the modern taxi that plied their trade outside rail stations a century ago and are perceived as somewhat down-at-heel terminology for such fine machinery and quite right too. Mercedes much prefers the term "Estate", though in the case of the new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Estate , perhaps the term "Shooting Brake" would be more appropriate. Under the distinctive power domed bonnet lies an AMG 6.3-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine delivering 336 kW/457 hp and 600 Nm of eyeball-compressing torque through a 7G-TRONIC transmission with F1-style steering wheel paddle controls. The unique high-performance estate will rocket you to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and were it not electronically limited to 250 km/h, it'd do well over 300 km/h. Not bad for a station wagon, heh what? ; )  Read More

Ford Kuga Crossover – it’s NOT a concept vehicle

Crossover vehicles are certainly the flavour of the month, with Ford is releasing the first details of its new Kuga crossover at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the car will be previewed ahead of production early in 2008. Inspired by the iosis X Concept that was revealed at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the Kuga is the latest showcase for Ford's 'kinetic design' and features 'intelligent' 4WD and FWD systems, a 2.0-litre 136 PS Duratorq TDCi diesel engine  Read More

Comfort vent.

Behr GmbH & Co. have announced a new type of in-cabin air vent that provides three individually adjustable air-flow options, delivering what's billed as world first draft-free air current through the vehicle interior.  Read More

Airborne Laser (ABL) is an aircraft-mounted laser weapon system  	
 Photo: Lockheed Martin...

Successful testing of an aircraft mounted laser weapon system has been carried out by the US missile defense agency and industry partnership team at Edwards Air Force base in California. The Airborne Laser (ABL) team has demonstrated the ability to point and focus the Lockheed Martin developed Beam control/Fire control system on an airborne target.  Read More

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