Top 10 Things You Can Upgrade with a Little Electronics Hacking it is a skill to do a good solder joint, it comes with LOTS of practice. so most people who rarely do it will ever get good at it. Bingo. Of course, part of the issue is having a soldering iron at the right temp with a properly tinned tip. I don't expect to ever master tricky stuff like smts or even multilayer pcbs so I'm not much better then a newbie, anyway - and I totally suck at sweating pipe joints. Ah, well... SMT is actually a bit better than through-hole once you get the hang of it.
Koenigsegg | Official website of the Swedish Hypercar manufacuturer Why aren’t we building tools that transform the experience of being an engaged citizen? At FOCAS13 I was lucky enough to spend several hours talking about citizen involvement in city decisions, as part of a great working group. We ultimately produced a short proposal for the Public Experience Network, to help city staff directly tap experience around specific issues. During our presentation back to the group, I described our suggested approach. Build the tool, and get it widely in use — a tool-centered approach, but one that was guided by municipal staff and citizen needs... Feedback from the group was near-unanimous: we should start with people first. This response clarified something that has been bothering me. Are we scared or otherwise incapable of imagining consumer-style tech for city governments? Where are the products? Selling to cities is really hard, so that’s one possible answer for our timidity, but is the grind of selling getting in the way of other opportunities? Maybe we’re over cautious because of civic tech’s problem of build-it-they-will-come attitudes.
BMW's fascinating GINA Light Visionary Model design study by Jason Fried of 37signals BMW presents GINA, a new take on car design, materials, and flexibility. The GINA replaces the traditional metal/plastic skin with a textile fabric skin that’s pulled taut around a frame of metal and carbon fiber wires. Even the shape of the car can change. The rear lights just shine through the skin: Here’s a video of the design in action. Electric Car Folds in Half for Crowded City Streets Engineers at the Graduate School for Green Transportation at KAIST in South Korea debuted a foldable electric car called the Armadillo-T. The two-seater car folds up after the driver and passenger leave the vehicle, making it a nice space-saver on Asia’s crowded city streets. It doesn’t quite make sense to fold the car after parking it (especially if parallel parked). However, the vehicle is so tiny that you could just drive it straight into the curb with the front directly facing the sidewalk, and the car would still fit. It’s just 110 inches at full length. Although the car itself looks like an armadillo mated with a golf cart, the innovation doesn’t end there. Of course, given that this car is still under research at a university, it will be a while before it hits the market. Image: YouTube, KAISTPR
Ferrari Millenio by Marko Petrovic The Ferrari Millenio, as the name might allude, is a futuristic super-car concept that features a complex combination of materials and technologies that we can hope will become a serious reality before the end of the next millenium. The two-seater includes a buckypaper reinforced body that is stronger than steel and lighter than carbon fiber as well as dual electric engines that can be recharged via solar panels or through an inductive power transfer system. Designer: Marko Petrovic We just added game streaming through OnLive! Final Fantasy will be on OUYA...and we have an exclusive game! And VEVO has agreed to put their music videos on OUYA, XBMC adds a streaming media app, with TuneIn and iHeartRadio adding music! We're honored by all of you who are backing us -- THANK YOU. Engadget! There's something about a big HD TV and digital surround sound that fills up a living room. We get it – smartphones and tablets are getting all the new titles – they're "what's hot.” You busted your ass just to find out the princess was "in another castle." Let’s open this sucker up! We're handing the reins over to the developer with only one condition: at least some gameplay has to be free. OUYA is a new game console for the TV, powered by Android. We've packed this little box full of power. Best of all, OUYA's world-class controller, console, and interface come in one beautiful, inexpensive package. That doesn't mean OUYA is an Android port. And developers agree: Specifications:
Bugatti Veyron supercar emblazoned with the sums that make it race 252mph car was customised by French artist Bernar VenetBoth the bodywork and interior are decorated with complex formulaeThe Bugatti is a one-off version of the standard £1.5m Veyron, and is currently on display in a Miami museum By Jimmy Mccloskey Published: 18:00 GMT, 3 December 2012 | Updated: 18:04 GMT, 3 December 2012 It is one of the world's fastest supercars, with a 252mph top speed that leaves rivals trailing in its wake. And now Italian car manufacturer Bugatti has revealed the science behind the Veyron's astonishing top speed by covering the car in the sums used to power it. Conceptual artist Bernar Venet was asked by Bugatti to create his own design for the £1.5million Grand Sport model. The 252mph Bugatti Veyron has been decorated with the equations that power its superfast engine The one-off supercar, which Bugatti has refused to put a price on, is best appreciated while parked up The retro brown and orange interior of the car has been painstakingly hand-stitched