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Video: VW’s Park Assist Vision helps bridge and tunnelers park in the big scary city

Video: VW’s Park Assist Vision helps bridge and tunnelers park in the big scary city:

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Volkswagen is showing off its new Park Assist Vision technology at the Hanover Fair in Germany. Unlike VW’s previous attempts, this version of Park Assist is fully automatic. As such, the driver-turned-spectator can stand outside the car while the Passat maneuvers its way into cramped spots with the help of external cameras and proximity sensors. The driver selects his space on the monitor of the navigation system and then sets the vehicle into “P” mode. It’s just a trial for now so you’ll still have to get by with the ol’ bump-smile-n-flirt approach that’s gotten you and your Aquanet hair into the city up until now. Video demonstration after the break.

[Via Gizmag]

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April 23, 2008 Posted by | Technology | 1 Comment

Urwerk’s UR-202 combines turbines and watches just how you always wanted

Urwerk’s UR-202 combines turbines and watches just how you always wanted:

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Like your Rolls-Royce, Louis Vuitton bags, and priceless, endangered animal collection, the Urwerk UR-202 turbine regulated watch is another expensive item you don’t really need. Still… you want it, right? Who wouldn’t want this beast, what with its self-winding kinetic motor, telescopic minute hands, orbiting and revolving hour satellites, and fancy, mechanical turbines that we understand almost nothing about. But hey, when your timepiece is more complicated than a jet plane — and likely more expensive — you’ve probably made it. Check out the totally awesome video after the break to see this thing in… uh, action.

[Via OhGizmo!]

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April 19, 2008 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Flip Toaster Keeps Your Fingers Safe

Flip Toaster Keeps Your Fingers Safe:

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By Evan Ackerman

Toasters are dangerous beasts. Perhaps the most dangerous kitchen appliances in existence. Once a luscious toasty aroma starts wafting out of your electric deathtrap, it’s virtually impossible to keep your fingers from instinctually grasping at those succulent slices. Problem is, pieces of toast are approximately 1000 degrees right after they pop up. Personally, my desire for toast outweighs both my willpower and my better judgment, which is why this toaster is such a brilliant idea. All you have to do is flip the toaster upside down, and the toast slides right out onto your plate, ready for the application of butter and marmalade. The Toast One concept has a little touch sensitive display on one shoulder, but unfortunately looks like it can only handle one slice at a time. Those of us who need more than that will just have to continue to sacrifice our fingertips in the pursuit of tastiness.

[ Toast One ] VIA [ Design Blog ]

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April 2, 2008 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Orange Dream’s brainwave management software gets you closer to the Matrix

Orange Dream’s brainwave management software gets you closer to the Matrix:

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We’ll be honest — there are quite a few things about the Cyber MC brainwave management solution that remain unclear to us, but it’s probably for the best. Korean startup Orange Dreams has apparently concocted some sort of eyewear / software combo that can control your brainwaves and calm your nerves, convince you that you really aren’t craving nicotine or make you believe that fruits and vegetables really are more delicious than a Cadbury Cream Egg. We’re not about to delve into how this thing actually intends to work, but those unafraid can give it a go next month.

[Via Hallyu Tech]

 

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April 2, 2008 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment