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james-bond-sub.jpgHe may have been the worst Bond, but when Roger Moore emerged from the waves in his deep-sea diving Lotus Esprit submarine car, few could argue that he hadn't bagged himself the best Bond gadget ever.

Now, if you've a spare £950,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can get shaken and stirred in the very same vehicle, as Bond's underwater motor goes under the hammer today.
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Said to still be in fully operational working order, it's the exact same vehicle as featured in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me.

It's picked up some mileage since then, appearing at a number of car shows before being shipped to New York and being locked up in storage since being bought as a blind lot at auction in 1989.

RM Auctions in Battersea, London, will be hosting the sale.

"Over the years, millions of movie-goers have stared in awe as the Lotus transformed itself into a submarine, and now, perhaps one of them will have an opportunity to own it," said Max Girardo, the auction house's MD, speaking to the BBC.

Ford's latest in-car "Focus" (excuse the pun) is on the connected dashboard. The past few years have seen the motor company happily share the stage at consumer electronic shows with household tech brands, and this year the automotive giant once again to took to the IFA conference in Berlin to show off their SYNC connected dashboard.

This time out, the focus was on AppLink, the SYNC dashboard's way of hooking up to your iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device to offer hands-free, voice activated, in-car versions of popular apps whilst on the go.

Hot on the heels of a Spotify partnership with AppLink, IFA 2013 saw Ford announce a number of new partners for AppLink, including Hotels.com and TomTom navigation.

We sat down for a quick demo with Ford's Scott Lyons, head of European Business development. Check it out in the video above.

ford-sync-top.jpgFord Motor Company have taken this year's IFA 2013 tech conference to reveal a number of new app additions to the company's in-car AppLink system.

AppLink (which connects a smartphone to Ford's SYNC connected dashboard system) will welcome voice-activated versions of popular apps including navigation stalwarts TomTom and room booking service Hotels.com alongside already-announced partners such as music streaming service Spotify.

Other new additions announced at the show include apps from ADAC, Eventseeker, Audioteka, DIE WELT, Cityseeker by Wcities, Autoread and AskWiki apps from Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories now optimised for the Ford SYNC AppLink tech.

With a growing number of apps hitting the platform, Ford will be introducing an App Catalogue for European users to help identify which apps will connect with the system, with AppLink already supporting dozens of apps across the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry operating systems.

According to Ford's Jim Buczkowski, director of electrical and electronics systems, the company already have 1 million vehicles kitted out with AppLink-enabled dashboards on the road around the globe.
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As well as the obvious benefits of on-the-road safety the hands-free AppLink system brings, Ford are looking to greatly expand the number of apps available through the system by offering up their open-source API to all would-be AppLink developers.

"The opportunity really is to embrace the creativity that exists out there", said Buczkowski today, speaking at Ford's 'The App Route' panel at IFA.

"Smartphones have created a platform for individuals and small groups to become innovators and really focus on consumer needs. The strategy we have with AppLink is to create a platform and interfaces that allows those developers to develop their applications and experiences from a phone and allow them to work in a vehicle."

And with the API open to other automotive companies, the potential audience for developers is vast.

"With an open source code, if they see an opportunity to integrate, they can do that really easily and leverage what we've built [...] Not having to create something that's unique to each automotive, opening up the standard and allowing other automotives to join is really important in order to stimulate and nurture the creativity that exists in the developer community."


Today car giant Ford announced that it is developing one of the world's first digital human child body models as part of their program to make car travel for young people safer.

The company has won numerous awards for the safety of their cars and now wants to increase their knowledge of how to create a safe travel environment for people of all ages from adults to young children. Specifically focusing on the impact of injuries to younger travellers are different to those of older passengers.

Dr Stephen Rouhana, Senior Technical Leader for Safety at Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, said "Our restraint systems are developed to help reduce serious injuries and fatalities in the field, and they have proven to be very effective. But crash injuries still occur. The more we know about the human body, the more we can consider how to make our restraint systems even better."

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Digital bodies are very hard to make, the work on Ford's adult human body took a staggering 11 years to complete. They aren't replacing test crash dummies, the digital bodies are used in research laboratories to further understand the effects of injuries caused by accidents and how they can be avoided.

The digital bodies take so long to create because a very large amount of information is included in every bone and organ included in the body and how it works and effected. The data is gathered with lots of different medical scans taken from patients, and the research team can build a perfect copy to research with.

With the child's body Rouhana said, "Building a digital human model of a child will help us design future systems that offer better protection for our young passengers."

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Of course, test crash dummies are still used in testing and development, and they have been for the past 70 years with Ford, the original design being created for the US Airforce to test ejector seats in jet fighters. However more modern crash test dummies have vinyl skin, a steel ribcage, a spine made of metal discs, moveable neck and knees that are designed to respond like the human equivalent. No longer are they just plastic figures bent into shapes.

Each test dummy has a variety of sensors built into the surface of the object to record impact crashes and pressure levels,"Today's crash test dummies are very complex devices, a Hybrid III costs approximately 34,000 Euros but with full instrumentation this can rise to more than 50,000 Euros." explained Senior Engineer for Safety Jake Head

It is life saving research that the team are doing and with these more insightful tools and equipment researchers will be looking for way to save more lives in the future and make it safer for everyone in cars.


NASA ready to send latest Rover to Mars

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Despite having their budget cut to the bare bones NASA is still determined to go where no man has gone before, or in this case send a rover where no rover has gone before.

November 25th will see NASA launch their new rover mission to Mars. The new car sized robot called Curiosity will launch with an eye to land in August 2012. At 10 metres long and weighing in at 1 tonne this is the largest rover ever to go up into space as part of the mars missions.

Onboard the rover will be a 7ft mast which will carry cameras and laser firing equipment which will enable the robot to carry out a variety of tasks, or for a more personal approach it has a 7ft fitted arm to examine soil and rock samples.

It is being sent to Mars to further investigate the possibility of Mars one day being habitable. The sorts of experiments it will carry out while on the surface of the red planet will include studying soil and rock composition, gather weather information and test the radiation levels of the surface.

This experiment will lead the way to a manned mission to Mars in the future but also try to answer questions scientists have always wanted to know, the main one being whether life every existed on Mars.

qantas.JPGQantas flight decks may soon come equipped with iPads, according to Australian Business Traveller.

The airline are reportedly looking into using the touchscreen tablets to replace the ring-binder flight manuals that are commonplace within airplane cockpits. The benefits of an easily searchable digital copy of the manuals are obvious; you're not going to end up with a dog-eared iPad are you? Though long-haul flights may encounter battery problems.

If the move gets the go-ahead, it'll be interesting to see if it will affect passenger's allowances to use mobile devices in-flight. Currently, using connected devices on a flight is a security issue, as it can potentially call radio interference, dangerous as it disturbs communications between the aircraft and ground crews.

CeBIT 2011 PREVIEW: Ford SYNC

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Car giants Ford took this week's CeBIT technology expo in Hanover, Germany, as an opportunity to announce the global launch of their new connected dashboard system, SYNC. Already available in North America, the voice activated MyFord Touch interface opens up your dashboard to a whole host of connected devices, as well as promising increased road safety. Tech Digest went hands-on with the device at the show.

Embedded within the car dashboard, SYNC features a bright 8 inch touchscreen,with connectivity options for RCA cables, an SD card and two USB inputs. The screen suffers from a slight-but-noticeably present lag when pushed, but you'll be touching it very little in any case; SYNC's trump card is its impressive voice activated commands.

Pulling in the software expertise of Microsoft and voice-recognition experts Nuance, the SYNC system can recognise and respond to 10,000 commands in 19 languages. In theory, you should barely have to touch the screen in order to access SYNC's many functions. In our quick test the voice recognition software was very responsive, understanding various ways of asking for the same actions ie. "Play playlist X" or "Open and listen to playlist X" and so on.

The interface is split into four sections; phone, navigation, media and climate control. Each has its own lengthy list of associated voice commands. Syncing a phone via Bluetooth allows calls to be answered via voice activation alone, and received text messages will be read aloud by the system's HAL-like voice. You'll also be able to respond to messages by selecting from a list of presets, again adding to Ford's safety mantra that eyes on the road and hands on the wheel make for a significantly better driver.

Music controls are similarly intelligent. MP3 files are read from an MP3 player, mobile phone or directly indexed from a USB thumbdrive, and then churned through Gracenote to ensure suitable artwork and track names are applied. You'll then be able to browse your library and control playback by voice commands alone, with the superior voice recognition software and Gracenote's metadata intelligently understanding unusual characters in artist names (AKA Kie$ha) and even commonly used nicknames such as "The King" for Elvis.


Navigation controls are likewise voice operated, with the integrated GPS system making the likes of TomToms redundant. Again the clever implementation of Nuance software ensures that the system can account for variations in dialect and location nicknames; you'll just as easily turn up at Her Majesty's doorstep by saying "Buckingham Palace" as by asking for directions to Westminster, London SW1W 0. Also, the software can handle an entire address in one single voice command, rather than splitting it into street, city and postcodes, which is a plus.

Of course these controls logically carry over to the climate control system too, asking the car to warm up or cool down and it responding accordingly.

While USB inputs for music playback in dashboards aren't uncommon these days, the SYNC system goes one better by allowing you to power a mobile dongle from the port. Your car in effect becomes a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing up to 5 devices to pair with it. In an age where all the kids and the dog too have a smartphone or web connected games console, laptop or tablet, having an in-car internet connection will be a god-send on longer journeys.

SYNC runs alongside Ford's other in-car innovation, App Link, for which developers can either create dedicated SYNC apps for driver's smartphones, or submit SYNC-compatible variations on existing apps, allowing for hands-free control. It has already thrown up its first gem in the shape of the Emergency Assistance feature, which uses GPS and cell data to locate the vehicle in the event of an accident, immediately call emergency services, and relate accident information to the accident controller in the language most likely to be used in the location you're currently driving through.

"At Ford, we have always believed that the intelligent application of technology can help us deliver the very best customer experience and help us contribute to a better world, so we challenged ourselves to build technologically advanced cars that make driving greener, safer and smarter for all," said Ford CEO Alan Mulally.

"SYNC is a smarter, safer and simpler way to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lives."

Ford plan to roll out the SYNC system across the continent in 2012. The new Ford Focus model will be the first off the production line with SYNC built in, with Ford promising to add the new dashboard to other models soon after.


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Ford SYNC, the hands-free voice activated in-car connectivity kit that allows drivers to control their music and other functions, has had its software development kit let loose to developers, leading many to believe an in-car app revolution is on the horizon thanks to the introduction of AppLink.

With Ford SYNC now installed in 3 million vehicles since being introduced back in 2007, AppLink will allow developers to create voice-activated smartphone apps that will work in tandem with the dashboard kit. AppLink will be initially available in the 2011 Fiesta and will be compatible with Android and BlackBerry handsets. iPhone compatibility is expected to be added to the system later in the year.

"More and more drivers will find a way to use their devices and their apps while in the car," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Motor Company's Group Vice President of Global Product Development. "They can do it unsafely, or they can do it through safer voice-activated solutions such as Ford SYNC - keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel."

This week, an IBM survey of 2,000 software designers around the world revealed that the design of business apps is expected to dominate all other forms of business software development over the course of the next five years.

"Smartphone 'apps' are making business more mobile and less office bound all the time," said Mark Mason, CEO of app developers Mubaloo. "Ford has released its software development kit today and Mubaloo 'apps' will be compatible with their SYNC voice command system. The other motor manufacturers are bound to be following suit soon."

"Automated voice command compatibility is an impressive feature for an 'app'," said Mr Mason. "Ford claim that their SYNC voice command system has a lexicon of more than 10,000 words."

Despite the SDK only being launched today, Ford have already had 1,000 AppLink submissions from developers of brand new apps, or those looking to modify existing ones to make the most of the SYNC features.

GoCycle 2 from Karbon Kinetics on the way

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Karbon Kinetics have announced that they are working on a next generation model of their impressive GoCycle bicycle range.

Lightwieght and portable, the GoCycle has garnered many fans thanks to it's one-button access to electric propulsion, giving riders an extra boost when they are tired or hitting a steep incline. Or just want to cheat in a race.

Karbon Kinetics founder and GoCycle designer Richard Thorpe has now revealed that a revamped version of the GoCycle, dubbed the G1.5, will hit streets in 2012, with a full G2 model released sometime in 2013.

Thorpe explained the importance of vehicles like the GoCycle, "By 2030, urban areas will be home to more than 60% of the projected world population of 8 billion people, putting tremendous pressure on the environment, as well as public infrastructure that is already struggling to meet the growing demand for transportation and basic services.

"This increasing pressure will drive a paradigm shift in city transportation, and a new breed of sustainable personal urban transportation will emerge. Our long-term vision is to be a leader in this market with Gocycle: cool, green electric transport for an affordable price."

Nissan have today lifted the covers off their new LEAF design, the world's first purpose-built 100% electric family car.

Clocking up 100 miles for just £2.50's worth of power, and requiring only half an hour to get an 80% battery charge, it's green credentials and budget benefits are plain to see.

The timing also couldn't be better for the LEAF's UK reveal. With the Government's just-announced 1p tax increase on fuel set to hit driver's pockets hard, many may be swayed more than ever towards the benefits of electric vehicles.

Research consultancy, Frost & Sullivan forecasts more than 100,000 sales of EVs in the UK by 2015, and the LEAF itself already has one high-profile fan in the shape of cycling star Lance Armstrong.

"Anytime you talk about technology -- if it's a computer, or if it's a phone, or if it's a bicycle -- you always talk about 'next level,'" says Armstrong.  Next level is the stuff that just blows you away. The LEAF was just really, in my opinion, what I would call next level."

The public will be able to see the car for the first time at the Innovation Station at today at London's O2 Arena, before driving off on a nationwide tour.

The free exhibition also features fun driving sims, a virtual car design programme for budding engineers and interactive games that show visitors how electric vehicles can change the way people will drive and live in the future.

Here's the hard facts about the Nissan Leaf, as stated in its press release:

Length: 4445mm

Height: 1550mm

Width:1770mm

Wheelbase: 2770mm

Price: £23,990, including £5,000 Government incentive for ultra-low emission vehicles and the recently announced 20% VAT rate, both to be introduced from January

On sale: March 2011, with reservations available online via www.nissan.co.uk/leaf

Battery Capacity/Power
: 24kWh laminated lithium-ion battery / over 90kW

Electric Motor (power/torque)
: High-response synchronous AC motor (80kW / 280Nm)

Running costs: 2.5p per mile or £2.50 per 100miles

Range: Around 100miles on one charge (US LA4 Mode Test)

Top speed
: 90mph approx

Charging
: Can be charged at home on a regular socket at 13amps

Standard charge: 8-10 hours for standard full charge

Rapid charge
: 30 minutes for rapid charge to 80% state of charge

Design: LEAF is a purpose-built electric vehicle, not an existing model that has been modified to house battery technology

Innovation
: Integrated Smartphone control, allowing drivers to interact with the vehicle remotely, including heating and cooling the car and monitoring its charging process. Touch-screen satellite navigation showing distance available on current charge and location of nearest charging points

Additional benefits: No VED car tax or London congestion charge. Further tax benefits include no benefit In Kind tax (fuel and car) for company car user-choosers and no National Insurance Contributions for fleet managers.

The Routemaster wasn't just a bus; it was an iconic example of industrial engineering-cum-aesthetic tour de force which was every bit as important to Londoners and tourists alike as Big Ben, Carnaby Street in the swinging sixites and the dear old Queen Mum.

Launching in 1954 and built by the Associated Equipment Company, it became a recognisable worldwide symbol of London, adorning postcards and becoming the must-have holiday snap for international visitors.

So when Transport for London began retiring the buses from service in 2003, they were met with public outcry. The decision to scrap the big red bus was made even more painful when its replacement was revealed; the shoddy bendy bus, prone to spontaneous combustion, fare-bunkers and the most horrifying night-bus journeys you can possibly imagine.

So to appease the angry mob, TFL commissioned a re-design of the Routemaster, the fruits of which were today unveiled by Mayor Boris Johnson.

And you know what? It ain't half bad.

Ok, to be fair, it was never going to beat the original design. Everyone has fond memories of jumping onto the open back of the Routemaster and grabbing the ridiculously long tickets from the conductor.

But in terms of making the most of the technology available these days and keeping as many of the old features intact as possible, it's a success. There are now three doors (front, middle and the classic jump-on platform, which can be shut off completely if no conductor is present), a second staircase that now has windows as you ascend, larger windows across the whole of the bus, a curved finish and a hybrid engine to please the green conscious.

So what do you think? Good enough to drive proudly alongside the Routemasters of yesteryear, or a disaster as embarrassing as Boris Johnson's barnet?

To help you decide check out our gallery at the bottom of this post, and then leave your vote in our poll.


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TomTom Go Live 1000 launched

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TomTom Go Live 1000.jpgTomTom has launched its latest flagship GPS system, the TomTom Go Live 1000. With a design more in line with a smartphone than an in-car sat-nav, it's a bold move by the company currently battling the influx of mobile applications muscling in on their turf.

The TomTom Go Live 1000 features a capacitive touchscreen, an ARM 11 500Mhz processor, 128 MB RAM, Broadcom GPS, 4GB of storage, and enough battery power for 3 hours of continual use from a single charge.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes introduced in this model is how customisable it is. Based on the webkit platform, users will be able to add features as they see fit from third party developers. There's plenty of potential here - imagine add-ons for the best ways to avoid the traffic queues into music festival sites or football grounds, or adjustable menus tailored to different TomTom users needs.

There is also a greater focus on localisation features, meaning the content most relevant to you is given priority.

The windshield clip also gets a once-over. The unit is now held in place by a strong magnet. Handy for removing it quickly when in a hurry, but I have visions of it flying off and whacking you in the face if your car is involved in an accident.

The model will ship with 12 months worth of LIVE services, which includes IQ routes and TomTom HD Traffic real time jam updates.

Set to be available in 33 countries, no pricing details have been announced yet.

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BestBuyLogo.jpgBest Buy, the massive US tech retailer, are opening stores in the UK this week, with the first opening in Lakeside on the 30th April. But it's not just hard-drives and gadgets for sale; Best Buy UK are set to carve out a niche for themselves by offering a fairly extensive range of green, electric powered vehicles.

The electric bicycle range will include the GoCycle, Ultramotor and Moore and Large's iZip bikes. There will also be electric motorbikes on sale, including the Enertia, and the Urban Citi, Urban Tourer and Classic electric scooters from Xero Tech.

For those with a fair-bit more cash to burn, Best Buy will also be "showcasing" the Tesla Roadster electric car (a steal at £87,000) and the more affordable Citroen C1 ev'ie.

Click the image below to fire up our gallery of what Best Buy has to offer.

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Martin Jetpack.jpgA great story coming in from The Sun today; personal jetpacks are on their way, and will set you back £50,000. That's a fairly reasonable price to pay for some sci-fi wish fulfillment if you ask me.

The Martin Aircraft Company are behind the jetpack, which has now secured enough investment to go into commercial-scale production of the gear.

The packs have been masterminded by inventor Glenn Martin who unveiled his machine for the first time in July 2009. He said to The Sun that "This could be life-saving stuff. For us this is an excellent commercial step. We have somebody who is willing to put £8m on the table because they believe there is a sizeable market in their country."

Capable of travelling 30 miles in 30 minutes on a full tank of fuel, recent tests have seen the latest model reach heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph.

Plenty of real world uses here, including everything from emergency services support to eye-in-the-sky mobile sports coverage. Best start saving those pennies.

solCHAT.gifThough it may seem a long way away yet, the Spring sunshine will soon be creeping around the corner. What better way to ring in the warmer seasons then than with this solar-powered Bluetooth speakerphone?

The Scosche-built solCHAT features an integrated solar panel that will soak up the rays into a Lithium-ion battery, storing the energy ready to use for up to a year. A discrete suction cup means that you can pop the hands-free kit on your dashboard, leaving it to bask in the sunshine through your windscreen and allowing you to legally chat and drive.

Kas Alves, Executive Vice President, Scosche Industries comments: "Motorists who use hand-held mobile phones while driving can face a fixed penalty fine of £60 and three points added to their license. The solCHAT solves this problem and helps users lower their impact on the environment at the same time."

The kit also features voice commands, compatible with many handsets including the iPhone, meaning you can access and call all you contacts hands-free.

The solCHAT costs £59.99, available from www.eoutlet.co.uk .

CES 2010: Final Thoughts

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las vegas sign.jpgThe Consumer Electronics show, the behemoth of tech, the Valhalla of gadgetry, has come and gone for yet another year. But this time, rather than arriving with a bang, it slinked into sight with something more like a whimper.

CES 2010 had really had the wind knocked out of it before it had even got into the ring this year. All eyes were already on Apple and their rumoured Tablet in the run up to the event, despite the fact that Apple are traditionally a no-show at CES, instead planning their own top-secret unveiling at the end of January. Likewise, Google delivered a sucker-punch in the shape of the Nexus One, their flagship handset revealed at their own event on the eve of CES 2010's opening.

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To make matter's worse, Microsoft's opening keynote speech (delivered by walking personality drain Steve Ballmer) was pretty darn dull. First a power cut, then a load of waffle on the 2 month old Windows 7, Ballmer hardly seemed to be trying to keep our attention. Though the Christmas release date for Project Natal was welcome news, it revealed nothing new about the device, whilst the partnership with Hewlett Packard for the new Slate device seemed merely like a case of keeping-up with the Joneses. Or should that be the Jobs-es?

But the Las Vegas event wasn't without its highlights. Far from it in fact. Maybe it's the recession, or the generally pocket-pinching mood in the air these days, but for once the most sought after tech wasn't in the realms of dreamy aspiration, but was actually fairly affordable.

Take for instance the brand new 3D TVs on show, of which the Sony BRAVIA XBR-52HX900 (video above, courtesy of Ashley) was the pick of the litter. Finally shaping up to the standards set by its cinema siblings, company reps promised that the average 3D TV will cost little more than a top-end Full HD set. Skype and video calling in many TV sets too will help turn your living room into somewhere the Jetsons could only dream of.

E-readers are also looking to be both big and affordable in 2010. As a comic book fanatic I'd have liked to have seen more attempts at a colour screened e-reader (I'm not including the MSI offering, which is really just a dual-touch screened PC, super-cool as it is). Plastic Logic's Que Pro e-reader looked great though, with a massive, durable screen, and was far lighter than the hundreds of books you'd be able to store on the tabloid-sized device.

There were, of course, tablets aplenty. The dual-booting Viliv P3 may be an underdog in the category, but seemed way more exciting than Microsoft's offering. The offer of both Windows and Android on the same device showed a respect for user choice not often seen in the back-slapping world of consumer tech.

There was still time for fun too. The Parrot AR Drone Quadricopter was fun and fresh, combining real-world toys with augmented reality controls. A little less high-tech but full of retro-chic was the Lasonic i931 iPhone dock/ghetto blaster mash-up. Odd's on its at the top of Flava Flav's Christmas list. And there was still some time for the weird and the plain old dumb, too.

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Though less prevalent than other years, there were some great examples of brand new tech on show that were genuinely exciting. A real head-turner and my favourite item of the show was the Light Blue Optic Light Touch. Using a pico projection engine and a touch sensitive sensor, it'll turn any flat surface into a touchscreen. It works ridiculously well despite still being in the development stages, and has almost unlimited potential.

Some detractors say that, recession or not, CES looks to be on its last legs. It's sad, but not unlikely, when you consider the audiences that companies like Apple and Google can command for just a single product launch. However, for emerging companies like Light Blue Optics CES is still vital to gain some exposure, not to mention the fact that such a prominent date in the calendar forces the tech giants to have made some significant, competitive advances in their gear, year-on-year.

So here's hoping the old dog's got a bit of life left in it yet. Hopefully next year will kick off the recessionary cobwebs and kick the show back into high-tech gear. It wouldn't take much to tempt us back to the City of Sin once more.

Click here for full CES 2010 pre-show, day one, day two and day three round-ups.

CES 2010: Day 3 Round-Up

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ces 2010 day three.jpgAnother day, another Tech Digest CES 2010 round-up. Fancy Tweeting hands-free in your car or controlling your PC by breathing? Check today's top stories below and find out how.

Twitter coming to Ford cars
The digital equivalent of drink-driving?

Motorola announce Backflip Android Phone
Hinged smartphone is Motorola's big CES 2010 offering


Ion launch the iType full QWERTY keyboard add-on for the iPhone

Making the portable unwieldy

Vuzix demo Wrap 920AR Augmented Reality visor
Turning your trip to the shops into a scene out of Robocop

Zyxio's new breathing-based PC controller, the Sensawaft
Affordable accessibility gadget, perfect for disabled PC users

3D gaming headed to the Palm family
Apple isn't the only mobile now capable of some hardcore gaming action

Is the Viliv P3 the underdog tablet to look out?
Dual-booting tablet is looking very tasty indeed

Razer and Sixense bring motion gaming to the PC
But will it catch on within the incredibly competitive PC gaming peripheral market?

UK getting the Dell Mini 3i
Android phone hitting UK shores in the not-so-distant-future

Video- Armour Home Q2 Tilt Internet radio
Innovative and simple radio from Brit-based Armour

Video - "World's smallest Windows PC" the UMID M Book 1
It makes a gnat's bum look big. Well...not quite. But you get the idea

Video- Casio's Digital Art Frame
Making all those dodgy Facebook snaps look good

Video - The coolest retro iPhone hi-fi ever, Lasonic's i931
Bring 80's boom box street-chic bang up to date

Video - Toshiba's Cell TV that is controlled by hand gestures
Innovative tech, but it makes you look a bit of an idiot; not sure I want a work out in front of the telly

Video - Sony's BRAVIA XBR-52HX900 3D TV

Their flagship 3D set is a stunner

Video - Panasonic's 3D camera
Bet the adult-entertainment industry cant wait to get its mitts on this one

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CES 2010: Twitter coming to Ford cars

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twitter ford.jpgIf texting and driving is bad, surely Twitter in-car is the alcohol of motoring digital no-nos? That's not the case according to Ford's Chief Exceutive Alan Mulally, who confirmed Twitter will be integrated into their in-car Sync system, and that it will be done with the utmost attention to safety.

Ford claim that by using the Sync system to connect up to a 3G-enabled mobile, motorists will be able to keep their hand on the wheel and their focus on the road rather than handsets. There's also talk of voice-recognition input for tweeting, as well as having a sat-nav style voice read out incoming tweets to drivers.

US road safety group the AAA remain unconvinced however: "The more things that are going on in a vehicle, the more things that can distract a driver" a rep stated.

Via: Electric Pig

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car radio.jpgDAB radio has been dealt a huge blow as satellite radio group Ondas Media has brokered a deal to provide satellite radios to car manufacturers such as BMW and Nissan.

Ondas boss Dave Krueger has seen the move as a pivotal step towards challenging the supremacy of the DAB format, with 150 new channels planned for the satellite service in 2012.

The success of both satellite and DAB radio in part relies on the backing of the car manufacturing industry. While Vauxhall and Ford have offered DAB radios to their drivers, other companies have been more sceptical of the format, as so far it has only been widely adopted by UK users. With many car manufacturers working on a pan-European business model, the lack of a universal DAB standard has seen the motor industry reluctant to commit to the DAB format.

However, satellite radio's position looks to be strengthened further beyond the BMW and Nissan partnerships, with Audi, Mazda, Toyota, Jaguar and Honda all expected to adopt the format.

Jazz FM are also preparing a satellite-tailored station for the service, planning specialised content for the format.

Satellite radio does offer many benefits to radio fans. The technology produces no interference, with broadcasts available across the globe. Playlists stored on PC s can also be accessed and played via the radio.

However, the Ondas satellite radio service will be subject to a subscription fee, costing roughly £9 a month to access.

Satellite radio is already a huge success stateside, with Krueger heavily involved in the popular satellite subscription service Sirius.

Via: The Telegraph

As if the Segway wasn't daft enough, look out for the Yike Bike, weaving its way into oncoming traffic next year.

Designed for urban travel, it's able to reach a top speed of 20km/h, weighs 9.8 kilograms, and can fold up for easy transportation when not in use. It all looks a little bit dangerous, coming across a bit like a tech-savvy clown's unicycle.

That said, it's not half as mad as the roller-blade suit below. I know which one I'd prefer...


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