This kid is awesome. I see an upcoming drifter…
For the car nuts, check out these coasters in the shape of disk brakes. With red calipers, the rotors are slotted and cross drilled…well, sorta. For ~$42 USD via Imaginaire, they come in a set of six.
It would have been awesome if the coasters were actual metal and drilled, but then if it had holes they wouldn’t be coasters…
Via: Nerd Approved
Remember the Disappearing Pool Table back in November? Well, the Cardok is kinda like the same thing, except that it’s for cars. Apparently, the Cardok is the next “must have” for the folks in London. According to the Cardok website, its small foot print allows you to pretty much pick any spot on your drive way to install the elevator. If you have a spot big enough to park a car, you’re all set! One more video after the jump.
General Motors and Segway have partnered to make the P.U.M.A., which can be best described as a two-wheeled urban personal transport vehicle. In a nutshell, it is exactly like a Segway, except you’re sitting on your ass. So, how do you drive the thing, you ask? Simple. Just push the center console away from you to go forward, and towards you to brake. The P.U.M.A. (just like the Segway) maintains its balance by using gyroscopes:
It uses an array of angular rate sensors and accelerometers to determine the orientation and motion of the vehicle’s platform. As the platform leans forward, the balance sensor assembly notices and responds by requesting power to the motors to drive the wheels forward to maintain balance.
Okay, at first glance, I thought the dude was going to drive his 2004 Mazda RX-8 around the block with his iPod Touch. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), Johnathan Oxer did not. Instead, the iPod Touch is used to lock/unlock the doors, start/stop the engine, open the trunk, and view the car’s telemetry data in real time (RPM, vehicle speed, coolant temperature, throttle position, battery voltage, fuel level, etc). He can even use Google Maps to determine the location of the car. Video after the break.
Nothing like a little Sunday humor. Check out this two guys drive off in half an Audi. I know the economy is in turmoil these days, but is it really this bad?
Something tells me that this can’t be street legal…
“The Hand” R/C Window Sign allows drivers to display hand gestures to other drivers signaling their thanks or anger. Using electroluminescent technology and a little bit of animation, “The Hand” basically applies to your car’s back window able to display seven different hand gestures at the press of a button. You’ve got: I love you, Hang Loose, Devil Horns, The Bird, Loser, Power, and Peace gestures available for use. So, the next time some idiot cuts you off on the freeway, just slam the gas pedal to the floor and cut the asshole right back while switching to “The Bird” gesture. Flip him off without lifting your hands off the wheel (not that I endorse road rage, though).
Only in Japan will you see street theater like this. Call them crazy, but the odd scene is actually a promotional stunt for Toyota’s latest super-compact car, the iQ. Using a building’s vertical side wall as a stage, the actors gleefully walk and dance along the side of the building (attached to a safety harness of course) with their umbrellas, all while the Toyota iQ remains parked. I don’t quite understand the advertisement, and unfortunately, the Toyota iQ can’t drive up a wall. Photo gallery of the car after the break…