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Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar unleashed a truly wild concept car, the C-X75.

Built as a platform to show the future direction of Jaguar and also to celebrate it’s 75th anniversary, the C-X75 takes the idea of an environmentally friendly supercar in a whole new direction.

The C-X75 can operate much like the Chevy Volt, it can be a strictly plug in electric car, in this case with a 70 mile range, it can also drive on gasoline for 560 miles. Perhaps the most unique thing about the car is the power plant. The C-X75’s 778 horsepower propulsion system combines 195 horsepower electric motors at each wheel plus two mid mounted micro gas turbines. These can either generate 188 horsepower to charge the batteries and extend the range of the car, or when in Track mode provide supplemental power directly to the electric motors. The four electric motors provide torque vectored, all wheel drive traction and grip for the combined 778 horsepower and 1180 ft/lb of torque.

Here is a video which talks about the design of the car, plus the full press release:

 

Jaguar C-X75 Overview

“Performance through innovation has always been a Jaguar hallmark. From the beginning, cars such as the C-Type and D-Type pioneered aluminium construction, aerodynamic design, racing monocoques and disc brakes. The C-X75 demonstrates that the company is still leading the field in automotive design and technology.”
Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover

 

Japanese Museum’s “Co-Draw” interface design looks frustrating for adults, but a good way to keep the kids busy

Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation has developed this “Co-Draw” exhibit, whereby people draw on a large surface with a light pen and computers begin manipulating the drawing. It’s a far cry from the functionality of the IloveSketching video we showed you yesterday, but perhaps in ten years or whenever we have interface design down to a science we’ll look back on steps like this, say they were somehow necessary and laugh.

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Canon’s just unveiled its new augmented reality display in Chiba, Japan, and we have to say, we’re thinking about heading over there to check it out… and hopefully experience what it’s like to be eaten (virtually) by a T-Rex. Featuring 260 dinosaur specimens, the display makes us of a virtual reality viewer — one for each person roaming round the exhibit — putting the dinosaurs at a “distance” of about 5 meters. The exhibit will make use of various Canon products, including an inkjet printer, an LCD projector and several different cameras. The dinosaurs will be on display starting July 18th until August 1st, so you probably want to just go ahead and book a flight right now.

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Canon, the event space at the venue of the exhibition, “Dinosaurs over time!” Technology exhibit area Miku strike called reality experience.

Mixed reality technology, video technology, a fancy blend in real time real world and virtual world can be enhanced to visualize the video now realize more than Virtual Reality . In this section, scope and look through the site-wide viewing angle, high-resolution cards developed by Canon, the CG and real space because of the emergence of three-dimensional dinosaurs. Total length of about 5m in front of me like as if you are a real triceratops, you can experience the space filled with a strange feel.

Other venues in the digital SLR camera on the back of large specimens of a large dinosaur MAMENKISAURUSU “EOS 50D” to take visitors, inkjet printer “PIXUS MP630” to present the fly in the photo printing Services conducted in addition to drawing a picture, LCD projector “WUX10” theater with a large camera network “VB-C60” and the live broadcast using the technology and working in various Canon products.

Canon is a special sponsorship for the exhibition, we hope to provide the opportunity to contribute to fostering a spirit of inquiry and imagination in science and biological children.

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“Dinosaur 2009 – Miracle in the Desert” OFISHARUHOMUPEJI http://www.kyoryu.jp

7-01-09hvrediro We’ve seen interesting 3D peripherals like the Novint Falcon combine multi-axis movement and force feedback to create immersive experiences in the past, but a new research project called the H.VR Editor takes the idea to the next level, allowing you to “touch” and interact with CGI objects. Objects respond according to a pre-programmed graph of hardness values, and the system is capable of simulating texture and events like button presses. That should make the system a hit with product developers everywhere, but we’re waiting to see if the folks at DeviceAnywhere pick this up to build the ultimate cellphone testing lab.

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Microsoft has found another customer, and the first carmaker, for its Surface tabletop computer: BMW. The two companies have been working together to develop software for the Surface that makes it easy for car buyers to customize their cars. The German company is hoping to get potential customers excited by putting them in complete control of the features of their future vehicle.

The BMW Product Navigator lets users hand-pick various options using the Surface and then watch a computer-generated video of the inside and outside of their future car on a separate screen. Once a customer is satisfied, he or she can print, e-mail, or save to a USB drive the configuration of their future car. It’s not yet clear when the BMW Product Navigator will be widely available, but so far the product looks promising, according to a video that demonstrates the product in action:

The application was written for BMW by VectorForm

The prototype PS3 controller is able to track precise movements, and even recognise the speed and power of gestures.

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Sony has unveiled motion-sensitive controller for the PS3 console at E3 2009 Photo: REUTERS

Sony’s controller uses a PlayStation Eye camera to communicate with the controller, which has a glowing sphere on the end that the camera uses to triangulate the position and movement of the wand. The controller was demonstrated as Sony unveiled its forthcoming line-up of video games at E3 2009.

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It also features buttons which can double as a trigger, to turn the wand in to a virtual weapon, and internal motion sensors which give it the ability to track movements to an accuracy of within 7mm.

“Motion-control gaming has been a phenomenon over the last few years,” said Jack Tretton, president of Sony Computer Entertainment of America. “This technology will continue to grow in many ways. We’re trying to create an experience which is much closer to real life than anything you’ve ever seen.”

The engineers behind the motion-control project said they had been working on the interface technology for several years, and hoped the device would bring a new set of experience to PlayStation 3 games.

In a demonstration of the prototype wand, an engineer was able to wield a sword, shoot a gun and fire arrows at enemies. Sony emphasised that the wand wouldn’t just be useful for more fun, casual games, but would also provide a “fantastic” experience for hardcore gamers who enjoy first-person shooters or driving games.

Sony gave no indication of when the wand would be commercially available, but the demonstration comes just a day after Microsoft revealed its own motion-control technology, codenamed Project Natal.

Microsoft’s system requires no controller at all, and instead uses a camera to map the movements of players on-screen.

Both Sony and Microsoft are keen to appeal to a more casual audience of gamers, who have previously been attracted to Nintendo’s Wii console, which uses a motion-sensitive controller. Nintendo said it had sold more than 50 million Wiis worldwide since its launch in 2006.

LONDON – Consumers will be given the chance to control and change the advertising display on digital LCD screens via their iPhones.
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CBS Outdoor has partnered with Clusta, the digital creative agency, to develop a new advertising platform, launched yesterday, which connects a consumer’s iPhone to the display via WiFi or 3G.

By swiping in either direction on the iPhone’s touchscreen, users can make the object in the digital poster spin to the left or right, and users can also make the display change colour.

Also by using the “pinch” and “stretch” finger gestures on the iPhone, consumers will be able to zoom in or out of the object displayed on the screen.

The platform was showcased at the Media Playground conference and exhibition in London yesterday, and CBS plans to roll it out on LCD screens in Westfield shopping centre, depending on advertiser take-up.

The technology can also be developed for other smart phones and can include SMS interactivity to receive more information about the product.

Russell Townsend, the managing director at Clusta, said: “This revolutionary platform showcases the huge potential that exists for digital outdoor to use emerging technologies to captivate consumers in its unique environments – digital outdoor is an incredibly innovative medium and as an industry we are really just scratching the surface of the weird and wonderful ways it can engage.”

Lee Cutter, the head of retail sales at CBS Outdoor, said: “With the flexibility of our digital portfolio in terms of day-part and location-based targeting, we’ve delivered some excellent strategic solutions for our clients.”

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Despite being oh-so-promising years ago, we’ve seen little innovation in the RFID space over the past several months. Today, however, CenTrak’s proving that the dream is still somewhat alive. The outfit has just introduced the planet’s thinnest hybrid active Radio Frequency Identification tag, which is said to be so thin that it’s almost “indistinguishable from a standard employee badge.” The IT-740 Staff Badge checks in at just three millimeters thick and includes a trio of programmable buttons, a system controlled LED, hole mounts for portrait or landscape orientation, water resistance for easy cleaning and “ultra long battery-life.” For employees, rocking one of these guarantees that your superior will recognize every step you take, every move you make and every bond you break. Which, sadly enough, isn’t nearly as bodacious as The Police make it sound. Bonus coverage after the break.

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The Senseware exhibition in the Triennale during this year’s design week in Milan showed a wide range of installations exploring new technological fibers and their respective potential applications. One was mintdesign’s “to be someone”: breathing masks that are literally masks to disguise yourself as a chimpanzee or put up a “beautifully proportioned face”. So, if the human race is – as we are continually being told on the news – being doomed, then at least we can all go down with a certain style and irony… maybe a “Miss Piggy” mask would be most appropriate in the current situation?!

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Watch the video to see more from this great exhibition:

Imagine how the new artificial fibers that have evolved through the application of high technology will spur humans to a new wave of creation. Some of these fibers are as fine as individual cells, some are more pliant than rubber, and some are electrically conductive like metals. This exhibition is an attempt to visualize some of the domains that the new Senseware can open up. Ideas were sought from architects and designers of all ilks, automobile and electrical appliance manufacturers, media artists, and even a flower artist. The exhibition represents an intersection of technology materials, and talent, all oriented towards future manufacturing.

The rest of Senseware exhibition video:

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Japan got the first crack at Dell’s new multitouch all-in-one Studio One 19 in March, but it’s finally headed our way. As expected, prices start at $699, with a Pentium E5200 Dual Core processor, GeForce 9200 integrated graphics, a 320GB HDD, 2GB of RAM and a slot-loading DVD burner in the low-end. Built-in webcams and multitouch features are present across the board. Check out a video of the multitouch functionality after the break: nothing much beyond the usual gimmicks, though we’re a fan of letting your kid lay down beats with his jam-covered fingers — that’s true love.