BMW’s been teasing us with its vision for electric motoroing for years, and today, folks, the trend continues. The German automaker has unveiled two concepts from its upcoming i sub-brand: the city-dwelling i3 and a rehashed version of its i8. This is the first time we’ve officially seen the smaller of the two, as the car formerly known as the Megacity had only been spied in an official render and during routine testing at the arctic circle. It’ll haul four peeps with its 150km range (around 100 miles) and accelerate from 0-60mph in around 8 seconds. As for those with range anxiety, the German company will soothe such fears with an optional range-extending motor dubbed “REx.” Either variant could land in your garage in 2013, where you’ll be able top them up in 6 hours with a standard socket, or up to eighty percent in an hour if you’re rocking a spiffy high capacity charger.
The i8, which you’ll recall for its radical aerodynamic design and hybrid diesel-electric drivetrain, has received a bevy of aerodynamic tweaks and junked its oil burner, opting for a gasoline one instead. Engine swap aside, the sporty coupé apparently drinks only 2.7 liters per 100km — 87 mpg (!) for yanks — which is unreal in a car that’ll accelerate to 62mph in 4.6 seconds. Sound too good to be true? We’ll have to wait until 2014 to see if München can make good on those promises, but in the meantime feel free to peruse the galleries, videos, and PR after the break.
Gallery: BMW i Family
BMW unveils new i3 and revamped i8 concepts, we await our automotive future (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The James Dyson Awards for young inventors are always a treasure trove of fresh ideas and up-and-coming innovators – so we caught up with 8 of the Australian finalists and got them each to deliver us a 2-minute ‘elevator pitch’ explaining their designs and the inspiration behind them. The videos after the jump highlight some of our favourite entries for this year’s prize, including the winners. See if you can guess which of these young contestants took the prizes!..
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All of us here at CrackBerry are anxiously awaiting a release date for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in North America, but so far we’re not hearing anything concrete. We’ve heard rumor that August 22nd will be the launch date in the UK, and now new word has it that India will be releasing it the second week of August, on the 8th. This will of course be the standard black version of the device, though the same source is reporting that a white version will follow in October.
With all the delays this BlackBerry has seen, it’s nice to finally be seeing it get some release dates. My fingers are crossed now for some news for Canada and the US, as well as for those other as of yet unnanounced devices!
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Virgin Mobile Canada is offering up a smokin’ deal on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100 right now. You can pick one up for just off contract, which is awesome if you’re in need of a new device, or maybe looking for an inexpensive yet feature packed back-to-school present. And since Virgin Mobile offers some great pre-paid options that include BlackBerry data, you don’t have to worry about expensive data overages — or jut unlock it and use it on any other GSM compatible carrier. You can check out the full details on the Virgin Mobile website.
Not too long ago, we brought you news of a rather substantial update for Phantom Music Control. Now, it seems as if XDA forum member Johny_G‘s innovative app has been given a wonderful extension allowing you to control your phone’s music player from the web. While the extension itself wasn’t created by the application developer, it was made by his colleague and friend Jan Knotek.
One potential use for this extension is to allow you to leave your phone docked into your audio system while using your computer to change the audio tracks from a more convenient location.
My colleague and a friend of mine Jan Knotek made a cool extension for my Phantom Music Control and asked me to present it here by myself. Phantom Remote allows you to control your phone’s music player from your web browser.
What is it good for?
It is designed for phones docked with your audio system that is out of reach. Your phone can be connected to repros and you can simply control it from your bed using notebook. It was the same case as Phantom Music Control itself – he made it for his own use and we will see if it catches up.
In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with “Insert Coin” as the subject line.
Many of us who bike in the city ride in constant fear of being tapped by a taxi cab, or crushed by a bus. There’s no way to completely eradicate the risk of being run over by a much larger motorized vehicle, but making yourself easily visible — both at night and during the day — can certainly make a difference. Smart cyclists use hand signals long before they need to make a turn, but the YouTurn signal system aims to make those indicators difficult for drivers to miss, with an accelerometer-based gadget that illuminates an arrow in the direction of your turn. If you want to turn left, for example, simply point your hand to the left, and the device will flash a giant yellow chevron. The prototype you’ll see in the video below is integrated with a glove, though the final version will simply attach to the back of your hand, and can be stored in a bag when you’re not on your bike. There’s no mention of durability or waterproofing, though since the inventor’s objective is to enhance safety, we imagine he’ll be taking precautions to avoid electrocution in the rain.
YouTurn inventory Jack O’Neal launched a Kickstarter page to help fund his project, and is accepting preorders at a pop. There’s no final pricing listed at this point, but at 50 bucks for a first-run YouTurn, we were happy to make the pledge. We hope to see O’Neal meet his funding goal and send these to production, but until then, we’ll keep looking both ways and hoping for the best.
Insert Coin: YouTurn accelerometer-based turn signal system for cyclists originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Jul 2011 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Gallery: Galaxy Tab 8.9 Retail Mode shots
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Retail Mode app makes its debut on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Jul 2011 10:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.