These ARE the droids I’m looking for

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In time for the holidays, Sphero, makers of smartphone controlled toys like Ollie and BB-8, will have R2D2, zooming around your table top, complete with lights, chirps, and retractable third leg.

In case you were wondering what to get me.

 

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DeLorean’s Comeback: Flying Cars

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“Roads? We don’t need roads!”

Paul DeLorean, nephew of the original DeLorean founder, is looking to make good on old Doc’ Brown’s words with DeLorean Aerospace’s DR-7 VTOL.

On the drawing board, this two-seater Vertical Take-off & Landing craft boasts an all‑electric twin engine propulsion system, a 19 foot wingspan, and a range of 120 miles on a single charge.

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what, no gull-wing doors?

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It Must Be April 😉

Google Gnome

Google Maps – Ms Pac-man

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Coca-Cola Helium

All the taste of Coke, all the fun of inhaling a helium balloon and speaking with a squeaky voice.

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Virgin Train Ticket Tattoos

Well, now, says Virgin Trains, customers can get their train ticket permanently tattooed on their body, thanks to the magic of Tick-Ink.

 

Amazon Introduces Petlexia:

 

Burger King Toothpaste

To keep the tasty flavours lasting longer, BURGER KING® has created WHOPPER TOOTHPASTE .

Subway Ice Sandwich Flavored Ice Cream

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And Subway:  “On 1 April 2017, the SUBWAY® brand is launching their first ever ice cream range… inspired by the nation’s most love Subs. The savoury SUBZero range is available in these three delicious flavours for a limited time only:

  • Meatball Marinara
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Tuna

Groupon’s Gin-sauna

 

And for a look back at previous tomfoolery:

 

 

REPOST: How Much Daylight does Daylight Savings Time really save us?

groundhogWhile sleeping in this morning (with the extra hour I gained last night) I consider: 

If, at 2:00 AM I set my clock to 1:00 AM, what happens in 60 mins when 2:00 AM rolls back around?
While pondering this Groundhog's day-esque vicious cycle, I invite you to re-read this post about the (un)importance of Daylight Savings Time

This weekend, many of us once again resumed standard time. Wondering if it’s worth it? This Interactive chart will help you apply some personal perspective to the argument for or against Daylight Savings Time.

Click here to view DST Interactive Chart at Quartz.com

DST Interactive

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Happy Birthday, VisiCalc!

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Excel, wish your granddad a happy birthday  🎂

 

 

BMW iDriver Assisted Motorcycle

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Driverless Motorcycles? Of course not!

The growth autonomous vehicles suggests that car drivers have lost of zeal of driving cars. And who can blame us; sitting in traffic on the 101; refereeing a backseat spate between siblings, parallel parking. None of these activities amount to the ZoomZoom we associate (or would like to associate) with driving. Car driving is more chore than a recreation. We like to envision the joy of ‘the open road’ experience as similiar sailing the open seas. However, the pothole congested reality of it is you experience is less sailboat, and more schoolfish..mirthlessly following the other fish..in a dull and narrow stream

Motorcycles, conversely, have always been about the thrill of the ride. The experience begs and rewards independent control. Traffic? So what? Watch that biker cut between lanes like 660 horsepowered knife through butter. Freedom? Certainly more so than their quad-wheeled cousins. But is it safe? Well, there is a reason why helmets are required, and other protection strongly advised. Into this valley between safety and freedom, enters BMW’s vision of future of motorcycling.

Artificial Intelligence = Autonomy, Safety & Sexy*
*Although Safe-Autonomous-Sexy makes for a better acronym

BMW’s new concept motorcycle merges some driver assist safety features with a cool sleek sexy look, sure to turn heads.

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Welcome the zero-emission, electric powered smartbike of the future; The Motorrad Vision Next 100. This bike’s smart systems will anticipate the road ahead and offer the rider guidance on what to do to manage incident avoidance and can even step in and take over if necessary. The self-balancing system is designed to prevent tip-over both while in motion as well as when standing still.

Helmet? Shmelmet!

A ride this safe has little need for a helmet (what!?). Replacing that clunky piece of hardware is a lightweight visor.

This visor not only serves as a windshield, but also overlays important information on the HUD, like anticipated twists and turns, traffic, nearest Wendy’s.

This is a long way from drawing board to road, and no word yet on pricing.

Can Tron Litghtcycles really be that far behind?

Row, Row, Robo-Boat: Amsterdam’s Self-Driving Boats

“I want to go to there.”

The self-driving movement is coming to Amsterdam’s canals. Researchers are planning to launch “roboats” to traverse the Dutch capital’s canals next year, part of a five-year project to test the self-driving vessels’ ability to transport people and goods in a city whose area is about one-quarter water.

For more, follow this link to Quartz article.