There is a lots of talk these days about computers in cars, but it mostly refers to the technology in the vehicle's drivetrain, GPS navigation device, or active safety systems. When are we going to see a real computer in the car, you ask: one that can browse the Web, edit Word docs, and perform all the functions of a desktop. Jensen has an answer to that question with the NVX3000PC, on show at SEMA 2007. The portable device has a 7-inch touch-screen display and comes with a Windows Vista operating system, a 30GB internal hard drive, an integrated … Read more
The 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge represents a new frontier in autonomous vehicle technology. We were live onsite for the final of this year's event, which saw 11 robot cars compete in a six-hour contest in a simulated urban environment, complete with traffic, intersections, and parking lots. The rolling robots varied from a driverless 12-ton Oshkosh truck to an autonomous Toyota Prius. Check out our video diary from this weekend's event.
Panasonic is using this year's SEMA show to launch the CN-GP50U, its first portable navigation device. The CN-GP50U features a 5-inch touch-screen display and comes with text-to-speech technology for reading out road names when under route guidance. A real-time traffic service from Clear Channel is available on the device with the purchase of a separate receiver. It also comes with built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and an industrial-strength in-car mount. Check out our first look.
After covering three Maker Faires over the last year and a half, one thing has become clear: there are one heck of a lot of people out there who like to make things.
For many people, this means toiling away in a garage, or a small workroom, using whatever tools they have handy. But there are limitations on what most people can make simply because they don't have that many tools and certainly don't have easy access to industrial fabrication tools.
Well, if you're in or near Silicon Valley, you may not know that you already have … Read more
Halloween is the one day of the year when it's OK to go all-out on a geeky costume. CNET News.com reporter Caroline McCarthy gave us 10 suggestions for techie Halloween costumes this year.
While we editors didn't see any dancing Mark Cubans or software pirates (believe us, we kept our eyes peeled), we did see a pair of LOLCats, a Nintendo Wii avatar, and...Facebook. Brace yourself for our techie Halloween slide show, and start your planning for next year.
The clean-technology revolution will likely make a lot of people in Silicon Valley rich, but it's also going to help bring back some of the factory jobs that have disappeared.
Why? Weight, for one thing, explains Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials, which recently landed $50 million in funding to build factories for its eco-friendly drywall.
Although labor is cheaper in China, shipping costs are going up, primarily because of fossil fuels.
"You could spend $2 to $3 a panel just to ship it (drywall), and that's just to get it to the dock. You'd then … Read more
NEC has announced a wideband wearable antenna that you can attach to your clothes to supplement the signal when reception is poor. Or when you want to look like an insect.
The mobile antenna uses a conductive fabric that can be attached to garments or other items, and folded up for easy carrying. NEC says the wearable antenna works equally well in open spaces and when situated close to the signal-impeding human frame.
NEC will first test the antenna to receive digital TV broadcasts between the 470 and 770MHz frequency bands, but the principle lends itself to other applications, which … Read more
With almost 7,000 apps, Facebook has something for every kind of techie, from gamer to geek to gadgeteer. Here's a quick look at some custom-made apps self-respecting technophiles just shouldn't be without.
1. The Official 100 Question Geek Test: If you have a poster of the chemical elements, know the difference between Ubuntu and Debian, or have ever looked for Easter Eggs on a DVD, this is just the quiz for you. Go ahead, let your outer outcast shine!… Read more
MSN is going green.
No, I don't mean that it has decided to compost all its Starbucks grounds. And I'm sure it's had recycle bins on more than PCs for a while.
The Microsoft-owned Web site has launched MSN Green, a site for all kinds of environmental news and information. Partners include Conservation International, National Geographic and Grist, an edgy environmental news site.
The initial content is a mixed bag. There was an interesting article on whether extended daylight saving time actually equates to energy savings, but also more iffy concepts, such as a story on how much wood is used … Read more
I'd like to pass along a press release from one of my favorite Silicon Valley start-ups. It's a place you can go to make chips... but I'd better explain that.
A lot of people do woodworking at home. The equipment is moderately priced and there's plenty of support available from TV shows such as Norm Abram's New Yankee Workshop on PBS and a variety of woodworking shows on the DIY Network.
But for those of us who like working with metal instead of wood, things aren't so simple. The equipment, for example, is much … Read more