Recently Apple has been shaking up the digital imaging space. There are persistent rumors that the upcoming line of iPods, probably coming in September, will have a camera and/or camcorder features. Indeed the iPhone is quickly becoming the "camera" of choice for photos on Flickr, and some are speculating that video-shooting iPhones (and possibly iPods) could hurt the Flip Mino and it's kind. Of course what many forget is that Apple isn't a newcomer to the camera market. In fact, the company released one of the first consumer digital cameras a decade and a half … Read more
The Motorlet M-701 runs on kerosene and puts out 1,962 pounds of thrust at 15,500 rpm.
"Raptor--Born in Baja," will premiere at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, Calif., before an audience of more than 500 automotive and off-road motorsports executives, entertainment industry notables and members of the press.
The documentary follows Ford designers, engineers, and race program directors, along with Foutz Motorsports and other aftermarket organizations, as they construct, test, and unveil the new F-150 SVT Raptor to the automotive world by entering it in the grueling 631-mile Baja … Read more
It may sound easy enough, but don't try this at home. To test the performance of new pressure-based air bag sensors equipped on the 2010 Taurus and 2009 Ford F150, Ford engineers have employed equipment more commonly found in shopping malls than in laboratories, such such as water cannons, basket balls, shopping carts.
Unconventional as these tests may seem in a state-of-the-art testing facility, it's exactly what these vehicles might encounter in the real world and what engineers need to test against.
As part an effort to achieve the highest safety ratings, Ford has replaced acceleration-based sensors with pressure-based sensors that more accurately measure the severity of a crash.
These new air bag pressure sensors, according to Ford, have several advantages over air bags equipped with acceleration-based sensors: they deploy 30 percent faster, perform better in new federal side-impact and oblique-impact tests, are less likely to be affected by vehicle design differences, and give designers more flexibility because they take up less space. … Read more
A fully electric passenger vehicle from Ford is still a couple years away, but in the mean time, Plug-In Motors --a Missouri-based start up-- has been developing the process and technology to convert existing Mustangs and F150 trucks their current conventional powertrain to one that's all-electric.
But the cost of this environmentally conscious move doesn't come cheap. These comprehensive conversions can cost $75,000 for a Mustang or F150 with an 85-mile range or $125,000 for a 200-mile range.
The high price tag is a result of the top-of-the-line components used by Plug-in Motors, says CEO Kurt … Read more