When our long-term ToyARTa Hilux left, it was like losing a friend. I don't care how pathetic or clichéd it sounds, it's the truth. Alex and I actually watched it disappear from sight outside the office, the Pop Bang Colour paint job causing the public to double take for the very last time. It's funny how quickly you get used to driving a car that stops people in their tracks; an Invincible Hilux splashed in multicolour paint, jacked up, complete with roof rack, winch, and snorkel did just that in a city where Astons and … Read more
I always thought the FR+ Leons were the best of the "hot" Leons. They offered the perfect balance of chassis and power -- the normal FR cars were a touch underpowered, more "mum spec" if you will. The Cupra R? Well, 250+ bhp is great and all that, but it felt like it was too much for the car. Don't get me wrong, I loved the rush of speed, the induction noise (even though it was slightly artificial -- tsk tsk), and the ridiculousness of its body kit. It was a bit like a rich … Read more
It used to be that if you wanted your butt to buzz along with the action in the latest Michael Bay explosion-fest blockbuster, you had to go to a fancy theater equipped with Tremor FX seats. Now, you can enjoy the same good, good, good vibrations in the comfort of your own home.
RedSeat Entertainment has just launched Tremor FX Home using the same technology found in select high-tech movie theaters. Pulsating actuators embedded in the chair are triggered by the sounds from movies or video games.… Read more
Very few things about "get up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday and drive to a bit of concrete in Rugby" appeal. First, there's the hour, then the day, then the "desolate bit of ground" bit. If it were a palace of gold and rubies I'd be there before 5 a.m., not just stirring. Still, I had good reason for an early start: Autosolo.
Autosolo is one of the newer grassroots motorsports doing the rounds, and it's surprisingly simple. It's a simpler version of Autotesting, a sport that sees specially … Read more
Between crowded airports, winter delays, and luggage loaded with gifts, holiday travel can be stressful. But with a little planning, you can make your trip a little easier from start to finish. So rather than gathering up a collection of apps that help you book flights, we decided to make a different kind of travel collection.… Read more
Not all home theaters are created equal, and the following $2 million Dark Knight-themed setup is in a different league altogether.
Designed by Elite Home Theater Seating for a client in California, the custom Batcave theater features six full-size bat suits; a command and control center; and even an authentic Tumbler replica. While information on the actual A/V hardware is very limited, we do know that movies are projected on a massive 180-inch cinemascope screen. … Read more
Do you like to go to sporting events and shows? Most people like to get out to the ballpark or a concert every once in a while, but often rising ticket prices, service fees, and extra hassle keep people from buying tickets.
ScoreBig Daily (Free) is an app for iPhone that works with the ScoreBig.com Web site to get you good seats for events for much less than the original ticket price. As of today's launch of the app, ScoreBig only works with events in L.A. or San Francisco, but it will soon be available for most … Read more
I can think of few Web sites that would benefit more from a good mobile app than SeatGuru, a much-loved service that tells you which seats on airplanes are good, and which are not. I never book a flight without checking it out.
The service finally has a mobile site. It's a useful app to have, but it's not a good app. It could have been so much more.
The best bit is that you can just put your airline and flight number into the app to see a map of the seats on the plane. That gives … Read more
Engineers at Japan's Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology have developed a system that can recognize individuals by measuring how they apply pressure on a seat when sitting down.
Nikkei reports that a team led by professor Shigeomi Koshimizu is working to commercialize the system as a "highly reliable" anti-theft system. The timeline? Two to three years, if an automaker signs on.
It's the car seat of the future. Or perhaps the airplane seat of the future--no need to show your ticket or appeal to a flight attendant to boot someone out of your coveted window seat. … Read more
The best GPS you can load on your phone, how often you should change your oil in the real world, don't trust that self-braking car with your life (or someone else's) and adding remote start and seat heaters the right way.