The Navdy is the first portable head-up display (HUD). It sits atop the dash and plugs into the OBD-II port of any car made after 1996. It projects info such as speed, engine rpm, and compass direction on a transparent screen in front you, and uses built-in GPS and Google Maps to show the surrounding area, display speed limits and street names, and route you to your destination. It also connects to your Android or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth to display data including calls, texts, music, and all manner of social media and alerts. Access to this info is largely controlled using a thumbwheel that attaches to your steering wheel and is supplemented by gesture control that's activated by waving your hand in front of the device.
In my books and blogs I have profiled thousands of innovative companies, and not once have I mentioned Costco, the second largest retailer in the world. I had never been into one of their store. There was none near us, and you have to be a member to shop there.
Well, they recently opened one near us, and mailed us an invitation. I was about to ignore it, but asked for input from my Facebook friends. I was blown away by the positive comments. In these snarky times where most conversations are about politics and ugly, the glowing tone woke me up from my long slumber.
It is a high wire act – a discounter which has sold a hot dog and drink for $ 1.50 for years, and yet carries wine bottles priced in the thousands.
I went to the store to sign up, and was easily convinced to sign up for the Executive Membership. The coupons that came with that made we walk around the entire store (the outside aisle which circles the store is affectionately called the “race track”), and spend way more than I had planned. I then filled up at the gas station, came home and ordered another item on the web site and downloaded a bunch of coupons on the mobile app.
Watch the video below for a long list of things that make the warehouse so attractive to so many.
The F-35 is one of the most complex machines ever built, a 1,200mph single-engine fighter/bomber. Lockheed won't confirm, but according to GlobalSecurity.org stealth technology reduces its radar profile to that of a golf ball. Assembled in a mile-long building, the plane is crammed with sensors that allow the pilot to "see" through the bottom of the cockpit via a helmet display. The outer skin is attached to the titanium-and-aluminum frame with a precision that Mercedes-Benz can only dream of. A variance of several ten-thousandths of an inch from spec is enough to produce radar reflections that degrade the plane's stealth capability. Onboard computers running 9 million lines of code allow multiple F-35s to share encrypted communications to triangulate enemy positions. With an internal bomb load of 4,700 pounds in stealth mode and 18,000 pounds when carried on noisier underwing pylons, the plane is designed to sneak in and destroy enemy air defenses and return for full-scale bombing.
“Ford, America’s truck leader, is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years.
Ford has now sold more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977. Think of it like this: That many trucks could circle the globe more than three times, or, lined up bumper-to-bumper, would span 90,000-plus miles.
Ford truck leadership was established with the sixth-generation of F-Series for the 1977 model year, a time when 8-track tapes, disco and bell bottoms were the rage. The company was riding a sales wave – based on an all-new F-150 light-duty pickup featuring an improved 351-series V8 engine, standard front disc brakes, and an extended SuperCab offering.”
On our recent trip around the world, between us we flew 9 airlines. The no-frills Tiger flight from Singapore to Hong Kong was a reminder of how aviation used to be just a short while ago – no entertainment, no navigation, no web access. The other flights, in contrast, showed the remarkable range of consumer technology in the air these days.
The Delta Navigation UX
The Air France interactive Navigation UX
Singapore Air Navigation UX
Cameras on Emirates which show views from cockpit and the belly of the plane
Wide range of entertainment on Emirates, including the entire Star Wars movie set
We flew on wide bodies on most segments and most had power outlets and USB ports. Here is one on a Singapore 777
Internet availability is still spotty and expensive, but with GoGo, Delta has coverage over much of the world's water.
For the Carnival cruise of the future, the personalization will begin at home, when you start choosing exactly what to book. Then your Medallion arrives in the mail. A small disk, about the size of a quarter and laser-etched on the back with your name, you wear it on a bracelet of your choice. Inside, the Medallion has long-range and near-field sensors, so that all the sensors on the ship can pinpoint exactly who you are, and where you are. Equally as important is the app, dubbed Compass, which you can access to change your itinerary and make new bookings for restaurants and shows. The choices you make, the tours you tap on to find out more, even the places you linger the longest on the ship all become fodder for machine-learning algorithms that try to map what you’ve done to what you’re most likely to enjoy.
According to a panel at the Smart Cities Summit in Boston, the future of the USPS may revolve around big data, Internet of things and smart cities.
Here's the gist of how the USPS could be a smart city enabler:
Trucks and assets drive through cities everyday.
These assets could monitor conditions and the environment for things like potholes, potential for blight and infrastructure conditions.
Data could be delivered back to cities to enhance services.
This data enablement could be a new revenue stream assuming that the Postal Service would be allowed to expand into new services. Regulations prevent the Postal Service from entering non-postal businesses.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles revealed a new, semi-autonomous electric vehicle Monday designed for young families that also provides a window into the automaker's vision for a future filled with self-driving vehicles.
Called the Chrysler Portal, the vehicle shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was "created by Millennials for Millennials," according to the automaker, and provides interesting insights into the automaker's possible future direction.