The idea of a vehicle that goes 500 miles is very enticing and is every Tesla owners wet dream which may actually come true some day. The building of the Giga factory to make way for the more affordable (newly renamed) Model 3, a possible $35,000 car with about 200 miles targeting the BMW 3 series which is estimated to be in production by 2017 could make batteries much cheaper. Batteries will drive the electric car market, from speed, to range, it is arguably more or as important as the motor itself. A car with 500 miles of range would free up the superchargers that people are afraid could fill up if Tesla cars keep selling the way they do. If you think that a 500 miles range car is never going to happen just imagine what will happen when Giga factories start lowering the cost of batteries, suddenly a 500 miles range $100,000 Tesla doesn’t sound too bad.
In the original article that inspired this post it read, “Estimations have been made about the price an EV with this type of range could be considering that the base price of the Model S is $69,000, and the performance model is well above average at $93,000, with this in mind, the estimations are somewhere around $180,000.“ With ZyklusDieWelt saying on Reddit that it could cost less due to the battery costing less than that since the battery is not 100% of the cost. Although the battery does cost a significant amount the replacement for an 85 kWh battery is only $12,000 but that is only for replacement and most likely costs much more when first purchased with the whole package. The true cost of the battery for a Model S still remains a mystery.
Either way a 500 miles range vehicle could be the nail in the coffin for gas vehicles 5 years from now and I hope to see that day come (if not sooner).
You may have noticed that people have been talking about 3D printing, but its applications are only now being realized. People have made food, deserts, printed organs, made rocket parts, and sculptures but what about buildings? Contour crafting is trying to make this a reality and showing its merits as a more efficient way of building homes and structures. It would cut down on workers and time it takes to construct a building by designing it in computer and going on site with a robot 3D printer and letting it rip. Future applications also include the Moon or Mars where the raw materials of the local surroundings can be used to construct a structure without having to transport pieces from Earth. NASA is already working with them and the Navy is getting in on the action as well.
Can’t wait to just buy land and 3D print my dream home.
Minuum released their innovative keyboard for Android as a beta on Indiegogo to raise $10,000 which was easily reached as people such as me rushed to try and support a unique new way to input into smartphones which allow for more space to see what is actually on the screen instead of a jumble of letters. They ended up mustering $87,354 (USD) for their en devour which brought about yet another Canadian tech company known for its keyboard, yet this company can arguably called the opposite of Blackberry’s spacious layout. This keyboard is definitely not for an amateur learning to type, unless they wanted to screw themselves over when using every other keyboard. Their latest proof of usability is the rebooted idea of the smart watch. A video shows minuum being utilized on the fabulous metal stud known as the Samsung Galaxy Gear. It looks pretty awesome but as I’ve learned still takes some practice to be good as the man behind the camera. This looks quite amazing and I look forward to seeing more uses for the Minuum keyboard.
Link via Minuum, MobileSyrup
GoSun has created a solar cooker that uses something you will not guess, go ahead guess, no you don’t know? The sun. No electricity running here, besides the camera that took the photo above. This tube stove can cook up to 550° F in just a few minutes. This has great applications for disaster relief, 3rd world countries, and rural areas. There are 2 different products, one at $129, and a larger version at $279.
The Hyperloop is the proposed technology by Elon Musk (founder of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors) that he published online for free for the entire world to see. The proposed closed loop hyper speed shotgun is supposed to get people from San Diego to downtown LA in 30 minutes and only cost $6 billion with a $7.5 billion version that can transport cars as well. The time is achieved by using tubes filled with low pressure air that will contain pods that levitate inside (friction-less), these pods will be going 800 MPH (1287.475 kph). All of this will be powered by linear induction motors and magnets to propel the pods to the extreme speeds. The electricity will be provided by the natural sun using solar panels that cover the entire length of the trip. Musk says that the power created should more than enough to cover the electricity needed to run the Hyperloop.
In 2023 a private company will send 8 lucky (or crazy?) people to Mars with no return ticket. 4 people are planned to go on the first trip to Mars to setup base (then realize they forgot their snuggie) and 4 more to land 2 years later (to bring the snuggie that someone forgot), these trips to Mars will take around 7 months to complete (I would finally be able watch all those movies I’ve been meaning to get through). The requirement for the applicants has so far just been to be 18+ years of age, healthy, and don’t worry if you aren’t a genius, no skills needed, just don’t be that guy who leaves his dishes in the sink for a week. Canadians pay $33 USD to apply, general information about yourself, a letter as to why you
are crazy enough to do this want to go, and submit a 1 minute video answering questions and why you should be the first person to step on Mars. Oh and yes you can have sexy time there with the other colonists.
Samsung Galaxy S4 is the latest flagship phone from the infamous Apple iPhone competitor from South Korea.
In Canada, companies have already announced their availability:
- Rogers could be releasing the phone on May 3rd , as well as a $35 gift card for pre-ordering on a 3-year
- Telus, Videotron, Virgin, and Bell are releasing in April 26th with similar pricing to Rogers (big surprise there).
- Wind and Mobilicity will be receiving it on May 3rd with no pricing yet announced but is estimated to be $700 outright.
Us Canucks only get the 16GB version due to apparent low demand for 32GB variant, its being credited to the expandable memory slot. I would just like to think we’re smarter and would rather get the memory cards ourselves.
The main competitor to the magical Galaxy S4 is the HTC One, which from the looks of it takes a different approach, solid hardware and quality focused. Both phones are quad-core for the North American market but that’s where the similarities end.
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So if you’ve been living under a rock (which it may seem like I’ve been doing), then you may wonder what Google is doing with glass? Well Google may just have forgotten about the “es” in the glasses because Google Glass is a “little” project where they have attempted to make a wearable computer, not just some Virtual Boy ripoff but they seem to have made it not so weird looking to wear. It is a light frame, like glasses without the glass, with the actual components that sits on the right of your head and has a transparent display that is viewable on the top right of your vision. In most cases there is no actual glass in front of your face, although they did show glasses with shades in some presentations and Sergey Brin is not shy about wearing it in public (like in the New York City subway).