Art Is Motion: Lexus 300h Mod Paints Driver’s Picture Based On How They Drive. [Video]

Art Is Motion: Lexus 300h paints a portrait of the drive based on how the drive.

Art collector Walter Vanhaerent’s Lexus 300h paints his portrait each time he takes it for a drive. From Gizmodo:

“The specially modified vehicle is half art project, half engineering experiment. Vanhaerent’s Lexus features a large LCD display that shows his portrait being generated by custom software that paints it in the style of artist Sergio Abliac. The slower Vanhaerent drives, the more detailed the portrait will be, and the faster he drives, the more abstract the brush strokes become.”

Cool project but unfortunately, the “Art Is Motion” mod doesn’t motivate the driver to go slower, on electric power alone; if Mr. Vanhaerent is feeling abstract, he’ll just floor it. One additional tweak, that only outputs a painting if the driver drives slower, and this ‘art’ project becomes a standard feature on all Lexus models. [Gizmodo]

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UTEC’s Potable Water Generating Billboard.

UTEC, of Lima Peru, created a potable water generating billboard that works by grabbing atmospheric humidity from the air. Cool idea that unfortunately requires a crapload of hardware. I’m sure they’ll figure out a way to do this with less. Thanks E. [UTEC]

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The Unnecessary But Still Lovable Smart Trash-Can That Autonomously Catches Trash.

The tech behind Minoru Kurata’s autonomous trash-catching Smart Trash Can is pretty cool. In a way, it pairs an Xbox Kinect with your trash can. Here’s how it works (DigInfo):

“”When you toss trash at it, a sensor detects the position of the trash, and sends the information to a PC. The PC calculates where the trash will fall, and communicates it to the can via wireless connection.”

Is it too much technology for tossing trash? Probably but the idea could be ported to another product that could help people reduce.

How about a smart trash can that threw back recyclables? (Easy for me to say – never could I do.) [DigInfo]

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HTC Smartphone Is So Big That HTC Had To Give It A Little “Phone Call” Friendly Brother.

HTC Butterfly with HTC MiniDr. Evil would be so proud. In an effort to build the next big thing in smartphones, one manufacturer is now producing a “mini-me” version of itself in order to be more useful. It’s the Mini and HTC has added it as an accessory for the 5.5″ HTC Butterfly to make it more phoning-friendly. From Gizmag:

“The device (HTC Mini) connects to the Butterfly via Near Field Communication (NFC). It’s small, light, and could be dropped in a shirt pocket while the much larger Butterfly sits in a deeper pocket or purse.”

So here’s the recap: HTC built a phone that was too cumbersome to use as a phone so they built a separate phone to work with the original phone in order to be a more convenient phone. Makes me wonder if cutting out the middleman (HTC Butterfly) would be the best way to go. [Gizmag]


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HAPILABS’ HAPIfork Is A Vibrating Fork Whose Intentions Are Good. Consume More To Consume Less?

HAPILABS HAPIforkThe $99.99 electronic HAPIfork from HAPILABS will alert you with a vibration if you are eating too fast. It will also track your eating habits by sending data via USB or Bluetooh to a dashboard app that will tell you how many bites you took to eat your last meal and your meal schedule. Of course the HAPIfork can’t stop the user from untraceably eating with their hands but I’ll ignore that for now.

So what do you think is more Jubbling: consuming less with the HAPIfork or consuming less prior and not purchasing the HAPIfork? [Gizmodo]

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2XL Games’ XLR8 App For iOS And Android Will Make Your EV Sound Like It Has A Pair (Inside Car Only)

Now, if you could only blast outside your Nissan Leaf what you’re hearing inside with 2XL Games’ XLR8 app…

The XLR8 app uses the accelerometer in your iPhone or Android device to track your speed, braking and cornering. It then converts your driving data and lets you hear through your car’s audio system* the sounds of driving a V-8 muscle car that shotgun’s fuel versus sipping or not consuming it at all. It’s the spanx / toupee for your EV or hybrid.

For an additional fee, you can unlock the engine sound produced by Ferrari, Lamborghini, NASCAR vehicle and Ford GT40. Giddy up! [Wired]


* XLR8 App is compatible with Bluetooth or wired connections

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