I loves me some cars. When hybrids and EVs first started going mainstream and manufacturers started to embrace hybrid tech I worried that it might be the death bell for high-performance vehicles. Thankfully it turns out that hybrid tech lends itself pretty well to a performance car.
Wicked Lasers has been making laser pointers that are more accurately described as laser burners. These aren’t the sort of lasers that you would actually use to point things out during a presentation, unless you wanted to be able to burn those folks who fall asleep on you.
If you have ever calibrated a TV for color accuracy you know how incredibly time consuming and frustrating it can be. There are a slew of options on the market which claim to make this process easier. Some of them are a complete waste of money and the ones that work well usually pack a pretty hefty price tag and include some sort of "eye" to aid in the calibration process. A company called Datacolor is bringing a new approach to the table in the form of HDMI tuning.
If you work with lots of photos or graphic design it is very important that the colors you see on the screen are the colors that you get when the design is printed. In this type of environment, a wrong color on a printed document can mean going back to the digital drawing board.
It's not often we have to wear protective goggles when testing out a new gadget, but then this isn't your average laser. Wicked Lasers specialize not in the basic presentation pointer you might have hanging from your keychain, but in incredibly high-power lasers with astronomy, entertainment and, yes, military use. The Spyder II GX we have here is, at 200-300mW, "the world's most powerful handheld laser," and carries a pricetag of just under $1,700.
To most people, a trike is a three-wheeled starter bike for young children - something that they won't topple over on every thirty seconds. To American brand BRP, however, it's an opportunity to slap a gutsy engine on a three-wheeled sports frame and hence come up with the Can-Am Spyder: a 697lb way to very easily lose your licence under a barrage of speeding tickets.
Essentially a 998cc, 106bhp 2-cylinder engine surrounded by minimalist body-work and a choice of mechanical or electrical 5-speed gearbox, you'd need to be pretty hardcore to use it as a daily driver. Still, the $14,999 price tag doesn't push the Spyder out of the "weekend fun" category.
Porsche seems to really be exercising its Apple connections. Just yesterday we saw the car maker officially added to the roster of names that will be sporting Apple's formal entry into the in-vehicle systems, CarPlay. Now, the news is that there will be more Apple love on the way. When? well, when the Apple Watch officially lands on your wrists. Supported Porsche models will soon be controllable from the convenience of your wrists using an updated Porsche Car Connect that talks nicely with the smartwatch.
NVIDIA made the case this week for an already-strong collection of vehicles sporting their current, previous, and next-generation processor systems. While this particular vehicle doesn't roll with the NVIDIA DRIVE CX system we're seeing on the vehicles of tomorrow, it does work with an NVIDIA GPU, and the infotainment system that directly precedes DRIVE CX. The system in this vehicle was first announced alongside Tesla's Model S team-up with NVIDIA all the way back in 2011. We previously had a look at the convertible version of this vehicle - its BMW i8 Spyder Concept iteration - back at the LA Auto Show in 2012.
Before I tell you about my driving experience with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, I’m just going to get this off my chest: this is one powerful, fast and, yes, chest-poundingly badass car. Your knee-jerk reaction might be “holy cow, $60k+ is a lot for a Challenger!” While that might be true, for a car even Dodge’s own CEO describes as a “science project”, in many respects the 700 HP Lamborghini Aventador I drove months ago was equally badass, but how many of us have got half-a-mil to drop on a supercar? From that perspective, the Challenger gives you the performance, a great looking car, creature comfort driver-focused cockpit and a decent fuel economy. But that’s now what you care about. You want to hear how the Hellcat roars.
This week the folks behind the Polaris Slingshot have dropped the veil, showing off their open-cockpit three-wheeled monster to the public. This vehicle works with 173 horsepower, 166 foot-pounds of torque, and a body that they suggest is one half street-buggy, the other half motorcycle-like cruiser. This vehicle is not made to cruise, on the other hand - it’s made to go FAST.