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Alcohol-testing cars less than a decade away

Alcohol-testing cars less than a decade away

Vehicles that refuse to start unless the driver passes an alcohol breathalyzer test are closer than previously believed, with cars that check for intoxication tipped to hit the market within the next decade. Systems using both traditional "breath tubes" and new fingertip sensors are already in the pipeline, the WSJ reports, with manufacturers working with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) having "made more progress, faster, than we expected," according to Rob Strassburger, vice president for vehicle safety at the AAM. Yet while driver and passenger safety is the obvious concern, not everyone is keen on their car playing watchdog.

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Google X Lab “Solve For X” project imminent

Google X Lab “Solve For X” project imminent

Something pretty interesting from Google has surfaced today. A domain registration with Google linked to it has turned up for website called wesolveforX.com. Previously, the X lab was tipped by the New York Times as possibly having engineers that worked on products of all sorts, including some strange ones like dinner plates that can share what you're eating on your social network of choice. This new website seems undoubtedly related. The X lab has also been tipped to be working on things like driverless cars, which Google already has, and more.

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Logitech to offer new webcam tech for business users

Logitech to offer new webcam tech for business users

Logitech has announced that it is set to offer up some new technology for webcams that will make them work better for the business users out there. The new tech is intended to help the business world accelerate the adoption of videoconferencing and Unified Communications (UC) in the enterprise. According to Logitech, one of the reasons, UC failed in some enterprise situations was poor video quality and implementation issues.

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars get aggressive [Video]

Google’s Self-Driving Cars get aggressive [Video]

Google has been letting its self-driving cars off their leash again this week, bringing the driverless vehicles to TED 2011 and allowing attendees of the conference to ride in them. Limiting its demos to a nearby parking lot, Search Engine Land reports, Google had tweaked the cars to show far more aggressive driving than previously seen.

Rather than the automated route creation usually relied upon when the driverless cars are on highways - fathomed using road-recognition cameras, GPS, various other sensors and a general destination in mind - in the parking lot the route was pre-determined. As normal, Google uses a safety driver, who can take over in case of issues with the robocar system.

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Lacie USB bus-powered Speaker System is Portable and Stylist

Lacie USB bus-powered Speaker System is Portable and Stylist

Lacie, best known for professional desktop monitors and stylish external hard drives, is slowly moving into the portable speakers business. Here’s another chic and sleek-looking set designed by Neil Poulton of Lacie. A plug-n-play bus-powered compact speakers system requiring no additional drivers, AC adapter or batteries to work with your PC or Mac system.

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No designated driver needed with the Chevy Tahoe self-driving vehicle

No designated driver needed with the Chevy Tahoe self-driving vehicle

If you're going to win the DARPA autonomous vehicle challenge, you've got to be pretty clever; even so, when General Motors (GM) invited the SlashGear CES team to be passengers in their Chevy Tahoe self-driving SUV, there was a little apprehension about giving up the keys to a robot! Of course, we shouldn't have been worried: with 25 sensors, including five radar units giving a 360-degree view of its surroundings, two lasers from specialist Continental and GPS, all feeding data about the driving environment and any potential obstacles into advanced behavior algorithms, the Tahoe had more eyes on the road than the team did!

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The Steampunk Anglepoise Webcam

The Steampunk Anglepoise Webcam

I always enjoy admiring anything steampunk, however, the price of such items is more than most of us can afford. This webcam is different enough to set it apart from the usual boring types and is affordable enough for anyone to snag.

The webcam features driverless installation and can take 1.3 megapixel pictures direct from the cam. It runs at a resolution of up to 640x480 pixels at 30fps.

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