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Valeo’s Lane Departure Warning System

Electronics
April 6, 2004 No Comments

Infiniti has announced that they will be using Valeo's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, which alerts drivers of an unintended movement of the vehicle out of a designated traffic lane. The new system, which utilizes a small camera, speed sensor, an indicator and an audible warning buzzer, will be offered this fall on 2005 models of Infiniti's popular FX crossover sport utility vehicle - the first production application of LDW in North America. The LDW system will also be available on the next generation M45 performance luxury sedan, which is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2005 as a 2006 model.

I hope it comes with a red scanner on the front, like Knight Rider's KITT.
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GoVideo PocketCinema Personal Media Player

Electronics
April 5, 2004 No Comments
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When I think of GoVideo, I think of their dual deck VHS players. In a couple weeks they will be adding to their innovative lineup, the PVP-4040 3.5 inch LCD PocketCinema Recorder. This nifty device can playback MPEG-4 audio and video, MP3, DivX 5.0, MPG, AVI, MP4, DAT, WMV, and ASF. It also can record in three modes, built in 128 MB flash memory stores 110 minutes in Good, 55 minutes in Better, and 27 minutes in Best. Transfer media from your PC with high speed USB 2.0, or import media in real time using the A/V input. It also supports SD cards so you can watch or record even more content... perfect for that long flight. The best part about the PVP-4040 is the price... it can be had for about $300 shipped... making this is one of the least expensive portable media players available.
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Delphi XM Radio/CD/MP3/AM/FM Audio System

Electronics
April 5, 2004 3 Comments
Delphi XM
Today, Delphi announced that their new Delphi CD audio system is now available for $199.99 (MSRP) at select consumer electronics retailers. The Delphi unit is the industry's first "all-in-one" audio package that allows listeners to experience the benefits of the Delphi XM SKYFi satellite radio, AM/FM radio stations and CD/MP3 player capabilities. The Delphi CD audio system allows listeners to experience XM Satellite Radio, including 68 channels of commercial free music through the Delphi XM SKYFi receiver (sold separately for $99.99 MSRP) and also receives AM/FM radio stations. Powered by an A/C adaptor or six D cell batteries for convenient portability, the Delphi system features a CD/MP3 player that can play CD/CDR/CD-RW and MP3 formatted CDs. The unit also has the ability to display the title of the song playing, name of the artist and the folder number on the LCD screen while playing MP3s. [PR Newswire]
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2005 Land Rover Discovery (LR3)

Electronics
April 5, 2004 2 Comments
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UPDATED:The Land Rover Chronicle has a nice write up on the new LR3

Land Rover North America just added the official link to more photos of the LR3, click here to view

I just found out from my dealer that The Land Rover Chronicle has official photos of the new Land Rover LR3 (formerly known as the Discovery). This vehicle is going to have a lot of technological advances borrowed from its big brother, the Range Rover. Pricing and availability hasn't been officially announced but I'm expecting it to be in the U.S. sometime around November. [Story via The Land Rover Chronicle Forum] [Photo source MotorBox.com]
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Fisher’s Tapeless Camcorder (FVD-C1)

Electronics
April 2, 2004 2 Comments
Fisher FVD-C1
Let's be honest here, it's been a long while since we've seen anything cool from Fisher... but this little 5.4 oz tapeless camera-camcorder might be a sign of change. The FVD-C1 can capture up to 60 minutes of near DVD quality MPEG-4 on a single 512MB SD card and it's 5.8x optical zoom makes it worth carrying around as a 3.2 megapixel digital camera. Swing by your local Sears store to check it out, it will set you back about 800 greenbacks.
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Microsoft’s $10, full meal deal?

Electronics
April 2, 2004 No Comments
CNET News.com has an article on Microsoft's new iPOD killer that is slated to be released soon. I'm not really interested in the hardware (for this entry), it's the download approach Microsoft is attempting that I like... for as little as $10 a month, you could download hundreds of thousands of songs, instead of paying $.99 for each song at the iTunes Music Store. I think this model is the best way to combat all the illegal downloads for both audio and video. Make it cheap and accessible enough so it doesn't make sense download the assets illegally. [CNET - Microsoft's iPod killer?]
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