Ford will introduce some really cool SmartGauge video instrument panels for their 2010 hybrid models of Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. The speedometer will be in the center, but on either side it will show you the “EcoGuide” in real-time animation. This will give you how much energy you are consuming while driving.
HP will launch their new netbook called Mini 1000. This device really looks nice! It has the HP Pavilion looks, but is powered by the energy efficient Intel Atom processor. Although this netbook is targeted for light-weight uses, it is powerful enough to run most of the every day applications.
The first completely artificial heart will be available in just another 2.5 years! This would save the life of an estimated 20,000 patients a year. Leading heart transplant specialist Alain Carpentier, said that manufacturing would begin some time in 2011. The device is applicable for patients who have very serious heart conditions or have suffered massive heart attacks, for whom drug therapy or heart transplant have failed.
ASUS is going to launch a new Android-powered cellphone in the first half of next year. Uptil now, ASUS was a complete suppoter of Windows Mobile based handheld devices. Now that Google made a real good impression on the consumers, ASUS wants take their shot with Android. And…it is likely to be better looking than the T-Mobile G1 !
Finally Microsoft is coming up with a web-based version of their flagship product, Microsoft Office. This version of Office will have Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and will be available to all users through Office Live Services. This is first time ever users can actually perform some basic editing functions. As per Microsoft, users can now “access, create, edit, share and collaborate” their documents.
The 5th Peugeot Design Competition closed back in 2nd Oct. This time the theme was “Imagine the Peugeot of the future World Megalopolis”. Ofcourse the designs were all concept-based rather than commercial. The winners have been announced and this is what they came up with:
Dual pane LCD…does’nt that sound interesting? Here’s a neat conceptual design suggested by Mac Funamizu, where instead of two seperate LCDs, all you need to do is just overlap them. This gives you a sense of depth making the images/text on the LCD look 3D and ofcourse, really cool. I would say, a great idea for a cell phone!