Driverless cars to ply the roads of Nevada

Sometime in a faraway time we might witness the dawn of a new technology where cars are not being driven by humans. Would a driverless car be feasible? Or is it only a figment of our curious imaginations?

Well, Nevadans need not look that far to see a driverless car plying their highways and streets.

The State Department of Motor Vehicles gave Google a license to test their autonomous vehicle. The company’s autonomous Toyota Prius will be tested in the desert city.

Though state regulations require a person sitting behind the wheel and one in the passenger’s seat during the tests, make no mistake about it. It is not being driven by a human.

According to DMV spokesperson Tom Jacobs, “It’s still a work in progress. The system regulates the brakes, accelerator and steering.”

Google is actually not testing only one vehicle. In fact they have a fleet of eight vehicles to test. They have Six Toyota Priuses, a Lexus RX 450h and an Audi TT – Richard Hammond would be pleased.

The license plates of these vehicles will have a red background and an infinity symbol on the left side.

DMV director Bruce Breslow said, “I feel using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the ‘car of the future’”.

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HP releases teaser for Envy ‘Spectre’ Ultrabook

The Consumer Electronics Week 2012 (CES 2012) kicks off in Las Vegas in a few days. And companies are now starting to prepare their gadgets for the annual technology exhibit.

HP, for example, has  released a video teaser for their second Ultrabook. Called the “Spectre”, this will be their second try at Folios. The first was their 13.3-inch HP Folio unveiled November 2011.

Though there is a video for the “Spectre”, little details are revealed as to its identity. However, a  leak in the FCC filing a week ago shows that the new device boasts of a 14-inch display and carries Intel’s ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors.

The CES is expected to shed the spotlight on Ultrabooks and hopefully would increase PC sales this year. According to CES representatives, there are about 50 Ultrabooks to be launched in this year’s offing. Intel is going to deliver a keynote speech to reveal the company’s latest chip generations.

Ultrabooks are designed to be portable and instant-on capabilities. Just like tablets, these said devices combine portability with performance and features of notebooks.

What is clear is that pricing will play a major role in the Ultrabook’s success or failures. Low prices along with the release of Windows 8 will definitely boost sales of these new devices.

Click this link for the video teaser.

LG to unleash largest OLED TV

Popular thin-film transistor liquid crystal display technology manufacturer LG said that it has developed the world’s biggest OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV panel. According to the company, it measures 55 inches and 5 millimeters thin. They will unveil the said device in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which will be held in Las Vegas this year.

The latest technology enables light emitting diodes to self-generate light and it features a reaction velocity to electric signals over 1000 times quicker than liquid crystal.

It is different from a Low Temperature Poly Silicon type usually used in current OLED panels. It adopts an Oxide TFT technology for its backplane. The latter that LG Display uses is the same to existing TFT process, but it is lying in changing Amorphous Silicon Oxide. It also produces the same image quality to high performance of LTPS base panels at lower investment levels. They also allow Diodes to be switched off or on, giving it the ability for low power consumption.

According to Sam Beom Han, the CEO and executive vice president of LG Display, “our objective has always been to actively define and lead emerging display technology markets. Although OLED technology is seen as the future of TV display, the technology has been limited to smaller display sizes and by high costs, until now. LG Display’s 55 inch OLED TV panel has overcome these barriers.”

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