Automatic, the smart driving startup that builds an accessory for just about any vehicle, is expanding its list of retail partners beyond Apple thanks to a new deal with Amazon. That means the car will be available to a whole new group of customers, thanks to a distribution arrangement with the world’s largest online retailer.
Automatic’s Link plugs into a car’s ODB-11 port, which is generally going unused on any vehicle between service spots, but which essentially provides access to the car’s central nervous system and can relate back a huge amount of information about your vehicle and its travels, including fuel consumption, detailed information about “check engine” and other service lights that appear on your dashboard, and can also detect crashes and send automatic calls for help.
The deal for Automatic means retail presence that could help it become more than just a niche product for tech enthusiasts. And that could be good news for the connected car space in general: Our own Chris Velazco reviewed the product and found that it helped make him more conscious of his own driving habits, which could in turn lead to a number of other use cases for that new awareness and newly unearthed information. With other accessories feeding from the pipe Automatic provides, we could see all kinds of different incarnations of intelligent driving accessories, but first Automatic’s Link needs to reach critical mass. Article here.
Wine is more complicated than we think, and knowing about it does make you seem somewhat more sophisticated in front of others.
To give you an insight into alcoholic drink, Wine Investment has created a guide that helps you know the correct terminology used by wine lovers, and other nitty-gritty details—such as the temperature the type of wine is supposed to be kept in, and the different aromas wines have.
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With a jet-black, Judge Dredd-esque new look, RoboCop is set to return to theaters next year. Here’s the first trailer for the film which stars Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy and the likes of Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson to boot. It’s gonna be tough for this one to top the 80′s version, but we’re willing to give director Jose Padilha a shot.
Red Obsession is a film about power, passion and the fine wine game.
For centuries Bordeaux has commanded a mythical status in the world of fine wines as a leitmotif of wealth, power and influence. Recently, prices for its prestigious ‘first growth’ red wines – including names like Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Latour – have been breaking all records.
Something unprecedented is happening to the fine wine market and that something is China. While the dragon economy could bring untold wealth to the revered wine-making region, the terms of engagement are different from any other customer in the past. This market is young, voracious and unpredictable. Demand is massively outstripping supply. The product is finite and this new client wants it all.
For better or worse, Bordeaux is hitching itself to this new, infinitely wealthy client. RED OBSESSION sets out to explore this phenomenon and the link between China and Bordeaux. www.red-obsession.com
You could rebuild your entire home to get a woodsy vibe, or you could simple invest in some Stikwood. Stikwood is a peel and stick wood decor that will transform the look of your home without much hassle at all. Available in a variety of different wooden looks – from Reclaimed Weathered styles to Black Cherry, Caramel, and more – the wall decor can transform any space into something a bit more rustic and homey. All made in the USA, Stickwood is available in samples ($5 each) or for as little as $130/square-foot (varies based on style). Buy here!
If you don’t want to fill up your phone’s storage with a billion pictures, theQ Camera could be your new photo-snapping wingman. It’s got built-in 3G which allows you to automatically upload your shots to whatever social media sites you wish and store everything you shoot online. One of the neat little features is the two shutter buttons on the camera, one gives you a flash and one doesn’t. TheQ Camera boasts a lens with an f2.4 aperture, it allows you to add filters to your photos, and is actually waterproof. You can pre-order now and the first units should get shipped out in about a month. $199
If you’ve spent any amount of time traveling abroad, you’ve likely run into a language barrier, making it hard to get the most out of your trip. With the Sigmo Voice Translation Device ($50) you can avoid those issues, without resorting to learning a new language. This device connects to your iOS or Android device over Bluetooth and, using existing services, translates your voice into one of 25 different languages. Just speak into the microphone and it will translate everything you say, playing it back over the speaker. It’s small and light, so you can bring it anywhere, attach it to your clothes, or hang it around your neck. http://buysigmo.com/
The smell of burnt rubber pierced the air. And it only intensified as we climbed the steps up to the Japan Society gallery space where three were busy at work. To be clear, three is the name of the art group but it also represents the number of members in the trio. Heat guns hummed, air purifiers roared, and a fan spun as we entered the gallery. “We usually work with the windows open,” explained one of the members, powering down all the motors and removing his face mask. “we’re just not in our normal workspace.”
Indeed, this is the first time three have set foot on American soil, much less New York. Invited by gallery director Miwako Tezuka to participate in Japan Society’s inaugural residency program, three arrived in New York from Fukushima in late June to complete what will be one of their more ambitious pieces using 555 toy figurines – their way of paying homage to New York and its 5 boroughs. “We immediately ran into trouble at customs,” they say, explaining to us that they had been carrying with them a large bulk of their material. “We had a hard time explaining to the customs officers why we were carrying boxes of 500 figurines with us.” (The plan is to purchase the remaining 55 in New York.)