Black and Decker Auto Flex Vac and Auto Pivot Vac

Black and Decker Auto Flex VacI’m sure that if you hear the words “Black and Decker” you are going think about power tools. I had the chance to try out two of their products, and they were both vacuum cleaners, both of them are essentially designed for cars.

The Black and Decker Auto Flex Vac has a very compact design, and it has a 16 foot long extension cord to fit is designed for the 12 V Cigarette Lighter socket. It has “cyclonic action” as well as a long crevice tool for getting in between the seats. It also comes with some other accessories like a washable pleated filter and a flip up brush.

I was pleased to review this, but I was not able to find a price for it on the company website. It was able to find it on Amazon for $69.92.

Black and Decker Auto Pivot VacSo, I also had a chance to try out a similar product with this Auto Pivot Vac, which has a lot of similar features.

The cord is a 12 V adapter for a cigarette lighter, but this one can fold in half for very convenient storage. It also has the “cyclonic action” for sucking up dirt, dust, and debris. There is a lot of accessories like a flexible hose, flip-up brush, and an extendable crevice tool.

Once again, I was not able to find this on the Black and Decker site, but Amazon has it for $64.49.

The speeC-EZ from iCreation

speec-EZI recently had a chance to get to know a company called iCreation, and I would highly recommend checking out their products if you haven’t already. They now have a Kickstarter project that is called the speeC-EZ.

In case you are stumbling on the pronunciation, it is pronounced “Speakeasy”. You know, those places during Prohibition that sold illegal alcoholic beverages. In this case, the speeC-EZ is made to prevent car accidents, specifically those caused by distracted driving.

I think we all know that people being on their smartphones have caused some serious accidents, so the speeC-EZ is made to pair with the smartphone so you can control it with your voice. This means you can keep your phone in your glovebox with all the gloves, and you can send/receive texts, make/receive calls, send/receive emails, play tunes, and get some navigation.

As you can see, it mounts in the car’s charging port, and this is what powers it. Then there is a noise cancellation microphone that will turn on as long as it is plugged in.

If you want this, you can pledge for it on the Kickstarter page and help them achieve their $50,000 goal. I have no idea when it will be available to the general public for purchase.

TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount Review

TYLT VuIt has been a while since I reviewing anything from our friends at TYLT, and the last time it was the VU Solo. Now, I got a chance to review the VU Wireless Charging Car Mount, and it is quite a cool product for some Qi enabled action.

I’ll go ahead and explain what Qi is for those who do not know. Most wireless charging tech is just a pad that you put on a table so you can just put your Qi wireless charging phone on it and have it power up without attaching any wires. The Wireless Charging Car Mount is made to put this tech in your vehicle, so you can use your mobile while driving.

It has a stand with a suction cup on the bottom so it sticks around on the dash. Then you can plug in the Mount with the included cable into the dash lighter. When you place the phone on the mount, the adjustable claws on the side and bottom can “pinch” in order to hold it in.

Personally, I see an era where all smartphones will be Qi enabled, but there are a few phones that are smart enough to have already jumped aboard that bandwagon. Until that day, you might as well be prepared for the wireless charging era with the TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount. It is available on the TYLT site for about $79.99 now.

AeroMobiil 3.0 Flying Car

From now until Christmas, I am probably going to be writing about whatever products that I can get my hands on. However, I do like to write about a nifty gadget every once in a while, such as the AeroMobil 3.0 flying car.

What can I say, it is a flying car! Surely we have to have that by 2015, along with the hoverboard. The Aero Mobil 3.0 has recently been certified by the Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying and it can transform from land to air mode.

I see very little reason to talk about the AeroMobil 3.0, because you can just watch the video. It is possible that the Mobile 3.0 will be the first flying car, and could be available for testing soon.

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Navdy is an interesting Heads-up Display for your car

NavdyRemember those days when people had stand-alone GPS devices in their cars? That all changed when people could get map apps on their smartphones. Unfortunately, these types of apps led to all kinds of distracted driving accidents, which leads to the now-obvious solution of the Navdy.

The Navdy is a heads-up with a tiny projector on a 5.1 inch transparent screen. You can put the Navdy on your dashboard, and still read the information on it while you are looking through it.

With the Navdy, you can use your favorite apps from your iOS or Android smartphone. As an added bonus, the Navdy has an option of gesture and vocal controls so you can answer a phone call, send a tweet, and even send a text.

The Navdy is trying to achieve funds privately, and I don’t seem to have a Kickstarter or Indiegogo page for it. You can find out more about it here, and even pre-order it for a price of $300. Check out the video after the jump.


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The 120 Watt Cup Inverter from Energizer

energizer 120 WattIf you do a lot of work on the road, then you know how important it is to be charging your mobile devices while you are behind the wheel. I’m sure that a lot of people have one of those cigarette lighter/USB adapters in their cars, and Energizer has something for the whole family with the 120 Watt Cup Inverter.

The 120 Watt Cup Inverter is made to fit in the cup holder of the driver’s seat, and it can power up 5 devices at once. This is provided that you have 4 USB devices and AC/CA plug-in device, and you also need to have a cigarette lighter plug in your car.

As for the rest of the specs, it 120 W Continuous/240 W Peak Power. The four USB ports are 2.1 A Shared, and there is no internal fan, so it is silent. If you want this for your car, you can purchase it on sites like Amazon for about $31.84.

Car-to-car Communication is definitely in the future

yahoo trafficIt is pretty obvious that cars have much more tech in them then their predecessors, and I think we are going to see an advancement in tech in the next few years. It is in-car communication.

In-car communication involves a radio beacon that continually transmits a vehicle’s position, heading, speed, and who knows what else. Apparently, cars can receive information from other vehicles, and can send it back.

This really opens up a world of possibilities. Imagine if a vehicle was coming at you at 80 mph on the other side of the road. This is where the warning would come in, and maybe there could be some braking or steering done automatically on the other car’s part.

Personally, I think this is something that I think we all need. I have been wondering if the next possible step of this car-to-car communication is self-driving vehicles. Think about it. Also, why do we need to put the in-car transportation in a vehicle? Isn’t it enough to just use our smartphones?


Mobiliant is a car that can literally climb walls

MobilantEvery year, the L.A. Auto Show loves to show off some pretty awesome vehicles, and a lot of them are concept. Most of these concept cars never see the light of a mass-manufacturing, made simply because it can be made.

This is the Mobiliant, which is a winning design by China’s SAIC. It has the ability to literally drive up the wall. Oh yeah. I am seriously having flashbacks to a scene from Batman Forever. Not to mention a lot of old cartoons.

How does the Mobiliant do this? Because it has C.L.A.W.S. (Cilium Layer Advance Wheel System), this nano-scale cilia technology can somehow adapt to any surface and somehow increase its grip on the road. Also, there are special stabilizers in the cockpit to keep it level.

By the way, the Mobiliant is very eco-friendly by converting its greenhouse gases into a fertilizer. My Source says this is good for shedding its fertilizer when parked on the edge of skyscraper.

That’s right, we are looking at an age where cars will be driving on the sides of buildings just like…do I need to say the movie that I am about to reference? Forget it. Here’s a link if you haven’t figured it out yet.


Pioneer is working on a head’s up display

pioneer-heads-up-display-gpsSome of you might remember how we discussed Pioneer’s cool new driver’s seat on display at CEATAC. It looks like I forgot to talk about this particular concept with this ND-HUD01, a fancy heads-up display.

As you might have guessed, this is designed to prevent the whole texting-while-driving which is becoming a real hot-button issue. My Source says that it killed 3,331 people in 2011, injuring 387,000. This particular one allows for viewing one’s GPS by attaching a thin retangular glass panel for a full digital readout. It will also give your speed, time, and other things that you might have to look down at the dash to see.

Unlike that seat I discussed earlier this week, this particular device is made and real. In fact, it will be available in Europe and Japan for 600 euros or 60,000 yen.

Now, here’s the thing I am wondering about. Will you be able to scroll text messages, or is that a distraction? Can you try to put a video on it? Oh yeah, this is the start of another hot-button issue.


Armadillo-T is one great Turtle Car

Yes, you heard my title correctly, this is about a turtle car. That sounds like something from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the 80’s version.

This is Armadillo-T, developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and it is fully electric. It has a 13.6 kWh battery, able to travel to 37 miles per hour with a 60 mile range on a single charge.

Then there is the best part. It practically folds in half when you park it! Seriously, the car will take up a lot less space, which will lead to a lot of less parking spaces. This will open up a lot of room for parking, and more space overall.

Okay, I am not certain if this will catch on for every car. In fact, it would take quite a miracle for all cars to have this handy feature. I can see every car having an automatic trunk, but this would require a complete overhaul.