Monday, August 24, 2015

Could Our Roads Someday Charge Our Cars?

There's now a new study in London, England that could drastically improve the range of electric cars by designing roads that can charge these cars while you're driving along them. If you're not fortunate enough to have a Tesla or live close to a supercharging station, then your electric car battery won't take you very far. Electric cars get 260 miles to a full charge, but a regular gas car can get you 300 miles or more.

Highways England announced that they will be doing an 18-month trial with charging lanes. Unfortunately, the testing will not be open to public roads for right now. Through these trials, vehicles will be fitted with wireless technology and roads will be installed with special equipment to simulate motorway conditions. The electricity will be generated by electric cables put under the surface of the roads that will generate electromagnetic fields, which then will be picked up by a coil inside the device.

This trial will start later on this year and we'll get the full scoop after a contractor has been chosen for the job. Then following with actually using this project on real roads. Transport Minister Andrew Jones says that "the government is already committing £500 million over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology."

Highways England's Chief Highways Engineer Mike Wilson says, "Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever increasing pace and we’re committed to supporting the growth of ultra-low emissions vehicles on England’s motorways and major A roads. The off-road trials of wireless power technology will help to create a more sustainable road network for England and open up new opportunities for businesses that transport goods across the country."


Don't mistake this trial as being the first. There's a 7.5-mile road stretch in South Korea, that charges up electric buses as they drive, using a process called Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance (SMFIR). There's also a trial in Milton Keynes, England that shows buses being charged wirelessly through plates in the road. The only downside with this one was the buses had to stop moving to be able to charge.

This new scheme in London is way more ambitious and has a lot of positive potential in changing the electric car scene. Although there's been some skeptical questioning on this trial being efficient or just a waste of money, there's always room for battery technology improvements, so maybe these roads won't even need to be used in the future. No matter what, I think it could be a fun trial and could possibly be a big part of the world's future in new technology.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Samsonite Creates Smart Luggage That Can Check Itself In At The Airport

Luggage maker Samsonite has teamed up with Samsung to bring you smart luggage. That's probably not what it's actually called, but let's be honest here, the term is coming. And everyone remember that I said it first. According to The Daily Mail, the luggage that the two companies are working on will let you track the location of your bags, tell you if anyone is opening them, and somehow they will actually be able to move themselves. You will be able to track all this from an app that you will be able to install on any smartphone.

Other cool features include sending you alerts right when the luggage is taken off the plane or moved to the carousel. The companies are also working on being able to have the bags check themselves in automatically when you get to the airport. Pretty soon you won't have to do anything when  you get to the airport.

Another crazy thing they are working on is a bag that will be self propelled and will actually be able to follow you anywhere you go as you make your way around the airport. It will be able to follow six inches behind you at all times. They will have their own remote control too. This is either really cool, or really creepy. I feel like airports are about to look like an episode of The Jetsons.

Apparently it's going to be a little while before all of this takes off though. The company is still working on everything, and still trying to make the motor and remote control small enough to fit into the bag without taking up too much valuable room.

Is this the future of luggage? Is this what we can expect to see in airports in the next few years? Will it even be that cool? Who knows, but it is still a pretty neat idea. And, Samsung doesn't really disappoint with anything they are involved in, so at least we know it will be a serious product.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

7 Amazing Summer Events In The Baltimore, MD Area That You NEED To Attend!

Summer is fast approaching, and I'm sure you can all guess what that means. There will be a plethora of different events and festivals happening nationwide! There are a few special ones that will be taking place in the Baltimore, MD area. If you're looking to spice up your summer with some fun, here are some of the best events too look forward to in the Baltimore area!

MAY

AVAM Kinetic Sculpture Race
This just so happens to be one of those events for the more eccentric types, but can still be fun for any passerby! Human-powered sculptures trek through the streets, mud and harbor waters. 10 a.m. May 2. Free for spectators. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. For more information, click the link above!

Wine in the Woods
Who doesn't love a nice glass of Merlot. Or perhaps a more sweet Moscato is your thing. No matter what your choice of wine is, there's plenty to enjoy at the Wine in the Woods festival! Enjoy gourmet treats, live bands and wine tasting. Go on, you deserve it! 11 a.m. May 16-17. Price TBD. 5950 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia.

JUNE

Latinofest
What better way to add some spice to your summer than by attending this years Latino Fest. Immerse yourself in Hispanic culture by dancing the day away, trying classic dishes and admiring art. Times and prices TBD. June 27-28. Patterson Park.

African American Festival
Mix culture, empowerment seminars and live performances and what do you get? A great time. Celebrity appearances and times TBD. June 20-21. Free. Camden Yards Lots B and C between Camden Yards and M&T Bank stadium, 1101 Russell St.

JULY

Vans Warped Tour
This particular music festival is by far my favorite music festival there is. With thousands of people in attendance every day of the tour, you can only imagine the energy and happiness that comes from this event. With bands like Asking Alexandria, Beartooth, Slaves, and even some non-rock/metal groups like Riff Raff, you can be sure that this years event will be the biggest and best yet! July 18 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044.

Otakon
Anime fans rejoice! Baltimore hasn't forgotten about this incredible part of Asian popular culture! You can be sure that there will be plenty of cosplaying and LARPing to boot! Anime fans flock to this three-day convention to celebrate East Asian popular culture. July 24-26. Ticket prices TBD. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St.

AUGUST

Baltimore Fashion Week
Sometimes, you don't like getting all dressed up and want to see other people get dressed up. This event is definitely up your alley then! For its eighth annual production season, budding artists and designers prove that fashion is also art. Aug. 14-16. Various locations and ticket prices.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

LE Miami 2015 Reflects Shift in Luxury


LE Miami is the world's first travel trade show that reflects a shift in luxury. The event brands itself as a catalyst for the next evolution of travel, calling it definition by style and running with the tagline "Rebels with Cause". LE Miami connects influential buyers representing this creative class clientele with the edgiest and most and most rebellious international travel brands. 

The event meets in Miami every year for a business-driven and passionate event that bridges traditional conferences and modern festivals. The event lasts from June 8 to June 11 and will include 42 pre-scheduled  appointments with relevant individuals. In addition to that, the event curates both the crowd and the scene to go beyond the average trade show, transforming the conference into a "Ministry of Ideas"; networking events into electric parties; and dull plasterboard booths into a revolutionary show space. 

Why Miami

Market Maker: The US is the biggest luxury hospitality market in the world, with 25-50% of global revenue originating stateside. Miami is at the center, with the world's greatest collection of high-end hotels back-to-back along Collins Avenue and quick links to the Latin American market. 

Boutique Breaker: Miami was at the crest of the boutique hotel wave back in the 90s, with early developers like Chris Blackwell and Ian Schrager reinvigorating the city into today's thriving scene with properties like The Tides and Delano South Beach.


Genre Shaker: The city's unlikely evolution into an art epicenter has seen Wynwood become a global destination for street art, international art fairs like Art Basel and Design Miami set up camp and a revitalized Design District emerge, packed with high-end shops, bars and restaurants. 

Benefits

Value: The leaders of the contemporary travel evolution in one place means the opportunity to negotiate rates, compare and contrast products and build relationships with trusted partners for a great ROI.

Quality: We've already cut through the clutter to find the visionary brands that understand the demands of the rising creative class, guaranteeing you direct contact with high-level representatives from the industry's current and future mavericks. 

Structure: Bespoke appointments, chosen by you, with relevant individuals that can make a difference to your business, are combined with streamlined and productive networking breaks and lunches to maximize your valuable time out of the office.

Style: Our dynamic conference, bar-raising Awards do, incredible evening parties and forward-thinking design set the tone for Miami-style networking.

Venue

LE Miami 2015 will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which also plays host to other important events like Art Basel and the building itself is a striking example of South Beach's iconic Art Deco architecture. 


LE Miami is not your standard trade show. The event has conceived an environment that reflects the anarchic , inventive spirit of the creative class. The event takes cues from the world of art, fashion, music and design and fuses exhibitor stands with spaces to network and be inspired. This includes a DJ booth, bar and big screens. Rebels with cause indeed.

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