+Ford Motor Company user experience engineer Joe Rork demonstrates the MyFord Mobile app for +Android Central. The app runs on iOS and +Android and lets drivers of Ford's new plug-in vehicles, the Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi http://fordfusionstory.com/ interact with their cars remotely. The app lets drivers check and manage charging, find charge stations, provide coaching on how to get more electric driving range, find the most efficient route to a destination and much more.
John Oliver tried valiantly but ultimately fails to get the head of the Association of Opinion Journalists to recognize the irony of her campaign to restore civility to our discourse while pointing out that she recently called the congressional republicans "economic terrorists" during the debt ceiling debate.
No wonder we are so screwed. Let's just hope that John Oliver, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert and the rest of the crew keeping pointing this all out.
I had the opportunity to test a prototype for a couple of months last spring and they are a great addition to a digital lifestyle.
The Powerbag line was developed as a collaboration between wireless charging specialists Powermat and bag makers Ful. Ful makes great tough backpacks with lots of pockets and spaces for all your gadgets. The Powerbags add a lithium ion battery and built-in charging cables. Each bag has four internal connectors, a mini-USB, micro-USB, Apple 30-pin dock connector and a female USB port that allows you to plug in any additional charging cable. All of these are fed from the battery which is available in 3,000, 6,000 or 9,000 mAh capacities.
The bags are available in tradition two-strap or single-strap sling styles or as messenger bags. There is a single plug-in port on the outside of the bag so that when you get home or to the office you can just plug in and top up the battery. Those that travel by plane regularly will also appreciate the TSA-approved butterfly style design that allows you to unzip and flip open the laptop compartment without having to actually remove your computer before going through the x-ray machine.
This is definitely one of the most interesting technologies I've seen come out of CES this year. Applying liquid crystals to a window is not entirely new but their are some fascinating potential applications. Boeing is using basically the concept (but without the touch surface) on the windows of the 787 to enable variable shades. Toyota showed a vehicle concept video last summer in Europe that used something very much like this to allow rear seat passengers to view content on the side windows. Imagine creating augmented reality apps that provide information about the area you are driving through or messaging apps that allow passengers to check twitter feeds or G+ streams.