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Comment: Google glass WITHOUT camera (Score 2) 153

Google needs to make a glass without the camera. One that is OBVIOUSLY different to the average person so they do not mistake it for the one with the camera. That could take some of the stigma away from the device. It could look much more like a regular pair of glasses. Sure, half of the applications need the camera, but many ideas do not, and it would reduce the cost. The technology and the software could mature without the social stigma and would have a good chance.

Comment: Re:Who are the proposed customers? (Score 1) 70

by beltsbear (#47961445) Attached to: Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

Maybe you are right. But the primary thing that needs to be done is up the build quality and make people feel comfortable about the long term prospects for the car. The car has unusual good looks. Rich people will buy it if they think its not gonna leave them stranded. I said $5000 because that gets the car under the magic $100,000 price barrier.

Comment: Re:Maybe 40k (Score 1) 393

by beltsbear (#47941811) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Nope. The cost will drop just from them being made in that factory at half speed. Half the savings is from everything being close together, the batteries being made in the building then being put into packs in the same building. More cost savings comes from the fact Tesla is the majority owner, and finally all of the government incentives reducing cost. From just half capacity the cost of the battery will be low enough for a $40,000 car before government incentives. So basically from day 1 they will be fine. They will also be making utility scale batteries which will most certainly have a buyer with Solar City.

Contrary to the other skeptics, I think the plant will be fully booked. As soon as each line is built, it will be running at full tilt for customers including Tesla. They will build out the lines as fast as they can and may even need to consider a SECOND factory by 2020.

Comment: Re:Musk worship (Score 3, Insightful) 260

by beltsbear (#47853555) Attached to: Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

I am not for the tax breaks but the state of Arizona should come out ahead even after them. This factory will represent 3% of the states economy.

Tesla is building the factory for the purpose of getting the cost of batteries down to make a 4 door sedan in the 30k range though I expect it to cost more like 35k in the end AFTER government incentives.

As for the Toyota gas pedal thing, Tesla also got slapped with all of the 'fire' stories even though fires are more common in gas vehicles.

Comment: Re:Oh, Argentina (Score 4, Interesting) 165

by beltsbear (#47830457) Attached to: Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

Close. Argentina did not play hardball. The US courts confiscated the money they had access to preventing the payments to the 92%. Argentina will not fund those payments anymore if the US courts re going to take the money before it gets to it's intended recipients.

+ - As Ebola death toll rises, scientists work on nanotech cure

Submitted by rlinke
rlinke (3398697) writes "Scientists at Northeastern University are using nanotechnology to find an effective treatment for the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 1,200 people and sickened even more.

What makes finding a vaccine or cure such a formidable job is that the virus mutates so quickly. How do you pin down and treat something that is continually changing?

Thomas Webster, professor and chairman of bioengineering and chemical engineering at Northeastern, may have an answer to that — nanotechnology."

+ - World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming to NY - 2400 SqFt House & More->

Submitted by Randy-tanner
Randy-tanner (3791853) writes "A well known New York architect & contractor has begun construction on what is possibly the largest 3D printing related project ever undertaken. He is 3D printing an entire estate, which includes an in-ground swimming pool, a pool house, and a huge 2400 square foot home. The project is expected to take 2 years to complete, and if all goes as planned the printer will automatically insert rebar into the concrete."
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+ - VertiKUL Drone "Delivers" on Both Hovering and Forward Flight->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "When something is sent to you by airmail, it travels in a fast and relatively fuel-efficient fixed-wing aircraft, not a fuel-guzzling helicopter. Nonetheless, when we hear about the possibility of drones being used to deliver items within cities, multirotor-style aircraft are almost always what's proposed – while they're good at maneuvering in urban spaces, they're essentially just little unmanned helicopters. With that in mind, a group of three engineering students from Belgium's KU Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) have created a prototype delivery drone known as VertiKUL, which combines the best features of both types of aircraft."
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