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Comment: Re:Not a market back then (Score 1) 267

by romanval (#46772019) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Microsoft indeed tried to get their Tablet to sell over 10 years ago, but their mistake was in adapting Window UI directly into a tablet without adapting the user interface. A pure hands-only tablet has no stylus, no resizeable windows and must support multiple finger touches + gestures.. which is totally different then WIMP. The genius of Steve Jobs is he figured that out early on and directed his engineers to tackle it appropriately- (hence a totally separate UI interface stack for OS X; hence iPhone OS = OS X core + different UI)

Steve Jobs also had the vision to know that people will accept something they've never seen before... as long as the usability is good beyond a reasonable doubt.

Comment: Re:MSRP of $62,400 Though? (Score 2) 452

by romanval (#44320345) Attached to: Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

When considered against the cars the Model S is competing with-- Porsche Panamera; BMW M5, Audi A7 (all of which are $70K+ cars)... it's absolutely affordable.

Tesla is planning a higher volume, lower priced car code named "BlueStar", which is to be similar in size as a BMW 3-series and should start around $35K, but it's going to take a few years for them to tool up the production scale.

Comment: Re:Jackpot? (Score 1) 243

by romanval (#43120189) Attached to: Tesla Motors To Pay Off Government Loan 5 Years Early

I think the perfect storm for electric cars to take over is 5 years from now, when gas approaches $6 to $8 a gallon while electric hovers around $1/gal equivalent. If auto manufacturers ramp up production on a compact electric sedan and sell them for around $25K, people won't be buying them because it's a novelty, they'll be buying it because a gas vehicles will be far too expensive for typical day-to-day use.

Comment: Re:Misleading headline (Score 1) 243

by romanval (#43119617) Attached to: Tesla Motors To Pay Off Government Loan 5 Years Early

First off: They have 2 car models: the first was the Tesla Roadster (which was based on a Lotus Elise) which was a testbed for their engineering. The Model S is designed from the ground up as an electric car.

Currently they're only using about 20% of their manufacturing plant to build the Model S and plan to expand it for faster production of a lower priced car. That will also take huge capital costs, but the success of the Model S should reassure outside investors who passed on Tesla the first time around.

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