by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
Not everyone likes to be around a significant number of people. especially not while on a holiday vacation. I don't know about you, but a trip to Alcatraz Island would be an enjoyable way to spend a few days away from it all. It isn't a prison, but The Seafort Hotel is equally cool with similar benefits of isolation.
by Sidney Bittman
The Russian government has recently decided to create its own version of Silicon Valley outside the capital city of Moscow. But instead of Apple products, expect to see a different type of innovation emerge from within.
Red rover, red rover, let... what's-it's-name come over! That's right, China's first lunar rover doesn't have a name and the China Academy of Space Technology wants the world's netizens to help fill in the name tag before the groundbreaking Chang'e-3 moon mission gets off the ground.
The innovative and attractive Greyp G-12 Bike from Rimac is no ordinary bicycle, electric bike or motorcycle – and depending on how and where you use it, it can be all three. In a nutshell, it's “A bicycle when you want it, a motorcycle when you need it,” which just happens to be the Greyp G-12's official slogan.
by Ron Callari
On the heels of a promoted tweet purchased to criticize British Airways' luggage handling processes, the airline rallies back with an unprecedented social media marketing initiative to mark the launch of two of its newest aircraft. By converting a hypothetical into an actionable challenge, BA begs the question: Who would win in a race between a Tweetliner and a Dreamliner?
One might say the new 2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith is the “sporty” member of the esteemed Rolls-Royce automotive family but to do that would ignore the many superlative technological features of this most enviable ride.
Kokusai Motor Cars: Conquering Taxi Market With Technology To Ensure People Remember Their Belongingsby Beth Graddon-Hodgson
Taxi cabs transport us wherever we need to go - to work, when parking is a chore; from a bar or restaurant after we have had too much to drink; out to get groceries when no car is available; and to the airport when preparing to jetset. Most cab users ultimately end up taking a variety of personal belongings on board. And while trying to load them in a rather small space, it becomes fairly easy to leave objects behind, particularly after a long night of drinking, and perhaps even a bit of backseat PG13 activity with a date!
Women in Puebla, Mexico's fourth-largest city, are tickled pink over the city's new fleet of woman-operated, women-only taxi cabs. The rose-tinted taxis have the approval of the city's governing authorities and are intended to provide women with the option of secure personal travel 24 hours a day.
Cyclists seeking superior safety after sunset should snap up these Bicycle Wheel Valve Flash Lights from Shanghai Donya. Available in four different colors, the battery-powered bulbs impart instant recognition to night riders while offering day-trippers an added dash of bling.
Cadillac's stunning Elmiraj Concept Coupe marks a new milestone in General Motors' luxury vehicle division's longstanding efforts to leave its bloated land-barge days in the dust. The 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque put out by the slick 4-seater's twin-turbo 4.5 liter V8 engine help those troubled times recede into history that much faster.
by Tech Light
A computer-operated car developed by Carnegie Mellon University saw its first run yesterday as it gave a Pennsylvania Congressman a ride to the airport. The driverless Cadillac SRX is the product of five years of work by researchers, and could kick off a whole new era of transportation.
The next cab you take in Beijing just might be electrified... in a good way, mind you. If the 50 electric taxis “currently” cruising the Chinese capital's streets on a trial basis are deemed successful, 1,000 more will be rolled out before the end of 2013. Shocking news indeed!
by Ron Callari
While Google hopes to launch Google Glass by Christmas, there's a lot of speculation as to its acceptance in the business world. Surely with an anticipated price tag of slightly under $1500, at first glance (pun intended), one would think only larger brands would be able to afford this innovative new device.
Damn the torpedoes and pass the hoisin sauce, it's The Shanghai Duck! This deliciously decorated passenger version of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s huge (and hugely popular) inflatable yellow rubber ducks is making waves, though for some they're waves of nausea.
by Laurie Kay Olson
Whether you are traveling or camping there can be a lot of concern about the quality of the water you are drinking and what you might actually be drinking along with it. Whether the concern is for bacteria, viruses, or protozoa you can clean your water quickly and easily with a SteriPEN Ultra Portable Water Purifier. It purifies 16 ounces of water in less than 60 seconds.
How bad is the air pollution in Hong Kong? This bad: tourists who want to take photos of family and friends with the coastal city's famous skyline have been forced to use fake backdrops featuring the skyline captured on a rare, pollution-free sunny day.
by Steve Levenstein
Japan's Kyoto Aquarium makes no bones about their limited-time-only “Grilled Dog Ayu,” giving brave buyers the fish, the whole fish and nothing but the fish accompanied by lotus root chips and Perilla leaves on a crusty bun. Bonus goodness? It only costs a fin.
by Steve Levenstein
The “Bright Night” illuminated umbrella from Japan not only shines a welcome glow to help guide your way to home, work or play, it also makes users much more visible when walking through dimly lit urban, suburban or rural areas.
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
It's a concept that we've seen coming for a while - an airline that requires you to pay for your ticket based on precisely the capacity of weight that you take aboard. What that means is that not only do passengers pay based on their own physical weight, they pay by the weight of their luggage as well.
Old and busted: Missing your bus. New coolness: Misting your bus stop! The Chinese city of Chongqing is rolling out a cool mist spray system at several dozen city bus stops. Designed to operate much like the automatic misters in supermarket produce sections, the artificial clouds of chilled and purified water act to keep Chongqing's commuters as cool as cucumbers.