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BMW shows off factory iPad docks for rear seats in Paris

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

When it comes to rear seat entertainment there are a lot of vehicles on the road that have TVs and movie players for kids and adults to watch on longer trips. Watching DVDs can be a bit boring after a while though and in most cars, you are out of luck.

BMW has unveiled at the Paris Motor Show new factory iPad docks for the rear seat passengers. The dock is very nice looking and integrated well into the design of the car. Some aftermarket docks just don’t look good.

Thermaltake’s BMW Level 10 case now available

Posted in Computer Cases by Conner Flynn on December 9th, 2009

Thermaltake's BMW Level 10 case now availableRemember Thermaltake’s Level 10 case? Of course you do. It’s a frakkin beautiful case. One of the most unique cases you can buy in fact. And here’s some good news. You can now get a system exclusively from iBUYPOWER starting at $2499.

Sure that’s a lot of dough, but this thing looks like a futuristic city all by itself. More importantly it looks different than everything your friends have. It’s nice to be unique. Expensive, but nice.

Garmin and BMW unveil new motorcycle GPS device

Posted in Garmin by Shane McGlaun on July 6th, 2009

garminbmw-sbWhen GPS devices first started to become popular as options on vehicles, they were mainly limited to high-end luxury cars. As the price of GPS technology has come down, more and more vehicles and motorcycles are adding GPS options and many are opting for portable navigation devices.

Garmin and BMW have announced the introduction of a new GPS device that is customized for BMW motorcycle owners called the BMW Motrrad Navigator IV. The device has custom BMW features including a custom mount, preloaded BMW dealer database, and audio and Bluetooth capabilities.

BMW Level 10 case actually exists, caught on camera

Posted in Computer Cases by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2009

BMW Level 10 case actually exists, caught on cameraYou just have to love a case that radically changes the form factor. The Level 10 by BMW DesignworksUSA is a masterpiece of a PC case with loads of style. And it manages great design while giving you easy access to all components. We showed you the case a few weeks ago and now it’s been spotted in the wild.

We’re happy to say it looks even better in the flesh. Thermaltake and BMW teamed up to create the “Level 10” PC case, which was on display at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany. Everything has it’s own enclosure, even the motherboard. And yet it maintains a graceful and thin composure. A beautiful monster if you will.

Level 10: The inside-out PC case

Posted in Computer Cases by Conner Flynn on March 8th, 2009

Level 10: The inside-out PC caseThis awesome looking PC case appears to be from a distant future. Thermaltake and BMW have teamed up to create the “Level 10” PC case, which is on display at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany. All of the components are outside the case yet inside their own compartments.

Visually, it’s great. Would the cables be running everywhere or would those be hidden as well? There isn’t very much info on this thing so we aren’t sure if it will actually be for sale, for how much or when. All we know is that they would be crazy to not sell something so beautiful.


BMW uses Microsoft Surface

Posted in Surface Computing by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Microsoft’s Surface technology has many uses, but one interesting way to use it is how it is being used by BMW. Here is a video that shows you how rich slobs can explore BMW cars with just their delicate and un-calloused fingers

“The Ultimate Driving Machine” being optimized with “BMW Product Navigator”. The touch screen system lets snooty BMW buyers configure their new car in a whole new interactive way. The exteriors and the interiors can be reviewed even before the car is purchased. That includes the color of the car.

Griff Tannen’s hover BMW from Back To The Future 2 gets restored

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2008

Griff Tannen’s hover BMW from Back To The Future 2 gets restoredYesterday we told you about Marty Mcfly’s jacket showing up on ebay. Well, remember Griff Tannen’s hover BMW from the second installment of the futuristic trilogy? Jeff Chabotte never forgot. He tracked down the original movie car, bought it and gave it a complete restoration. Sadly there wasn’t a thing he could do about it’s ability to fly. Chabotte spent a lot of time and money on the project, not to mention the usual blood, sweat and tears. Yep. He loves BTTF and it’s cars just that much. The end result should probably be in a Movie memorabilia museum somewhere. Click the link for a ton of pics.


NXP unveils world’s first smart car key prototype

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on October 21st, 2008

Car KeySmart devices are all the rage, we have smart phones, smart cards and the like, why can’t we have smart keys? At some point in the future, smart keys that allow users to do much more than start their car and operate the alarm may be the norm. Naturally, the technology will first be seen on a luxury car.

NXP Semiconductors and BMW are teaming up to bring smart key technology to car buyers. The key prototype contains a contactless payment system along with personalized access control and other advanced functionalities.

Nokia BMW video phone concept

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on September 11th, 2008

Nokia BMW video phone conceptMeet the Nokia BMW Video Phone. Take one look and it’s obviously the BMW of cellphones right? A thing of beauty. It’s what you get when you combine the ultimate driving machine with the ultimate video mobile phone.

The Nokia BMW mobile phone has an interesting standout feature called “push to open” which is a mechanism that rotates 90 degrees. Push the button and your phone is a handy-cam. We’re thinking they should get on this one real quick, but experience tells us that they’ll take their own sweet time and let someone else beat them to it. Someone like Sony for instance.

GINA: Shape-shifting BMW concept car

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2008

GINA: Shape-shifting BMW concept car
BMW has one hell of new concept car on their hands. It’s known as the GINA Light Visionary Model. It uses a seamless, plastic-coated lycra material, stretched over a metal frame that has moving parts. This gives it shape-shifting attributes. It can actually change body shape without tearing or even loosening of the fabric.(How many Gina’s do you know who can do that?)

Just like in the movies, the steering wheel, gauges and headrest will move into place after you sit down in the seat. The body is made of just four panels, the hood, both sides and one on the rear. Rain won’t ruin your fun either since the material is water resistant. This car can alter simple things like adding or removing a spoiler, or widening and extending fenders, but just think what it could do a few years from now. Looks like the Transformers are coming soon.

Touch Screen Audi & BMW cell phones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2008

Touch Screen Audi & BMW cell phones
We loved the Ferrari cell phone and we knew that it was just a matter of time until more cars joined in on the fun. If you’re not the Ferrari type, or just need a new car to use as a cell phone, you might want to try an Audi or even a BMW.

You’re gonna look silly talking on it, that’s a given, but if you’re brave enough to buy it, you’re probably brave enough to use it in public. You can get the Audi in white and the BMW in black. Both sport touch screens, a 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player, 3GP and Mp4 support, Bluetooth and 1GB of memory. They’ll cost you $160 each and unlike the real deal are electric powered. Try not to get caught playing with them on your desk.