Everything Electric Show, London Highlights 2024
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by Nigel
2M ago
The Everything Electric Show is fast becoming the number one spot to check out the latest EV and renewable technology in and around the UK.  This year's 2024 show was crammed with some cool stuff. We took a walk to check out the most interesting bits, to get a feel for where things are going. The star of the show for me personally was the BYD Dolphin. Hearing about it and watching YouTube videos is a completely different thing from seeing it and driving it. This is a really - really - nice EV. Forget about the price - super cheap in China, not so much here - it's a proper built piece of ..read more
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EMO: Sensational Deepfake Tech From China Shows Just How Insane Things Are Right Now
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by Nigel
3M ago
If anyone has any lingering doubts about the current direction we're heading in with regards to A.I. and deepfake technology, I would urge them to take a look at this EMO deepfake technology demonstration. The official title for the demo is EMO: Emote Portrait Alive. And boy does it deliver. To be clear, this astonishing stuff involves taking a single photograph, and adding audio of any random talking or singing to generate a 'live' video in action. The post EMO: Sensational Deepfake Tech From China Shows Just How Insane Things Are Right Now appeared first on The Red Ferret Journal ..read more
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The Gadget Manifesto Revisited – plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?
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by Nigel
4M ago
Seventeen long years ago I wrote a piece here called The Gadget Manifesto. It was a rant borne out of frustration with the relentless increase in junk technology. The problem was basically too much Far Eastern manufacturing capacity chasing too few consumers. Result...price plummeting, quality plummeting, consumers suffering. I'm revisiting this subject only because it looks like we're clearly not going to reverse course any time soon. Nearly 2 decades on, we're still buying this junk, and throwing it away in planet squandering quantities. The post The Gadget Manifesto Revisited – plus ça cha ..read more
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Honda Motocompacto – The e-Bike That Thinks It’s A Suitcase
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by Nigel
4M ago
The Honda Motocompacto has to be one of the weirdest e-bikes we've ever seen. It's not just the strange skinny shape, it's also the fact that it doesn't appear to offer any real advantage over an electric scooter except a rudimentary seat. Just 3.7 inches wide, it's made out of aluminum and plastic, and boasts a max speed of 12 mph and a range of 15 miles per 3 hour charge. The post Honda Motocompacto – The e-Bike That Thinks It’s A Suitcase appeared first on The Red Ferret Journal ..read more
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Solid State Batteries And The Shocking Future Of Our Electric World
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by Nigel
7M ago
[caption id="attachment_62432" width="980"] Image courtesy of QuantumScape Inc[/caption] As we cruise into the future of electric vehicles (EVs), the buzz around solid-state battery technology is getting louder and more electrifying. Imagine a world where EVs charge faster than your smartphone, drive huge distances, and are safer than your gran on a Friday night. That's the promise of solid-state batteries, a technology that's poised to supercharge the EV revolution. Solid-state batteries are like the cool new kids on the block, set to replace the lithium-ion batteries we've come to know. The ..read more
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LUQI M1 EV300 – $900 for your next super slow EV?
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by Nigel
10M ago
It's hard not to enjoy the constant stream of Chinese electric cars coming down the pipe. Another day, another ridiculously cheap model. This LUQI M1 EV300 electric car is reminiscent of the Renault Twizy (£6950), but with a touch more room and polish. Of course it's only a city runabout (or should we say crawlabout?), but it's definitely got bags of cute. The post LUQI M1 EV300 – $900 for your next super slow EV? appeared first on The Red Ferret Journal ..read more
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Blaval M7 – Solar Powered EV From $5000
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by Nigel
11M ago
Just in case you missed the memo, the Chinese are starting to own the electric car business. Sure Tesla gets the headlines, but behind the scenes companies like Geely, SAIC, BYD and Chery are making big big waves. So no surprise then to find a tiny brand doing some interesting stuff, like this Blaval M7 solar powered EV. The range starts at a ridiculously low $5000 for the ultra slow golf cart model, but spend a little more and you're into regular EV city commuter level. The post Blaval M7 – Solar Powered EV From $5000 appeared first on The Red Ferret Journal ..read more
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WordPress.com Embeds AI Function Into Its Post Writing Editor. oh dear
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by Nigel
1y ago
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse better, news comes that WordPress.com has just embedded an AI feature into it's blog editing code. The Jetpack AI Assistant is a one click solution for those who want to produce vapid, generic, boring blog posts at the touch of a button. Did we get that right? The post WordPress.com Embeds AI Function Into Its Post Writing Editor. oh dear appeared first on The Red Ferret Journal ..read more
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Danbocchi Personal Soundproof Studio – perfect for your private meltdown
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by Nigel
1y ago
Ever felt the need to scream out loud? But you were too embarrassed by close neighbors? Well now you've got the perfect chance. The Danbocchi Personal Soundproof Studio is designed to give you a private space to make noise, whenever you want. The person sized box is fully sound proofed and large enough for someone to sit inside and...well do stuff. Like shout, scream, bang a pot, scream some more...you get the picture. The post Danbocchi Personal Soundproof Studio – perfect for your private meltdown appeared first on The Red Ferret Journal ..read more
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Google Introduces AI Based Virtual Try-On Apparel
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by Nigel
1y ago
Google has just announced a new virtual shopping experience for search which lets you try on apparel virtually using some AI cleverness. Users in the US (only, at first) will be able to try out an item of clothing from a catalog if it has a 'Try On' badge on it in search. The service is starting with a limited number of brands including Anthropologie, Everlane, H&M and LOFT, and a limited repertoire of AI generated lady's tops.  Virtual shopping is not new of course, but where this one differs is in the use of generative AI models for the items. The post Google Introduces AI Based Vi ..read more
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