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Sponsored Post: Siemens’ SIRIUS ACT is Push Buttons with Style and Substance




Yes, the tech word is littered with big names like Apple, Google, Toyota, and General Motors, but there are many other powerhouses that most of us in North America have little to no familiarity with. One such company is Germany’s Siemens, and they have just released a new series of products for the tech industry.

It’s called SIRIUS ACT and it offers nearly all types of machinery with elegantly designed push buttons, indicator lights and switches that the company says “are the perfect embodiment of style, intelligence, and physical toughness.”

Considering Siemens — Europe’s largest electronics company — has been in business for over 165 years and has built a solid reputation for quality, highly-durable, energy-efficient and resource saving tech solutions, we’ll take their word for it.

More specifically, SIRIUS ACT is a modular system of pushbuttons and indicator lights for front plate mounting and rear-mounted electrical modules.

Why make a big deal about contraptions as vanilla and mundane as push buttons and indicator lights, you might wonder? Short answer: our increasingly chaotic world can always use some sprucing up. Siemens’ system come in four stylish designs that can be customized to your unique taste: plastic black, plastic with a metal front ring (matte), metal shiny, metal matter and flat solid metal.

Fortunately, with SIRIUS ACT, you get more than just spiffy aesthetics. Every component (e.g. buttons, lights, and switches) is constructed from premium and durable materials such as genuine metal and high-grade plastics, and all controls have the capability to communicate and interact with each other.

For quality assurance, Siemens engineers also put SIRIUS ACT through an extensive series of trials that includes high pressured element tests and painstakingly configured each and every control to ensure that they work perfectly with HMI touchscreens and industrial computers.

The company assures us that dust, water, oils, caustic solutions and extreme environmental influences have nothing on this bad boy, making it ideal for many applications.

With such sophistication, you would think SIRIUS ACT would be difficult to install and use. Think again! An innovative snap-on concept makes installing the unit so easy that it can be done with one hand. Moreover, an intuitive generator for the SIRIUS ACT Configurator provides users with three easy steps for arranging devices individually online with selection, drag-and- drop functions and comfortable reporting.

With SIRIUS ACT, Siemens looks to have delivered a modern, easy-to-use, extremely-rugged and flexible system that could give your machinery the extra oomph! it’s been needing. Any questions?

This post is sponsored by Siemens, but all thoughts are our own.

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Having Fun Driving Reduces Distracted Driving? Mazda Thinks So



2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Clubsport

With distracted driving now reaching epidemic levels, would people be less inclined to be distracted if they drove something more than just an appliance on wheels — something more fun and exciting? Mazda for one seems to think so.

The Japanese automaker plans to counter the wave of automotive technology that’s seemingly making drivers less engaged with a novel new system that monitors the level of driving engagement and rewards you for it.

Mazda on Jan 2, 2018, showing an in-car system that monitors the driver’s engagement with the act of driving, measuring such things as how much they are looking away from the road, fiddling with accessories, and delays in pedal switching. There is nothing new about senors in a car, but the way the company is using them is truly innovative.

Cars equipped with the system will not only log the driver’s engagement level, but also the road’s characteristics, guiding them to roads that have more engaging features.

Is there a better win-win situation than increasing road safety while subtilely coaxing drivers to enjoy their cars more? Let’s hope the system works as intended and sells many cars for Mazda.

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Honda Working On Electric Cars That Can Recharge In 15 Minutes



Honda Urban EV Concept

Other than revealing two retro styled concepts, one of which will enter production,
Honda has been pretty quiet about its future electric car plans. However, a new report claims the company is working on a new lineup of electric vehicles that will only require 15 minutes to recharge.

Most of today’s electric cars, be it a Chevrolet or a Tesla, take nearly twice as long to recharge using a DC Fast Charger.

According to Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Honda’s electric cars, which are expected to have a driving range of up to 150 miles (241 km), will have significantly reduced charging times thanks to a new high capacity battery that is being developed entirely in-house.

Even though fast charging times will definitely enhance the appeal of any electric car, the biggest hurdle is the inability of existing charging networks to provide such charging speeds. Fortunately, government officials in Europe, the United States, and Asia are working with the private sector to build thousands of high-capacity chargers before the next wave of electric cars hits the market, with Europe in particular expected to have 350 kW charging stations up and running by 2020.

Do you find an electric car that has a driving range of 150 miles and can recharge in 15 minutes competitive?

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Lamborghini Goes Full-Electric With Terzo Millennio Concept



Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept

The Lamborghini of today, with V12-powered supercars, is anything but eco-friendly, but that could change in the future. The company has unveiled the Terzo Millennio, its first full-electric concept car ever.

A collaborative effort between Lamborghini and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Terzo Millennio — means third millennium” in Italian — is so high-tech that it will be years before some of its technology actually shows up in a production model. It doesn’t use the typical battery pack that we see in today’s electric car, instead sourcing energy from supercapacitors and energy storage integrated into the carbon fiber body panels.

The supercapacitators provide rapid recharging capability and send electricity to four electric motors, one in each wheel for an all-wheel drive configuration. The layout frees designers from worrying about drawing a body that fits around a massive, mid-mounted 12-cylinder engine or a big, bulky battery pack, and that’s why the Terzo Millennio looks more futuristic than any Lamborghini to date, concept or otherwise.

The car’s entire body is made with smart composite materials that can hold electricity and detect small cracks, healing itself before those cracks become bigger cracks that comprise its structural rigidity. The chassis is manufactured using Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composites technology.

A virtual co-pilot shows the driver the fastest line around a track is the closest thing the Terzo Millennio offers in the way of autonomous technology.

Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali stated:

“We are inspired by embracing what is impossible today to craft the realities of tomorrow: Lamborghini must always create the dreams of the next generation.”

Domenicali comments suggests that we won’t be seeing the Terzo Millennio anytime soon. However, it could inspire the design of the Aventador’s successor, which is expected to arrive before 2020.

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