Cute Google Car finally reaches working prototype stages, ASUS releases a ZenFone teaser and Boeing teams up with BlackBerry to make a phone.
Google’s cute car has been all the hype in the tech industry. The car’s first demo may have been sweet and welcoming, but Google had no fully working prototype until today. For the most part, the early version we saw was a mock-up with no headlights and missing a lot of important parts.
Today, the self-driving car team is announcing they now have a fully-working prototype. They will be testing the car for a while, before they are ready to bring it to the streets starting 2015. Those in Northern California will likely be able to see these!
Opinion: I would seriously love to be able to hop on one of these. The time for autonomous cars is not only coming, guys – it is already here. It’s just a matter of sanding all the rough edges now.
We all know the tech year doesn’t really start until CES, which is almost here. We can start expecting a lot of teasers and announcements coming from every manufacturer. Today we are taking a look at one of the first ones, which comes from ASUS.
They are not telling us much, but the short clip shows us a dual camera set-up and tells us to “see what others can’t see”. The Facebook post also makes reference to the ZenFone line. What is this all about? Check out the video on Facebook.
Opinion: I am willing to bet the dual-camera will have depth perception and capabilities to map 3D space. It would be similar to Project Tango, the HTC One M8 and the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet.
Boeing has partnered with BlackBerry to make what could be the safest smartphone around – the Boeing Black. They are taking every precaution they can, as the phone is intended for high-security customers. This would include government officials, so this is no small project.
The idea is that this phone would come packed with BES12 support, as well as some other Boeing optimizations. For example, the phone is said to be tamper-proof, with a uni-body construction and screws that can’t simply be removed. If an attempt for tampering the phone is detected, the device will become unusable. It’s literally a self-destructing phone.
Opinion: I guess Boeing does much more than fancy airplanes! This seems like a very interesting concept. I like seeing how open BlackBerry has become to offering its services to other platforms and devices. There was a time when only BlackBerry devices could use this software.