Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ford Develops "Unique" Seating System

According to this application, Ford has come up with a "unique and versatile seating system for automobiles." Take a look at the pictures from the application below. Does anything look familiar?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Honda Integrating Airbags Into Sportbikes

Based on this patent application, it looks like Honda is planning on expanding its line of motorcycles equipped with airbags. From the diagrams below, the next generation of ST tourers may come with airbags. Let just hope this remains an option and doesn't become mandated by the DOT.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Next Gen PSP May Get Spinning Touchpad

According to this recently published patent application, it looks like the next generation of Sony's PSP (PlayStation Portable) will have an analog controller that incorporates spinning/rotational inputs. That should make driving simulation games much more entertaining. No word on whether this control wheel will be incorporated into the PSPgo. A diagram from the patent application is below.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ford Bringing V-Chip To Cars

Looks like Ford is working on a new way for parents to control what their kids can and can't do with the family car. According to this patent application, Ford is working on a system that uses RFID coding to determine if the driver is using a "primary" key or a "secondary" key. Depending on which key is being used, the driver will (or won't) have the ability to do things such as disable traction control, use parking assist, or ignore the low fuel indicator. I guess if you let the teenager borrow the Mustang, its probably best that traction control stay on! A diagram from the patent application is below.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cannondale's Power Suspension System

Cannondale is bringing a new level of electronics to bicycling. According to this patent application, Cannondale has been working on an integrated electronic control system that will let a user adjust rebound and dampening settings for front and rear suspension electronically. The unit is powered by an on-board battery and motor. It is operated through an integrated user interface that will also provide data (obtained from built-in sensors) relating to speed, incline, and tire pressure (among other things). This is motorcycle level electronics coming to bicycles. Some images from the patent application are below.