NES Toyota Scion is every video game geek’s fantasy

On January 14, 2011, in Auto Tech, Gaming, Geeky, by Mike Jefferson

Today we have something special for all video game geeks that grew up in the 80’s with the NES in their living room. If you liked the old NES games, you’re going to love the new 8bit car which has been inspired by the 80’s game console games.

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Here’s the video of the film we mentioned the other day made to raise awareness of hybrid technology and in this case, features the latest Toyota Hybrid Auris.

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Not particularly being the ‘Top Gear’ type petrolhead, I admire hybrids and hybrid technology. If you’re in the UK, I’m sure you’ve seen the latest Hybrid version Toyota Auris at some point on the road. In relation to this, Toyota and glue isobar have teamed up to create a film.

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Violin playing robot from Toyota

On May 17, 2010, in Robotics, Technology, by Mike Jefferson

We have seen all sorts of robots coming from Japan and some of them had quite amazing features. Some of them looked like humans and mimicked out facial gestures while others were practical in some other way. This time, we have a robot that can actually play a violin and it comes from Toyota.

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Automakers are always constantly brainstorming for new ideas, these also include robots. Like Honda’s ASIMO robot, Toyota’s new humanoid prototype hopes to portrait us and the functions and capabilities which we take for granted in our everyday lives. Toyota’s new humanoid stands 130cm tall and weighs 50Kg, its legs have seven degrees of freedom allowing it to run at an average speed of 7 km/h. In contrast, their rival – ASIMO’s maximum speed is only 6km/h. In order to achieve this, Toyota researchers had to develop new real-time methods for balance control. These methods make it possible for the robot to remain balanced when an external force (for example, when a 100m race gets dirty!) is applied while it is in motion.


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Here’s abit of auto tech for this morning folks, the Toyota Prius is pretty well known for being the top of the class when it comes to hybrid technology. In the new 2010 version, on board technology has been much improved, both under the hood and within the cabinet. I especially fancy that solar panel equipped roof!

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Check out the CNET first drive video after the jump…

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Has the recession hit automaker Aston Martin this badly that they need to start making hatchbacks for ordinary people like us? The answer to that is actually no… As you will be able to read from our quick quote after the break, the Cygnet will be an exclusive Aston Martinised luxury hatch.

The Cygnet will definitely look familiar to many, in fact it is a Toyota IQ based hatch due to a recent partnership between the two firms.

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