In July, we partnered with Red Bull on the Creation event, in which teams of makers competed to build, well, great stuff. To get in on the action, they had to create an Arduino-based project. (And if that term doesn't mean anything to you, here's our video explaining what an Arduino is.)
Winners were crowned in July—including Missouri's Hack A Day team, with its dueling labyrinth tables, a sort of booby-trap pinball—and now we're spending the summer with Red Bull, as they profile other great creators from around the country, beginning with this portrait of Detroit-based builder and destroyer Ryan Doyle.
The cloud of doom that hovered over the last several North American International Auto Shows is finally gone. Detroit's Cobo Hall was a busy place this week, as the world's automakers unveiled an inspired crop of attractive sedans (many of them hybrids, and some with a plug), sports cars, and concepts. Here's a look at the highlights.
By Lawrence UlrichPosted 08.30.2011 at 1:22 am 0 Comments
In the wake of the 1973 oil embargo, Detroit automakers tried to convince regular, non-truck-driving Americans to switch to diesel. Diesel engines, after all, burn fuel 30 percent more efficiently than gasoline engines. The carmakers failed, in part because of poor engineering: Between 1978 and 1985, General Motors’s Oldsmobile division produced a series of shoddy, failure-prone engines that gave diesel a bad reputation that persists to this day.
If the RoboCop saga has any lasting lessons, maybe it's that politicians shouldn't mess around with Twitter.
What started out as a joke on the social media site has mushroomed into a nationwide effort to build a statue of RoboCop in the beleaguered city of Detroit. Earlier this week, someone in Massachusetts sent a tweet to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, suggesting RoboCop would be a great mascot for the city. Philadelphia has a Rocky statue, and RoboCop would "kick Rocky's butt," he pointed out.
The movement of the crowds at the semi-funereal 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show said it all. No one, it seemed, wanted to hang out with the most beleaguered of the Detroit automakers, Chrysler and GM. As plenty of attendees noticed, Chrysler's large expanse of showroom floor was all but empty most hours of the day. Same across the room at the General Motors stand: Aside from a small group milling about the Chevy Volt, all was quiet.
See automotive editor Eric Adams's photo-guide to the slickest new rides and concepts unveiled at the industry's premier event in Detroit
By Eric AdamsPosted 01.09.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Things are a teensy bit weird here in Detroit. It's a cross between Wacky Wednesday and Alice in Wonderland: Nothing is as it should be, and some things are downright trippy. Aside from the weather, which veered from drearily lukewarm and rainy to all snow and freezing wind, the true delirium began when you stepped inside. Within the main halls at Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center, guarded by a 15-foot-tall statue of boxing champ Joe Louis, things have taken a turn for the surreal. Consider: