Monday, August 29, 2011

The sporty concept of BMW i8

BMW i8 Concept - The most progressive sportscar.

Sometimes it is time to leave the city. Escape the restrictions of everyday life. The BMW i8 is an icon of progress. It combines the energizing performance of a sports car with benchmark efficiency.

The concept car BMW Vision EfficientDynamics created excitement and very positive feedback at the IAA 2009. The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics made ​​it clear that an emotional sports car with the fuel economy of a small car is no contradiction, but could soon be reality.

After successful initial testing of the vehicle concept, the decision for a series-production vehicle was quickly made. The BMW i8 Concept is the next step in the evolution of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. The result: The most progressive and innovative sports car of its time. Its innovative plug-in hybrid concept combines the modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 Concept – fitted over its front axle – with a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW/220 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear. Working in tandem, they allow the two drive systems to display their respective talents to the full, delivering the performance of a sports car but the fuel consumption of a small car.

Acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under five seconds combined with fuel consumption in the European cycle of under three litres per 100 kilometres (approx. 94 mpg imp) are figures currently beyond the capability of any vehicle powered by a combustion engine of comparable performance. Thanks to its large lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a domestic power supply, the BMW i8 Concept can travel up to 35 kilometres (approx. 20 miles) on electric power alone. Added to which, the 2+2-seater offers enough space for four people, giving it a high level of everyday practicality.

The LifeDrive architecture of the BMW i8 Concept has been carefully adapted to enhance the vehicle's sports car character, and therefore to deliver unbeatable performance and excellent driving dynamics. The motor in the front axle module and combustion engine at the rear are connected by an "energy tunnel", which houses the high-voltage battery. This gives the car a low centre of gravity – and the dynamic benefits that come with it. The positioning of the electric motor and engine over their respective axles and the space-saving and well-balanced packaging of all components result in an optimum 50/50 weight distribution.

Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone National Park

The original name of the Morning Glory Pool was Convolutus. It was given that title in 1883 by the wife of an assistant park superintendent, after the Latin word for the morning glory flower, which the pool’s blue color resembles. Recently, however, the pool has started to go by another name “Fading Glory.”

The delicate blue water is created by thermophilic bacteria, which thrive in the pool’s searing heat. Long a major tourist stop in Yellowstone National Park, the Morning Glory Pool suffers from inconsiderate visitors who have thrown coins, bottles, and trash into the pool for over a century. The trash has slowly built up and blocked some of the thermal vents and reduced the heat of the pool, allowing other bacteria to begin working their way in at the edges, creating a red and yellow ring around the pure blue center. While this rainbow hue is indeed beautiful, it is a fragile beauty, as the invasive yellow bacteria continues to close in.

Occasionally, often following seismic activity, the pool erupts in a geyser. There is hope that these eruptions may clear the pool of trash. Attempts have been made to artificially induce geysers, but have met with mixed results.

30 Edible gadgets made from chocolate

A Collection of creative edible gadgets and designs made from chocolate...

Chocolate Calculator
Choc-U-Lator - creative calculator that looks like a chocolate bar.

Chocolate Mail Stamps
A set of 24 first class stamps that are designed to look like a bar of chocolate, packaged as an envelope.

Chocolate Nike Sneakers
Delicious miniature milk and chocolate shoes were created for the 25th anniversary of Nike’s Air Force 1

Chocolate Typeface
Delicious looking typeface made out of chocolate.

Chocolate Nail
One of the projects made during a workshop with Florence Doléac, Olivier Sidet and Ronan Bouroullec.

Chocolate Shoe
Renowned British chocolatier Gerard Coleman created this gorgeous chocolate shoe for a department store show in Tokyo.

Chocolate Swiss Knife
Featuring the Victorinox Swiss Army logo, this fine confection is modeled after the Swiss Army Spartan multitool.

Chocolate Laptop
Laptop made from sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder and cocoa mass.

Chocolate Pie Chart
5.5 oz char made of 70% milk, 20% dark and 10% white chocolate.

Chocolate NES Controller
NES controller-shaped candy bar made from the finest Austrian milk chocolate.

Chocolate Record
Large music record made from milk chocolate.

Chocolate Keyboard
Sweet design. Chocolate keyboard by Michael Sholk.

Chocolate Pencils
The “chocolate pencils” come in a number of cocoa blends that vary in intensity, and chocophiles can use the special “pencil sharpener” that comes with the designed plate to grate chocolate onto their dessert.

Rompibollo Chocolate
The chocolate board can be easly divided in pieces of different dimensions. On the relief of each piece, the calorie count is shown.

Chocolate Ferrari Formula 1 Car
Life-sized chocolate model of a Ferrari Formula 1 car has been created in Italy.

Chocolate Scrabble
The dark chocolate, spell-worthy snack designed by Mary & Matt.

Chocolate Tool Kit
The set features a pair of pliers, a couple of spanners and a wrench all beautifully cast in milk chocolate.

Chocolate Shot Glasses
Made from the finest chocolate from Rococo Chocolates in London, the shots come in a beautifully packed black presentation box with ribbon.

Chocolate Wii Controller
Wondering what to do with the packaging that your wiimote and nunchuck controller came in? Why not fill them with chocolate!

White Chocolate Keyboard

Chocolate Pills
A scrumptious little pill in case of emergency, no need to take with water, as your mouth will be salivating to take this pick me up.

iChocolates contain 20-pieces of iPhone’s and iPad’s application icon gourmet chocolate, packed in a luxury iPhone-like packaging design. According to info released by the manufacturer, iChocolates come in 5 kinds of flavors and the cute icons’ color pictures are made base on Chocographic’s technology develop in France, edible and contains neither artificial coloring, pork fat nor alcohol.

Lambertz's chocolate dress
The German bakery group Lambertz created this full chocolate dress in 2010 for its annual Monday Night Party in Cologne. The creation was one of more than a hundred fashion pieces celebrating chocolate.

183 square foot Chocolate Room
Made of chocolate from floor to ceiling, this 183-square-foot "Chocolate Room" made shoppers drool when they encountered it at a shopping center in Lithuania. Seven artists used 611 pounds of chocolate to create the walls and decor, which was on display for Valentine's Day. And while those passing by may have been tempted, they weren't allowed to taste it.

BMW Chocolate car
This delicious-looking BMW was just one of many hunger-inducing attractions at the 2010 World Chocolate Wonderland in Beijing, China. Up to 80 tons of chocolate were used in making the displays, which also included a 33 foot long replica of the Great Wall and a mini-army of 650 chocolate replicas of the famous Terracotta Warriors.

Chocolate Mailbox
This over sized mailbox is made entirely of Godiva chocolate and is adorned with hearts made of white chocolate truffles. It was created for Godiva’s Valentine’s Day celebration earlier this year at its Fifth Avenue flagship boutique in New York City.

Chocolate Chess Set
This chess set is made of solid milk and dark chocolate. So when you capture the castle you can eat it, too. Houston-based Kegg’s Candies makes each set by hand, using its own blend of chocolates, and each piece is individually molded. The set sells for $39.95.

Chocolate Sofa
What better way for a chocolate company to launch its reading campaign than to have an actress lounging on a sofa made of chocolate? That's exactly what Mars' Galaxy brand did for its 2009 "Irresistible Reads" initiative. It called in British television actress Emilia Fox to pose on a couch made of Galaxy chocolate at Victoria Embankment Gardens in London. Now that's a sofa you can melt into!

Edible chocolate cake Bed
Creative bed made out of chocolate cakes by Leandro Erlich. 

Xbox 360 Chocolate controller
This Xbox 360 controller is in fact edible. The controller has been made using milk chocolate and M&Ms, with one lucky person winning the controller to eat all by himself.

Sony PS3 Chocolate controller and consoles
Sony unveiled a stack of 150 chocolate PlayStation 3 consoles during the Eurochocolate festival. Discussed on Kotaku, a matching chocolate SIXAXIS controller also made an appearance at the event