Britain Fast Tracks Driverless Cars, Automatic for the People in 2015…

Britain’s Government has announced yesterday that the first trials of driverless cars will begin on British roads in 2015. The trial will initially be limited to a small number of roads but this will stretch out to cover 3 cities during the three year trial.

Most of the major auto manufacturers are on-board with cars being developed by Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Nissan, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Honda.

Guided by a combination of radar, lasers, cameras and sat nav the British government hopes to see packs of autonomous cars traveling together. Initially the cars are all expected to have a manual override with the normal driving equipment in place.

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The Simpson Guy Trailer, 5 Minutes of Cross-Over Hilarity…

Entertainment Weekly has this week scooped the exclusive trailer for the fabled The Simpson Guy episode. A modern day Chimera show that features the head of the Family Guy, the tale of a Simpson and a body that’s sort of both Homer and Peter.

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Microsoft’s Musical Parody ‘Click It And I Note It’, Oh No They Didn’t…

In this new media world Microsoft has shown it is willing to do almost anything to generate publicity, sometimes it works and sometime it doesn’t. This time around their parody of LMFAO’s ‘Sexy And I Know It’ works for all of the wrong reasons.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is a music video parody guaranteed to make your skin crawl just a little bit, you will laugh your ass off as well so I guess you have to balance it out. Sit back, relax and let the hilarity begin.

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littleBits Enter the Cloud, Snap Together Electronics Now Connects Everything…

liitleBits the company that brought us the snap together electronics kits have recently added to the abilities of their incredibly cool kits. Introducing the CloudBit module that’s ready to connect everything to everything via the internet.

The new CloudBit module adds to the Arduino compute module and analogue synch module that have added extremely advanced functionality to the system in recent years. As with the all bits programming is via IFTTT or API library.

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Space Station 76 Trailer, the Sci-Fi Comedy TV Series…

Welcome aboard the Omega 76 Space Station, the space station that proves in space no one can hear you laugh. The trailer for the new dark comedy is set in a past that was far more futuristic than anyone can remember.

The upcoming Space Station 76 TV series presents the future from a 1970’s perspective. The R-rated Sci-Fi comedy was first released as a movie at the SXSW festival in March 2014, writer director Jack Plotnick has carried the story over into a TV series. A series that joins the crew of the Omega 76 Space Station as they face much inner turmoil with a new female captain arriving aboard the space station, sparking tension and sexual innuendo.

Starring Matt Bomer, Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Marisa Coughlan the series release date is TBA, the movie has seen a limited cinematic release. Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest sci-fi comedy to raise expectations, Space Station 76 the TV Series. Sit back, relax and prepare to go back in time to see the future.

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NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet, the Tablet with Game…

The second generation of NVIDIA’s portable gaming kit has evolved to the point that the screen has separated from the controller. While the original Shield gaming console was high on innovation it was a little short on sales. The newly announced Shield Tablet and Controller keep the gaming emphasis of the original; it just does each part better and separately.

Taking care of the gaming hardware the Shield Tablet crams leading edge hardware into a svelte 8 inch tablet. The Shield Controller rounds out the gaming experience with a fast, flexible and comfortable game controller. Any game available anywhere.

NVIDIA will sell the Shield Tablet and Controller separately beginning July 29. The 16GB WI-Fi only Shield Tablet will sell for $300 and the Controller for $60. Has NVIDIA produced the most powerful gaming tablet to date? Is it enough to capture share in a saturated tablet market?

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Vantablack is the New Black, the Blackest Black…

The record for the world’s darkest material now belongs to Surrey Nanosystems Vantablack. A material that will absorb 99.96 percent of all light that lands on its surface. A substance so dark that shadows won’t fall on Vantablack while all surface details disappear into the darkness.

As the name may suggest Vanta (Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Arrays) consists of a forest of carbon nanotubes grown standing upright on aluminium foil. Any light that strikes the surface simply bounces between the nanotubes till it is completely converted to heat.

Fooling our eyes with a lack of information no light is able to reflect off its surface, forcing shadows to disappear and altering its surface so that it always appears to be perfectly flat.

Currently materials such as Vantablack are used in photographic systems and telescopes but here at Highpants we can see this one making it onto the Range Rovers owned by sports stars.

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The Star Wars Death Star Rug…

Recently here at Highpants we stumbled across a Star Wars rug so cool that it caused  rebel fighters to be launched. The rug is the perfect location for that next battle re-enactment or daydream. Not only is it the perfect backdrop but its also comfortable and long lasting. The 52″ diameter rug is 100% polyester and ready to keep any Star Wars fans smiling at every glance.

ThinkGeek have recently listed the Star Wars Death Star rug for sale, for a mere $59.99 and the Death Star can be yours, Death Star rug that is. Whether you imagine a Rebel victory or Empire ruled world the Death Star rug will keep everyone’s toes cosy.

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