TomTom has all but dominated the after-market GPS industry and by now it’s no wonder. Their systems are fantastic and now they’re even giving their products a healthy dose of character to make us love them even more.
TomTom announced recently they’d be releasing a special edition voice-pack for their devices using Jeremy Clarkson from TopGear UK as a downloadable expansion. Sadly, the pack was pulled before it ever hit the electronic shelves. They also have Snoop Dogg, Star Wars, Bugs Bunny, The Simpsons, and more! If the TopGear ans Star Wars idea wasn’t badass enough for ya, though, check out what they’re doing now! They’ve released an expansion voice-pack using Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street to tell you where you’re going! In the above video you’ll see the “behind the scenes” footage of the most famous gay couple ever goofing about in the studios, but don’t worry; the final product isn’t as confusing. You can, however, give the system a test-run on their website (link given below) to listen to how the final commands will sound. Still funny, by the way.
If you have a TomTom, you’re in luck! You can now download the Bert & Ernie voice-pack online and through your TomTom for only $12.95.. It really makes me want to go buy a TomTom.
Link: http://www.tomtom.com/en_us/products/voices/bert-ernie/ <== Give the link a go and play around with the Bert & Ernie voices as well as the rest of the expansion packs!
We’ve all by now seen the “don’t text & drive” campaign commercials blasted all over TV. We all know we’re not supposed to do it but some still do. I don’t. And if I did still text while driving prior to seeing this video, I’d stop.
The above video was made by Gwent Police force for South Wales, overseas. They decided to get serious with the campaign videos after seeing that New Zealand goes over the top with their drunk-driving PSAs. S. Wales spent a well-used $20,000 on this anti-text video and I don’t think it could have gone any better.
The video is brutal, bloody, emotional, and I love it.
Japan’s earthquakes shook the world. No they clearly didn’t SHAKE the earth but the effects from the country’s distress have been quite dramatic, especially to the automotive industry. Japanese automakers almost all were forced to shut down production after the quake, tsunami, and then the radioactive issues at the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. Facilities continued their unfortunate delays and once rebounded, automakers salvaged what they could and picked up where they left off. However, everything in the area was now radioactive and materials needed to be cleaned off. Unfortunately, it’s come about now that things aren’t all rosepetals like they’ve once been thought to be.
New cars from Japan are one thing; they’re new and fresh. But it’s come to the surface that since the quake, Japan has been exporting used vehicles to other countries that are still testing positive for radioactivity at unsafe levels (legal radiation limit is .3 microsieverts per hour). Japan now has radiation testers located at it’s docks that test vehicles but they’ve still let through almost a thousand vehicles. There was even a van found originally registered within the 18-mile danger-zone with radioactive levels of 110 microsieverts —-that’s 300 times the legal limit! What’s sad is that this van was sold by a dealer knowing where it had come from.
With stories like this and others telling the tale of unsafe radioactive levels found in [deemed] suitable neighborhoods in Japan, it makes me wonder how long it will take for them to get back on their feet. The government already told a portion of the population that they could return home and continue life only to find later most of these areas contain high levels of radioactivity and they aren’t safe after all. The coastal areas of Japan also have tested positive for high levels, deeming them unsafe still. I really really hope there’s still hope for Japan; I have yet to visit!