Tag: Motors

Stellfox Automotive

If you’re looking for a really good auto mechanic definitely checkout Stellfox. The amount of times Mark and Cheryl have bailed me out because of various issues with my Honda Accord is too many to count. In fact looking back, Stellfox has helped me out with replacement door handles, welding a small hole in the exhaust to actually replacing it, from old brakes, to avoiding a costly clutch change and who can forget the monthly oil change. Either way, now that I’ve got my new Toyota Corolla I haven’t had to go back for any maintenance but for anyone else out there, if you need some automotive help give them a call:

Stellfox Automotive
215 Holmes Road,
Holmes PA 19043
(610) 237-6440

StreetDeck

At DEMO2006, MP3Car introduced the first complete in-car software platform called StreetDeck. The ‘enabler’ boasts an impressive feature list including:

  • Touch Screen Control
  • Navigation & Mapping
  • Bluetooth Phone Integration
  • Satellite Radio
  • Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Rear-view Camera Support
  • CD player/MP3 Extraction
  • MP3 Player
  • FM Radio
  • DVD/Video Player
  • Picture Viewer
  • WiFi Sync Support

However, with the $1,699.00 hardware bundle price and Apple’s iPod already having rosy relationships with automobile manufacturers and Portal Player announcing plans to develop WiFi and Bluetooth capable devices I think it’ll be a while before StreetDeck makes a noticable dent in the automobile market.

The North American Solar Challenge

Messiah College just finished the 2005 Solar Splash – an annual solar boat racing and design competition. Unfortunately, this year they will not be participating in the American Solar Challenge – the annual solar car racing and design competition. Nevertheless, I’m hoping at least one of the teams blog about the race. While at Messiah, this was definitely one of the most all round activities I had participated in, competitive not only on the race course but also in terms of the application of technology and real-world in every sense of the word. From scouting for sponsors and developing marketing material, to working with the heads-up display and memories of lots and lots of all-nighters. Every one of those days was devoted to the cause of helping develop a car that would run on solar power. If you get a chance, I urge you to stop by and show your support for a local university’s racing car, especially considering that gas prices aren’t showing any signs of decrease.