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The famed Halda Watch Company of Sweden is introducing a new convertible into the market for high-dollar racing watches. There’s a twist to this beauty’s black titanium frame: it accepts both a gorgeous mechanical movement as well as a high-tech digital chronometer for racing lap times and three-axis g-force readings.

The concept of two watches serving different purposes enhances the authenticity of the product for a realistic racing tie-in. The digital portion, or the Racing Module, is pre-loaded with full maps of the world’s 150 top racetracks, like Suzuka in Japan and Silverstone in England. The digital face is also perfectly useful in real life via reconfigurable display settings to deliver all the critical watch functions plus a few extra, like a super-loud alarm amplifier to be heard over racing engines.

Offered as a single watch or the pair of faces, the new Race Module also clips into Halda’s existing flagship watch, the Space Discovery.

Please click past the jump for the full gadget review of the Halda Race Pilot.

We’ve all been there and done that; you’re cruising down the road and the “Check Engine” light pops on. Then you have three choices. Choice No. 1 is simply ignoring the light and risking damaging important components on your car. Choice No. 2 is taking the car to the shop and pay upward of $100 just to have the light diagnosed. Choice No. 3 is to buy your own scanner for $50-plus and hope that you can sort out the problem.

Well, now there is a product named Automatic Link that takes the place of the standard OBD-II scanner and spits out the code that the check engine light was caused by and a general summary of the code right on your Bluetooth-compatible smartphone.

On top of being a rolling and wireless scanner, it also keeps tab on your driving style, mpg and so much more.

Click past the just to read our review on the Automatic Link

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The advocates for eliminating cell phone usage in vehicles have reason to rejoice due to the newest product delivered by BlueAnt this past Monday. The new S4 allows the driver to operate their cell phone with only their voice. To activate the S4 the driver only needs to say, “BlueAnt speak to me”. Not the most original phrase, but easy to remember. To make a call, all the driver has to say is, “Phone Commands” and the S4’s will activate your phone’s voice dialing feature.

Receiving calls on the S4 is just as easy as making them. When the phone rings, the S4 will announce the name of the person calling or the phone number that is calling. The driver can easily answer or ignore the call by stating his choice. The S4 goes a step further by operating with the Vlingo Safereader installed on a Blackberry or Android to read out the text messages sent to your phone. The phone also works with the Microsoft BING 411 to connect the driver with stock quotes, movie times, directions, weather forecasts, sports results, news and traffic updates.

Full story after the jump.

We all know that Jay Leno loves his cars. After all, he probably has enough cars – modern and vintage – to make his own showroom. But despite owning a fleet of some of the most expensive and prestigious vehicles in the world, we still don’t know as to how much of a car fanatic Jay Leno is. That’s until we found out that our favorite ex-late night talk show host has his own 3D scanner, which he uses to scan and print rare and irreplaceable car parts from his vintage classics. Now, that’s something you’ve never heard before.

Leno’s revolutionary gadget is a NextEngine 3D Scanner, which can scan a fully-functioning auto part in 20 minutes at 160,000 dots per inch resolution. After doing so, he takes his scanned image and prints it into a plastic 3D model using his Dimension 3D Printer. While the resulting part isn’t the final piece of the exercise – he takes the plastic, which can be scanned and printed in three hours, and uses it to make a mold that will eventually produce the metal, which he uses on the car.

We know a lot of car aficionados the world over that would go to great lengths to restore their precious vehicles, but we’ve never seen anyone that has an device that can actually make a 3D image of a vintage car part. But that’s why Jay Leno is who he is.

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Remote License Plate Cover, the ultimate tool for speeding cameras

Since most of us don’t have a muppet to take care of our speeding tickets , this little gadget may be useful for defeating speeding cameras. This RF license plate cover features motorized panels which can cover your license plates. Now with the push of a key fob button you can drive as fast as you want. So far we’ve only seen it for international style long plates, but for those who are interested it can be found here.

P.S. When the cops catch you, and they will, you didn’t get the idea from us.

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Not since Calvin relieving himself on your least favorite car brand has been so easy for a driver to show his/her feelings. "The Hand" remote controller window sign is a funny and useful gadget that signs how you feel towards the other drivers. For $40, this electroluminescent gesturing hand will allow to focus your attention completely on the road.

Just make sure you always have some expression always on. To correctly fit all the different gestures, the blank hand has six fingers.

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Have you ever seen your kids bored in your long family trips? Well, today we have the solution: Carcade, a concept for an in-car videogame designed for the passengers, which actually captures the landscape and uses it as a videogame environment. For example trees and houses on your window will be recognized by the incorporated camera connected to a laptop, and then it will enter your game. Also, when the car accelerates, the game will become more difficult (that’s got to be safe.)

The bad news is that for the moment the game is only a concept. But who knows, maybe in the future you will be able to play you’re own live version of Midnight Club !

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Some people don’t want to be away from their muscle cars, even if its buying more parts for them online. For people like this, “Road Mice” provides a wireless computer mouse in the shape of different models such as Ford Mustang , the new Chevy Camaro, Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Corvette .

RDM presents the new Road Mice for muscle car fans

The funny accessory is compatible with both PC and Mac and features the latest RF and optical technology with a high resolution of 800 dpi. The scroll button is placed on the hood while the 4-wheels mouse received also a pair of working headlights.

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In the never-ending quest to keep eyes on the road, Parrot, the well known manufacturer specialized in wireless mobile telephone accessories, launched its MKi Series. This is a range of iPhod-enabled control systems specially developed to be used in your car. The MKi series features two microphones incorporated with text to speech technology that interfaces with the iPod or iPhone. MKi series comes with three models, the MKi9000, MKi9100 and MKi9200, each fitted with a RF remote control.

The MKi9100 features a blue 2 lines OLED display while the 9200 comes with a 2.4 inch color TFT display. MKi displays information regarding phone status, phone book and a small playlist while the 9200 features some extra information such as caller picture id, full playlist and LP covers. The retail prices of the Parrot MKi system are as follows: MKi9000 for $231, MKi9100 for $266 and MKi9200 for $337.

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Another interesting partnership is hitting today the high-tech segment with the release of the new P’9522, a product developed from the collaboration between Sagem, the French cellular producer and Porsche Design. Named iPorsche, the new cell phone has a very stylish looking and it features a large 2.8inch touch screen, 5 Megapixels digital camera, a GPS, a WiFi connector and a MicroSD fingerprint reader. There only one detail missing from the new jewelry, the 3G feature, but considering its equipment probably no one will give much of importance. The new cell is scheduled to hit the market by November with the first market aimed being France. Due to the Porsche signature the cost of the good looking accessory will be near €600.


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