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Cadillac Elmiraj Concept

With flowing lines and a new design language that can portend the direction of the forthcoming S Class fighter by Cadillac, The Elmiraj shows an evolution of the Art & Science designs that have brought Cadillac back to prominence over the past decade. This Past Weekend at Carmel California, Ed Welburn and team spoke about a myriad of issue and the…

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Added by Toyz Nation on August 17, 2013 at 7:55pm — 5 Comments

Exclusive Interview with Head Monster Noel Lee (Detroit is Back Series)



The late 70's in Northern California was an innovative and transformative era in…

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Added by Toyz Nation on December 20, 2012 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Excerpt from my book Own Your Destiny A Modern Guide to starting enterprise in 21st Century (Detroit is back Series)

Chapter 5 Automotive Excerpt Own Your Destiny (A Modern Guide to Starting Enterprise in the 21st Century)…

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Added by Toyz Nation on November 19, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Exclusive Interview with Kim Adam House Head of marketing Jeep (Detroit is back Series)

Jeep is an American icon, originally conceived in the early 1900's by Willys Overland, who displayed its ability to drive over steps. In 1941, Jeep was instrumental to the war effort with the original all-terrain vehicle that served as transportation for soldiers…

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Added by Toyz Nation on November 4, 2012 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Exclusive Interview with United Healthcare VP of Innovation Nick Martin (Detroit is back Series)

With an impact on over 16% of our economy, the issue of healthcare and managing its costs has long…

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Added by Toyz Nation on November 4, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Exclusive Interview with Ford Fusion Marketing Manager Samantha Hoyt (Detroit is back Series)

We have had a long history covering the Ford Motor Company. In fact, one of the proudest moments of my career was the opportunity to have dinner with the late, great Carroll Shelby, Funkmaster…

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Added by Toyz Nation on November 4, 2012 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Exclusive Interview with Chris Paul CP3 (Detroit is back Series)

When challenges are placed before us, our true character is forged by how we respond and by our ability to influence others through the character we exhibit. A native of Lewisville, North Carolina (near Winston Salem), Chris Paul has faced challenges in his life. His grandfather, Nathaniel Jones was brutally murdered by five teenagers. Chris Paul's grandfather was…

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Added by Toyz Nation on October 31, 2012 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

Exclusive Interview with Ralph Gilles SRT CEO & Chrysler Global Design Chief (Detroit is back Series) pt 2.

"Hes gonna wear me out. Im gonna need a couch…

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Added by Toyz Nation on October 30, 2012 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Exclusive Interview with Ralph Gilles SRT CEO & Chrysler Global Design Chief (Detroit is back Series) pt 1.

 

Following the career of Global Design Director, Ralph Gilles has been an amazing voyage. In 2005, while Chrysler was merged with Daimler, I interviewed a then young designer on-the-rise about his work with the rear-wheel drive LX platform and his iconic design work on the 300. His legend has since grown and outside events have shaped the…

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Added by Toyz Nation on October 28, 2012 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Exclusive Interview with GM President of North America Mark Reuss (Detroit is back Series)

Mark Reuss has had a huge challenge being at the helm as President of North America at General Motors. An engineer by trade, Mark has the monumental task of overseeing the legendary brands Billy Durant put together to form GM and bring them to resurgence in the main market that matters to the tax payers who made the sacrifice begrudgingly, under the stewardship of…

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Added by Toyz Nation on October 28, 2012 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Exclusive Interview with Ford CEO Alan Mulally (Detroit is back Series)

An affable CEO, who made his name with his superb leadership at airplane manufacturer, Boeing, Alan Mulally fundamentally changed the trajectory of Ford and saved the iconic brand in probably the most tumultuous stage in its history. By the time Alan Mulally took the reigns of Ford in 2006, the seeds of the industry collapse of…

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Added by Toyz Nation on October 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments

Exclusive Interview with Fisker Automotive Founder Henry Fisker

As Fisker came up for his DOE loan under the department of Energy Advanced Technology vehicle manufacturing loan program created in 2008 with a fund of $25 billion authorized under section 136 of the …

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Added by Toyz Nation on October 22, 2012 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

From wiz kid who developed Jazz Jackrabbit to Design Director and the steward of the Unreal Engine platform. Cliff Bleszinski or CliffyB as he is affectionately known has been the brains behind what …

From wiz kid who developed Jazz Jackrabbit to Design Director and the steward of the Unreal Engine platform. Cliff Bleszinski or CliffyB as he is affectionately known has been the brains behind…

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Added by Toyz Nation on September 3, 2012 at 4:48pm — 3 Comments

Inside U2 3D with Director Catherine Owens

 

Having helmed the director’s camera on U2 tours, ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation, and Vertigo, Catherine Owens was the perfect choice for a landmark undertaking, a concert movie shot in 3D. The top-grossing concert performers, U2, have always given fans a massive experience with their shows. Having not toured South America for 8 years prior, the U2 3D movie covers the…

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Added by Toyz Nation on September 2, 2012 at 8:14pm — 5 Comments

GM VP GLOBAL DESIGN ED WELBURN (Detroit is Back Series)





To re-enter the stock market with the largest IPO ever is a feat, due in no small part to the quality of products GM has under its shed. Now streamlined to 4 brands and still maintaining its global footprint, resources are now more efficiently allocated to…

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Added by Toyz Nation on September 2, 2012 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Toyznation Toyz Guide 2012

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Added by Toyz Nation on January 9, 2012 at 4:03am — 5 Comments

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Finsbury Glover Hering in talks to buy rival Sard Verbinnen

Deal for leading communications adviser in US mergers and activism would mark latest consolidation move

Ben Chestnut and Dan Kurzius, the men who made MailChimp

This week the pair, who took no venture capital, agreed to sell their email marketing business for $12bn

JPMorgan: chasing a last-mover advantage

Deep pockets and digital-only strategy give launch into UK consumer banking some chance of success

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Facebook hands over VR painting and animation app Quill to its creator

Facebook has handed over virtual reality illustration and animation tool Quill to Iñigo Quilez, the developer who created the app. Quilez has formed a company called Smoothstep and rebranded the tool as Quill by Smoothstep, which is now on the Oculus Store.

The original Quill app will be removed from the Oculus Store on October 18th. It'll still work for those who downloaded it, but Oculus won't support the app any longer. Users will need to manually upload creators to Oculus Media Studio manually rather than through Quill as well.

Facebook says Quill content shared on Oculus Media Studio or Oculus TV will still be available on Oculus for now. The Quill Theater app will remain on the store — it will be renamed as VR Animation Player next month. The Oculus team also noted that Smoothstep has open sourced both Quill Theater’s IMM immersive content distribution file format (IMM) and an IMM player.

Quilez built the first version of Quill during a 2015 hackathon to aid production on Oculus Story Studio's VR short, Dear Angelica. The film was the first to be hand-painted completely inside of a VR environment. Other filmmakers have adopted Quill, with works createdusing the tool being screened at major film festivals such as Sundance and Venice.

Some major companies are expected to enter or push deeper into the VR and mixed reality space in the coming years, such as Apple and Sony. As such, developers of VR creation tools such as Quill have a big opportunity for growth in the medium term.

Hyundai puts Boston Dynamic's Spot robot to work as a factory safety inspector

Boston Dynamics’ Spot has found itself a new job, and thankfully this time it doesn’t involve a potential battlefield role. Hyundai has started testing the robot at a Kia manufacturing plant in South Korea where it will be one of the tools the company uses to ensure the facility is safe for workers. The pilot represents the first public collaboration between the two companies since Hyundai acquired a majority stake in Boston Dynamics this past June.

You’ll notice the Spot featured in the video Hyundai released looks different from the robot we’ve seen in past clips. That’s because the automaker’s Robotics Lab outfitted it with what is essentially a backpack that features a host of enhancements, including a thermal camera, LiDAR and more powerful computing resources for handling additional AI tasks. The “AI Processing Service Unit” allows Spot to detect people, monitor temperatures and check for fire hazards. Additionally, a secure webpage allows factory personnel to monitor the robot remotely, and take over control if they want to inspect an area of the facility more closely.

According to Hyundai, the pilot will help it assess the effectiveness of Spot as a late-night security patrol robot before it goes on to deploy it at additional industrial sites. Automation, manufacturing and construction applications align with what the automaker said was its grand plan for Boston Dynamics when it bought the company.

Michigan State Police to begin testing Ford Mach-E Interceptors

The next time you get pulled over in Michigan, it could be by a cop in an electric SUV — at least if Ford has anything to say about it. The American automaker is stepping up its Police Interceptor program, which modifies existing models for use by law enforcement, typically with beefed up suspensions, brakes and added horsepower. 

The company has pitched the idea to law enforcement agencies in the UK, while the city of Ann Arbor, MI already has two such vehicles on order. On Friday, Ford announced that it, in short order, will deliver one of its Mustang Mach-E Interceptor prototypes — which appears to be based on the Mach-E GT variant — to the Michigan State Police as well, where it will undergo real-world testing to see if the EV can handle the rigors of police work.

Ford hopes to "use the pilot program testing as a benchmark while it continues to explore purpose-built electric police vehicles in the future" as part of its $30 billion multi-year investment in EV technology. 

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