the progress of design: creating the AUDI sport quattro concept from designboom on Vimeo.

 Audi A8: Sees the imperceptible

When driving along unlit roads at night, it can be difficult to see pedestrians or animals ahead. Night vision assistance technology in the new Audi A8 detects heat sources ahead, using an infrared thermal imaging camera mounted in the front grill.

A live camera image is featured on the Driver Information System showing potential hazards in the car’s path, highlighted in red to alert the driver.
 The all-new Audi S3 Cabriolet
Powered by a 300 PS 2.0-litre TFSI capable of 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds, the all-new Audi S3 Cabriolet is designed to make the most of every journey:
See Top Gear’s full review of our ‘indecently quick’ new cabriolet:
Audi A8 - Intelligent lighting technology

Our innovative new Matrix LED technology is now available on the Audi A8, anticipating and reacting constantly to light sources on the road. So it’s reassuring to know that the full-time high beam gives you bright illumination, and automatically dims sections of the headlight whenoncoming traffic approaches to avoid dazzling other drivers.

When cornering, the LEDs also intuitively brighten or dim to shift focus along the curve of the road, and help you to turn safely. These headlights give the car an unmistakable appearance during the day, and significantly reduce eye-strain when driving at night.
 A preview of the new Audi TT
From a design sketch to a snow covered test course, see how we redefined a modern icon with this sneak peek of the third generation Audi TT ahead of its unveiling at Geneva Motor Show next week. Watch the video here…

Introducing Audi City Berlin

Berlin is the latest city to get its own innovative Audi showroom. Audi City Berlin measures 375 square meters, over two floors, and has 87 square meters of digital projection area.  

Using innovative media technology, visitors can customise their car from several million options and experience it in realistic form on a 1:1 scale on ceiling-high powerwall displays. The Audi cyberstore also features a stereo 3D powerwall, which lets people experience Audi like never before using the spacial effects of 3D sound.
City: Beijing

Imperial and Contemporary Architecture in Beijing 北京
by Gedsman on Flickr.

New MacBook Pro brings together all the best features of Apple products in laptop

The new MacBook Pro is out in the world, featuring incredible screen resolution on a screen that packs over 5 million pixels into fifteen inches.  The eye-popping viewing experience is akin to the iPhone or iPad, but this is the first retina display available on a computer. Mashable has taken photos of some images side by side on an old Macbook and the new.

The downside is that software has not yet caught up with Apple’s screen innovation, so only classic Apple programs will reflect the improvements - iPhoto, Safari, Final Cut, iMovie, etc. but updates are on the way for Chrome and Kindle.

Apple has also introduced another significant but less apparent big change in computer technology.  Hard drives have been completely replaced with flash drives.  Flash drives have many benefits, they are much more durable, because there are no mechanical moving parts.  They use less battery and are much smaller, allowing computers to become thinner. Flash drives were used for the Macbook Air. They are more expensive than hard drives, but this is the first time that Apple has been able to balance the benefits with the price tag, bringing you the first fully functioning laptop without a hard drive. 

For those sonically inclined, the dual stereo speakers and double microphones sound amazing. Apple designers say that two mics are better than one for cancelling out white noise more effectively, making for a better Skype chatting and also making way for Mac OS Mountain Lion talk to type dictation software.  

NYTimes: “MacBook, a Point Shy of Perfect”

Mashable: “Retina MacBook Destroys Regular MacBook: 15 Eye-Popping Examples”

Wired: “Hands-On with the super slim MacBook Pro with retina display”