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Old 29th March 2006, 21:17   #1
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Exclamation LED alloy wheels that can display virtually any image while you drive!

Source: http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/0,39...9259669,00.htm

We all know how wonderful computers are. You can use them to do your homework, enjoy a virtually unlimited supply of multimedia content and read brilliant consumer electronics news and reviews on the Internet.

We know they're also used under the bonnet of modern cars to help them run efficiently, but nothing could prepare us for the Dub Pimpstar -- a set of alloy wheels that can display virtually any image while you drive.

Each wheel has a built-in microprocessor and wireless adapter, as well as the key component, a set of LED lights that create images while they spin. The images are created using a strobe modulation technique, or possibly voodoo -- we're not quite sure, but the effect is stunning.



Images are sent to the wheels via Wi-Fi, and you can choose to have all four wheels displaying the same picture, have different pictures on each one, and you can even have images changing automatically at different time intervals. Everything is controlled via software in Windows XP, so when the system eventually crashes, you'll still look cool, as they'll be displaying the infamous 'blue screen of death' -- at least it'll match the neon lights under your car.

The LEDs are environmentally sealed, so you can take them through a car wash, and they run off the electrical power in your car, so you don't have to worry about batteries running down. The Pimpstar is available in 22-, 24- and 26-inch guises and starts at $12,500 (£7,200).

If that's a little rich for your blood, you should also check out the SpokePOV LED Bike Wheel kit. It works in a similar way to the Pimpstar, but for your bicycle, and only costs $40. -RR

http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?ma...&products_id=5


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Old 29th March 2006, 21:34   #2
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too good.....nice for advertisement and other stuff......or else you could just have them display your fav images and go the whole hog in increasing the oomph factor of your ride!!!!
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F1 teams were contemplating the use of this technology as advertising space last year, Don't think that worked out!!!

For me, well.....wheels will be just Wheels........They do their duty best that way!!!!
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PIMPSTAR !! Couldn't have been a better name for this. Dunno but i find a bit tacky
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pimpstar wat a name
1st we had LCD inside car now now LCD on wheels tooo

Images are sent to the wheels via Wi-Fi
it would be really fun to hack this wi-fi and send your own images into some 1 elses wheels
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hmmmmm there are going to be two schools of thought for this new idea.like anything else one that says "oooomph and how!!!" and one that says " im old fashioned ! "
call me old fashioned but i wouldnt want my wheels looking like that
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hmmmmm there are going to be two schools of thought for this new idea.like anything else one that says "oooomph and how!!!" and one that says " im old fashioned ! "
call me old fashioned but i wouldnt want my wheels looking like that
Dude even if you are old fashioned, imagine the possibility of displaying a new set of alloy design on your wheels everytime; wouldn't that be cool? And maybe it can send a series of images to make it rotate too.
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here's a video of the pimpstar wheels, gives a idea of how it look .......

http://rapidshare.de/files/16876661/...elgen.wmv.html
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Default Super Rims

http://www.dumpalink.com/media/1143450280/Picture_Rims
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hey man they are very cool . are they available in india???
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yup they are cool as in customisation is very unique....
i was just looking for some software, n gt found this link
not in India as of now...
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The are complete bling bling...
What the African Americans call Pimpin Wheels...
But nice for a show car ...
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I saw those claimed 40" wheels on humourexpress.com but have a strong feeling it's photoshopped, note the width of the front tire, you think a 40" wheel will be just 6-7J wide???
Even the 40" sticker on the quarter glass looks skewed!!!

Wat say?
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The Landcruiser looks like a wheelchair
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