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Gadget Freak Review: DIY Open-Source Car, Smartphone-Controlled Radiator Cover

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Cozy (Smartphone-controlled Radiator Cover)
mrdon   2/21/2014 10:03:48 PM
These are pretty interested Gadget Freak reviews. I'm quite intriqued with the Cosy device. I didn't realize there's still radiators being used in apartments. I remember the burn  I received by touching one of them when I was a kid. Unfortunately, thermal covers were not used to prevent such an injury. The name Cozy suits the application because of the "warmth" being trapped by the radiator cover.The name must have originated from the company's marketing department.

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ervin0072002   2/18/2014 8:30:55 AM
Yea there is the attraction of the process i suppose. I have that with boats not so much with cars. My reasoning is that far more accidents happen on the road and the risk is substantial. Driving a half made car is not advised. So I never considered the possibility since it would be a large waste that takes space in my garage.

(yes I know a boat is a much larger waste hence why it will only happen after I retire lol. )

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wbswenberg   2/17/2014 9:06:58 PM
ervin0072002 Don't wait and deny yourself the fun and the problems.  There is working on your car that you must do to drive it.  Then there are the fun things that you dont have to do but are fun even if it is work.  Building a boat and repairing the Model A are treats for working on house maintenance and car repairs.  Even if you have to work through problems.

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DIY or RYO(rip yourself off)
ervin0072002   2/17/2014 3:01:25 PM
Honestly this is a case of you get what you pay for. It looks pretty and nice and useful and cheap until you find out what it lacks. Add all that and it turns out there is no saving for you. Actually all the saving is for the parts manufacturer because guess what they don't have to assemble it. Theoretically it can get assembled in 44 minutes or whatever.... What about the 90% of the other options they did not include in the car?

Good rule of thumbs

DIY(do it yourself)=RYO(rip yourself off)

It makes sense to do it yourself if and only if it's a learning experience. Most of the time it costs more for DIY because of the "labor, extra options or materials not included, amateur mistakes we all make them, ..." etc. etc. etc.

Just buy a car probably will end up being cheaper, last longer, drive safer and some more benefits i have not thought about...

(FYI: When I retire I will still build my own darn boat... mostly for experience and fun not because it cannot be found for less elsewhere)


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Tabby needs an Engine
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   2/17/2014 2:57:46 PM
So the idea of the Tabby is to add the engine-type of your choice-?  I guess it has sufficient strength and stability to mount an internal combustion engine (up to some maximum weight and torque output-?) 

Not sure I'm convinced I could put it together in one hour – I typically spend more time than that just studying the various parts for assembly.  But I suppose if I were familiar with the design, I could it in an hour – after about the 8th attempt!

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Re: Tabby cars
naperlou   2/17/2014 9:55:21 AM
This is too much.  My son and I just had a conversation via e-mail about the Caterham 7, which is a kit car that has been around since 1957 (as the Lotus 7).  You can put any engine you want in it, including an electric.  I am not sure if anyone has, yet. 

The idea is good, but these types of cars are inherently less safe than traditinal vehicles.  If you are going at lower speeds, such as in an urban area, this should not be a real problem. 

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Re: Tabby cars
Daniyal_Ali   2/16/2014 7:26:32 AM
Charles, they can even be designed to go about 150 km/h depending on weight. The best thing about these cars is that they are open source, which in turn leads to far reaching effects. Not only can they be transported easily but they can comfortably be installed by the locals because of the open source facility.
I am sure after the success of these small cars venture, big cars with higher speed limits would be manufactured.

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Tabby cars
Charles Murray   2/14/2014 5:35:02 PM
The Tabby cars are cool. I don't know if they'd work on suburban Amerrican roads, where the cars are bigger and the speed limits are higher. But I can see them having some popularity on crowded urban roads, especially in countries where small cars are the norm.

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