Right now, if you go to mymilemarker.com to update your fuel mileage info, you’ll be greeted by a ad-filled spam page (Thanks to NightOwl for the heads up.) I was crushed, cause I’ve switched my mileage tracking over to M3 completely. Thankfully, I did some digging and found this post on the M3 Twitter account, mymm.
I recently posted about MyMileMarker.com, and how it filled a big void in my mobile life ever since I quit using the PalmOS with jMileage. Today I was filling up, logged onto MyMileMarker’s mobile site with my iPhone, and found a new Mobile Safari specific interface. The older mobile interface worked fine, but I had been hoping that they’d make this update. I’ll get some screenshots of this new interface and post them as soon as I can.
They have also updated the normal mobile version of the site, expanding compatibility to more phones. I love the site so far. I have a few datapoints in it now, so I can get line graphs of my mileage and miles driven, as well as forecasts of miles driven and cost to drive. If you have a car, you should give MyMileMarker.com a try! You don’t really need a data enabled mobile device either. It’s easy enough to jot down your stats at the pump on your receipt, stick it in your wallet/purse, and enter the information in at home.
Autoblog has a post about Nissan’s in-development Around View Monitor technology. The system uses 4 cameras positioned around the car. The feed from each camera is corrected and composited by a computer to produce a bird’s eye view of the space around the car.
I can’t help it, but I instantly think of the first generation Grand Theft Auto game, viewing your vehicle from top-down. I wonder if the system will be active while driving at speed… and if it is, I imagine it could lead to some EXTREMELY aggressive lane changes on the interstate.
I’m completely in love with the concept of creating a new view point by compositing several other viewpoints. Using the controlled distortion of specifically designed lenses, you could create some very dramatic views from a system of cameras. I think Nissan is just touching the surface of what’s possible with current technology, and I expect that we will see some amazing things in the near future, whether they are in the automotive industry or not.
[Note 04/08/08: Due to some domain issues, MyMileMarker can currently beÂ used at http://m3.sidebarcreative.com/ , www.mymilemarker.com does not work right now.]
Thanks to a post over at Eloquation.com I have discovered MyMileMarker.com. This site lets you add vehicles, and then add data whenever you fill up at the gas station. Once you enter in a few data points, you can see reports on your vehicle’s fuel economy and cost to drive. The site even appears to project your expected mileage and economy into the future.
I started using jMileage several years ago on my PalmOS PDAs, and had over three years of data on two different cars… so I am completely addicted and ingrained with the concept of tracking vehicle fuel economy. Switching to Windows Mobile, and now the iPhone, I never found a program that did the job as simply and efficiently as jMileage. I think MyMileMarker may be the perfect replacement (web)app for me.
MyMileMarker provides a mobile interface to the site at www.mymilemarker.com/m that loads great on any mobile browser. They’ve gone the extra mile though, and offer Twitter integration. You add mymm to your friends, and then you can throw log information at your account through Twitter, meaning you can use e-mail/SMS/Mobile Twitter, or manyother Twitter posting options.
There are several benefits to tracking your fuel mileage. Besides showing you how much money you sink into fueling your car, you can also keep tabs on your mechanics. If your mileage drops significantly, it’s a nice heads-up that something isn’t right. I’m looking forward to having a clear view of my car’s performance again, and this time it is completely independent of the mobile platform I want to run. You’ve got to love web apps.
Flipping through the program guide this morning I ran across Ultimate Factories on the National Geographic Channel (which I honestly didn’t realize I got). So far today I’ve seen the assembly line at Harley Davidson, and right now they’re showing how Ferrari manufactures the 599.
This shows feel like How It’s Made with much more detail and background into the products being made. I think it’s a great look for anyone in product design, or anyone who’s just curious about what goes into making some of the most famous products we buy.