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TRW Automotive offers forward collision warning systems

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. is offering a range of forward collision warning systems based on camera and radar technology. TRW noted that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s NCAP (new car assessment program) revision includes Forward Collision Warning, Electronic Stability Control and Lane Departure Warning systems, which will be featured on vehicle stickers. Forward collision warning methods can include audio tones, visual warnings, a pulse in the brake pedal and/or a...

RepliCade’s Dragon’s Lair Is The Coolest Mini Arcade Machine I’ve Played

I’ve played with a lot of mini arcade machines, but none as impressive as New Wave Toys’ RepliCade X Dragon’s Lair. The incredibly detailed 1/6 scale cabinet features an authentic scoreboard, a miniature laserdisc player, and a lovely 4.2-inch screen displaying a video game that looks like a Don Bluth cartoon. Most of the arcade machines I own, both mini and full-size, play games that were built with pixels and/or vectors. The $US120 ($164) RepliCade X Dragon’s Lair, officially licensed by...

For its 50th birthday, Tomica's high-detail diecasts finally return to North America

This year, Tomica turns 50, and I know what you’re going to say: “What’s a Tomica?” Well, it’s a toy diecast car produced by Takara Tomy, makers of everything from Pokemon to Transformers.As is common in Japan, the name is a portmanteau of two words, “Tomy” and “Car.” Tomica sells 180 million cars every year, and this year, they’ve arrived on our shores.But not for the first time. If you were a kid growing up in the 1980s, you might have bought a Tomica before. I did: a...