KarNanny – An Innovative New Way to Watch Your Kids (or Cheating Spouse) Through Your Car

In January of 2013, General Motors unveiled a new development platform for in-car entertainment system applications.  Developers are now able to signup and create apps for GM cars via a new Software Development Kit (SDK) and Application Programming Interface (API).

Panasonic is providing the technology behind GM’s new in-car entertainment platform. The system will be included in several GM cars this year, and allows developers to build apps based on HTML5 that can then be downloaded and installed by drivers long after they have purchased their vehicles.

One hack from your Disrupt NY Hackathon, known as KarNanny, seeks to allow customers see where their children are driving and obtain notices when they’re being unsafe.  Other uses for the application are the following:

  • Track the driving activities of your spouse to identify patterns that may indicate your spouse may be cheating on you;
  • Rental Car Fleet Owners may want to track and monitor the activities of those who rent their vehicles to record their driving speed; locations visited; etc.

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Should the United States Government be Permitted to Play the Role of a Venture Capitalist?

  

The United States government has made some very risky investments in areas such as green energy and electric vehicles.  As time as shown, the government’s ability to pick winners and losers has cost the United States taxpayers billions of dollars.

Green Energy, also known as renewable or sustainable energy, is energy that comes from resources which are continually replenished such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.  According to Wikipedia, About 16% of global final energy consumption comes from renewable sources, with 10% of all energy from traditional biomass, mainly used for heating, and 3.4% from hydroelectricity.

 

These investments have instead provided a string of bankruptcies: Solyndra ($528 million in federal loans), Abound Solar ($400 million), A123 Systems ($279 million) and Fisker Automotive ($529 million), to name the most prominent examples.

Let’s begin with Solyndra, originally founded by Chris Gronet as Gronet Technologies in May of 2005.  The Company changed its name eight (8) months later to Solyndra and quietly began developing a solar module consisting of one glass tube nested inside of another.  Wrapped around the inner tube were 150 solar cells made from copper, indium, gallium and diselenide, rather than silicon.

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