Question by Sinister: I need a sponsor that will fund a FRC robotics team about 30,000 dollars a year. What are you thoughts? A FRC robotics team is a competition where a team builds large robots that run on a field every year. Not the point here, so look it up for more info.
The problem is, we cant find a sponsor that can fund us. Times are tough, but we need a sponsor.
What would be some good companies that could fun a robotics team? What are some ideal ways to approach them? Thanks
Answer by azraelsecondlifeIdk.
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Incident took the stage this afternoon at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC and debuted the gTar. It’s safe to say that they are already a major contender for the Disrupt Cup.
The startup wowed the crowd with their iPhone-powered teaching guitar. The judges loved it. The crowd loved it. And most importantly, fans turned to the startup’s Kickstarter campaign where funding took off like a rocket. Prior to hitting the stage, the gTar had raised just a touch above $ 10,000. Now, almost exactly two hours after their Disrupt debut, their Kickstarter funding (a.k.a. pre-orders) is north of $ 42,000 and rising fast.
The gTar seems to hit home with most people who see the demo. It promises to take away the massive learning curve associated with playing guitar. With a progressive learning mode, the gTar essentially reinvents guitar lessons. Besides that, experienced players can rock out to the gTar’s synthesized instruments or simply play around with its LED fretboard.
There is a real chance that a hardware startup will win Disrupt NYC this year and that’s very exciting.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace has now reached 30,000 applications.
The software giant’s Marketplace of mobile apps is on fire. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has taken nearly 10 months to reach 30,000 apps since launch. Apple’s iPhone App Store took just over 8 months and Google’s Android store took 17 months to reach the same amount. Microsoft’s developer momentum is treading well as it approaches a year of Windows Phone 7 in the market.
Marketplace trackers windowsphoneapplist.com is currently tracking 30,004 apps in the Marketplace. WP7applist is tracking 29,46 5applications worldwide and explains 4,518 of them are inactive, 51% are available for free and the average price is $ 1.59 per paid application. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace is growing at an impressive rate. The Marketplace passed 15,000 apps in April just in time for its six month birthday. WP7applist says that 187 apps are updated on average each day. In the last 24 hours, 67 apps were updated and 59 were added.
Windows Phone 7 launched on October 26 with 1,000 applications available. Nearly a year on and the Marketplace is strong at 30,000 apps. Microsoft appears to be building up a good momentum amongst application developers. Microsoft recently finalized its Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update. The company is planning to unveil a number of new devices from its partners on September 1. HTC and Samsung are expected to show off their Windows Phone 7.5 offerings. Microsoft has yet to confirm when existing devices will receive the Mango update. The company will be keen to avoid similar delays with its first platform update, “NoDo”.
Microsoft’s new Nokia partnership is a great opportunity for new and existing developers as more and more consumers take advantage of Windows Phone. Nokia said recently that it plans to ship Windows Phone branded devices to developers when they are available later this year. Nokia’s first Windows Phone, codenamed “Sea Ray” was leaked to the internet last month after Elop demonstrated the device at an internal company meeting. The device is expected to be available later this year. The design of the device appears to be identical to the recently announced Nokia N9, powered by MeeGo. The device is “super confidential” at this stage and features gorilla glass, pillow shaped backing and a carl ziess 8MP camera. The secret nature of the device hasn’t stopped it leaking however. A new video emerged last month of ‘Sea Ray’ booting up into Windows Phone 7.5. The video demo provides a good hands on for the new device. The product is Nokia’s first Windows Phone device and will be available later this year when the company releases a batch of Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” devices.
Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 30,000 applications originally appeared at WinRumors.com.
Maybe the ol’ trustfund just kicked in. Maybe you’ve decided you too own a chunk of Facebook, and actually managed to get them to settle. Whatever the case, you’re sitting on a fat pile of cash and are feelin’ gaudy, good taste be damned.
The self-declared luxury phone designers at Gresso, previously mentioned for cramming six ugly clocks into the back of the iPhone (for $ 6000) and wrapping an iPhone 4 in 200-year old wood (for $ 5000), are back with another one. This time, they’re looking to get $ 30,000 for their wares.
This morning, the company disclosed some details regarding a product they’re calling Lady Blanche, pictured above. As you can see, it’s essentially the same design as the aforementioned ugly clock one, with three of the ugly clocks replaced with… little pearl pockets full of diamonds.
The Lady Blanche actually comes in two rich flavors: one with 0.01 carat white diamonds (the $ 30,000 model), and another with Swarovski crystals in their place (which goes for $ 7000, instead. Bargaaaain!). The entirety of the back is made of diamond-coated mineral glass, which should keep your flying car’s keys from scratching it be it that they end up in the same pocket.
I kid, but only because I sure as hell can’t afford it. They only have to sell a few for this to work — and chances are, there are just enough oil tycoons out there to make it happen. If I had millions to burn and I’d done my fair share of humanitarian work, you know I’d be rocking this from the great heights of my hybrid mansion-blimp. It doesn’t seem to be up on their site just yet, but PocketLink says it should be available sometime this year.
Shout out ChipChick for the second image, shown below:
No, it’s not an actual bird. The Lark is a sleeping aid device meant for couples that launched last year at Disrupt and made some more announcements just last month, and reader Graham decided to pick one up after hearing about it. And while normally a package might go from a warehouse to a regional center, and then onward to its destination, this particular one has traveled more than 30,000 miles and crossed the Pacific no less than three times on its tortuous way to Del Mar, California.
After leaving Shenzhen (naturally) it has stopped by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Alaska, Kentucky, California (briefly), Australia, Hong Kong again, and then back to California, and should arrive in the next few days.
Many gadgets undergo this global gauntlet, but it’s interesting to see it tracked like this. Many OEM devices are shipped to US-based companies for final packing and distribution, but this one has the circumference of the earth under its belt and then some, all on a UPS Saver delivery service. Talk about a global economy — it’s very impressive, but I shudder to think at the amount of fuel involved in this. A necessary consequence of putting manufacturing and demand on two sides of an ocean, I guess.
If you want a Lark, you should probably just drop by the Apple Store. More direct. Seems pretty SkyMall-ish to me, but I’m not really the target market .
If you’re in the market for a grenade launcher with a kick and you’re a US soldier, check FedEx for your new XM25 Smart Grenade Launcher, a device that shoots a “25 mm microchip-embedded high explosive round that detonates above or beside the target, showering the enemy with lethal metal fragments.” Sounds like my senior prom! It’s a bit aged by now, but the Army just started shipping 12,500 devices, “one for each infantry squad and Special Forces team” and according to ECN Magazine they’ll ship to the rest of the soldiers in 2012 and 2013. The system has a day and night sight, and it shoots standard RPGs as well in addition to the smart round. It holds four rounds at a time and the sight is almost completely automatic – you lase your target, fire, and wait. Then there’s an explosion.
Sadly, it will be hard to get these if you’re not a current Army subscriber, so if you want to try it out I’d suggest hitting ROTC or your local recruitment center pronto.
GM is banking large on the Chevy Volt and apparently feels confident about its success. The auto maker just issued a statement, which conveniently coincides while President Obama is touring the assembly plant, detailing the increased production estimate for 2012. The Detroit-Hamtramck facility will now pump out 50% more than previously detailed, an increase to 45,000 from 30,000.
Chances are this production bump is dependent on a successful roll-out of the first 10,000 vehicles slated to hit dealers later this year. If the $41,000 Volt quickly flops, then GM will probably scale the production numbers back to the initial estimate or less.
GM has a lot riding on, not only the Volt, but also the Voltec platform. As I detailed yesterday, GM’s future doesn’t ride solely on the Volt, but rather the future vehicles that will employ the same electric/gas parallel hybrid powertrain. But the Volt still needs to be successful. If the Prius — and it’s nearly identical but more expensive Lexus cousin — has taught us anything is that some consumers couldn’t care less about actual gas savings. They’re after the perception that they do.DETROIT, Mich. – General Motors today said that thanks to strong public interest in the Chevrolet Volt, the 340-mile extended range electric vehicle, it will increase U.S. production capacity of the groundbreaking new car by 50 percent, from 30,000 units to 45,000 units, in 2012.
The announcement came as U.S. President Barack Obama toured the Detroit-Hamtramck facility, where the Volt is being produced now for sale later this year.
“The Chevrolet Volt provides drivers with the latest technology, outstanding innovation, and something no other electric vehicle can provide – peace of mind,” said Edward E. Whitacre, Jr., GM Chairman and CEO. “We are very proud to host the President of the United States at this plant, where the future of the American automobile industry is being built today by the men and women of General Motors.”
The expanded U.S. production capacity is the latest in a series of positive developments for the Chevrolet Volt. This week, participating Chevrolet dealers in launch markets began taking customer orders for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, following the release of retail and lease pricing. The brand also recently announced unprecedented battery and vehicle limited warranties to bring value and peace of mind to Volt customers. And the number of U.S. launch markets for the vehicle recently was raised from three to seven. In the past few weeks, more than 25,000 people have joined the Chevrolet Volt enthusiast list.
The Volt offers a total driving range of about 340 miles and is powered by electricity at all times. For up to the first 40 miles, the vehicle drives gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered, engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 300 miles on a full tank.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant received $336 million in new investment to prepare for production of the Volt, part of more than $700 million GM has invested in eight Michigan facilities to support Volt production since 2008. This includes a 33,000 square-foot battery systems lab in Warren; a battery assembly facility in Brownstown Township; and supporting engine and stamping operations in Grand Blanc, Bay City, and three plants in Flint.
Besides direct GM jobs, the Volt has helped spur additional supplier employment and investment. Earlier this month, battery cell supplier LG Chem/Compact Power Inc. broke ground on a $300 million, 650,000 square-foot plant in Holland, Mich., to support Volt production, creating 400 jobs. In addition, the Volt helped start an electrification trend. Since its debut in January 2007, other automakers have announced 30 plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles.
About General Motors: General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 205,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 157 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.
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