SHARING AMERICA'S TECH NEWS FROM THE VALLEY TO THE ALLEY
by Sean Ludwig, courtesy VentureBeat, edits by TiA Staff
It’s the fourth of July, a day for fireworks, barbecue, and all things American. So here at VentureBeat we’ve decided to get in the mood by spotlighting some great homegrown American gadgets and products.
Despite much manufacturing being performed in other parts of the world, many gadgets and appliances are still made in the United States. Tech companies like Apple and Google have even done some recent flag-waving and promised to bring some manufacturing back to the good ol’ U.S.A.
Check out five of our favorite American gadgets (and one bonus) below.
Tesla Model S
Many cars are made right here in the United States, with Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC, Jeep all represented. Even some foreign brands make models in plants here, including Honda, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz.
But one American carmaker really stands out for pushing innovation above all else, and that’s Tesla Motors. The Elon Musk-founded startup makes Model S electric cars and while these vehicles are quite expensive at more than $80,000, the prices are getting better over time. Musk has even teased that a $30,000 vehicle is potentially in the cards.
Tesla is also making gains when it comes to electric car tech in general. The company recently showed off battery swapping technology during an on-stage demo. During the demo, the company showed it only takes 90 seconds to swap a Tesla battery, which is faster than getting a full tank of gas.
MakerBot Replicator 2
One exceptionally cool thing about MakerBot (besides the cash it is swimming in now) is that all of its 3D printers, including its flagship Replicator (above), is “assembled and tested by skilled labor” in a factory in Brooklyn.
Apple’s latest Mac Pro
The new Mac Pro has a sleek cylinder shape and features a lot of power under the hood, including Intel’s new up-to-12-core Xeon chips, faster Flash memory, Thunderbolt 2 connectors for 20 Gbps throughput, and dual AMD FirePro graphics cards.
“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!” Apple VP of marketing Phil Schiller said in June’s WWDC conference in June after showing the new Mac Pro.
Blendtec’s professional series blender
Blendtec might be best known for its insane “Will it Blend?” videos, where the company’s founder puts things like iPhones and iPads into a blender and destroys them.
K’nex Cosmic Twist Coaster set
I don’t know about you, but I fondly remember building structures out of K’nex parts during my childhood. Hatfield, Penn.-based K’nex designs and manufactures bricks, rods, and connectors that can pieced together to make all kinds of crazy things. The company prides itself on its products being sourced and made in the United States. The K’nex company also makes Lincoln Logs, another childhood staple.
An ad for Motorola’s upcoming smartphone made in the U.S.
While this gadget hasn’t been released or shown yet, it’s still a fascinating development on the smartphone front. Motorola, which is owned by Google, has said its new Moto X phone will be “designed, engineered, and assembled” in the U.S. It also claims the Moto X will be the “first smartphone you can design yourself.”
We don’t believe the Moto X will be revolutionary on the design front, but it appears Motorola will at least let consumers customize the smartphone’s colors (both the rear color and side trim) on its website. We also believe it might offer an engraving option for further customization.
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