manish vij

Afeela need, a need for speed

Afeela EV mockup (Sony / Honda JV)

No handles, face recognition

Streaming PlayStation game from cloud, also Sony movies. Whole demo was heavy on Sony IP, devoid of car stuff (range, charge speed, autopilot).

Built-in seat speakers

Screen above front bumper can show charge status, images, and text like “Happy birthday” or “Get out of my way.” Black bar is a camera artifact.

Lidar, rear seat screens

Honda, Tesla using same icon for door button

Highlander

Surprisingly, the new Model 3 Highland isn’t as fun to drive as the Chevy Bolt. It’s quiet and cushy, corners much better than Bolt on stock tires, deep bucket seats, swaddled, limited visibility. Feels like a Honda.

I loved driving the old Performance trim, effortless power and maybe the seat was adjusted for better vis. The Bolt feels like a go-kart even though slightly slower because it’s lighter and smaller. Great vis from its upright seating and large greenhouse.

Black bars in taillight are just iPhone camera artifacts.

The Sony / Honda Afeela mockup does ambient lighting right: indirect bounce with strip hidden.

Small steering wheel. Touch-button, stalkless turn signals and swipe screen to shift were non-issues, except maybe at roundabouts.

Test drives are no longer limited to chill mode, but are limited to 85 mph.

Rear passenger screen.

Sound system was ok, maybe used an inapposite song to test it (“What Was I Made For” by Billy Eilish).

Ambient lighting color picker looks like Microsoft intern’s first attempt :)

Tesla UI’s gotten really cluttered, have to search among what feels like 30 controls on the main screen.

Volvo-ish textile, soft not wool.

Small blind spot warning red LED behind black webbing, feels half-assed.

Spurious collision warnings for my quick-reaction driving style, like Bolt.

Wireless chargers.

4-6 weeks to delivery. Legacy Model 3’s are $4-5K cheaper + qualify for $7.5K fed credit. But you get the credit if you lease.

Off-piste with Vision Pro

Played with Vision Pro off-script for ½ hr. I told the saleswoman I’d had the scripted demo already. She was like, have at it, I’ll watch and learn from you :) Like a car dealer who tosses you the keys and says come back in an hour.

This was a much better demo. Tried every app and environment. Size 21W light seal gave me clearer video and a much wider FOV. Fit is critical.

Pre-launch, Applers claimed they were using Vision Pro hours per day, which sounded like BS. Now feels plausible.

Watched “Masters of the Air” in the cinema environment, really felt like being in a theater down to the ribbed ceiling.

The dinosaur demo really does invoke synesthesia when a butterfly lands on finger—you feel a light touch or static electricity.

If you pat the big dino on the snoot, it backs away like a golden retriever. Your hands on its snout break immersion, the goggles struggle to mask them.

Pulled apps toward me and directly scrolled by touch. Same with the VR keyboard, just poked and typed.

Enjoyed Mt. Hood at night, Yosemite, the Moon, the Hawaii volcano, White Sands.

Typed in Notes, drew in the air with Freeform, played with Mail and Messages.

Friend who bought it says the hand tracking is too aggressive, lots of spurious taps. Like trackpads had to improve palm rejection back in the day.

The hand tracking and VR keyboard will likely eventually be good enough, like iPhone’s soft keyboard did vs. BlackBerry. Big simplification not to have external beacons / sensors or controllers.

Apple tends to be stingy with hardware access (no camera for you) and takes most of the dollars in the market, vs. Wintel. Nevertheless, very interesting platform for app dev.

‘Kung Fu Yoga’

Jackie Chan doing a Bollywood-style dance in Kung Fu Yoga, lyrics in Chinese.

2017 Chinese action adventure comedy… sequel to The Myth… ending dance number choreographed by Farah Khan… Jackie Chan's highest-grossing film in China [Wiki]

Co-stars Disha Patani, Sonu Sood:

Trailer:

Baby food

I'm… not a child with the luxury of wishing a candidate into existence, or abandoning my civic duty to chose the best among available options [Elie Mystal]

Mystal: Rewrite this slaver constitution which structurally rigs the system against minorities.

Also Mystal: We are bestowed 2 elderly, cross-eyed choices from stone tablets, those are the only humans who may rule.

This infantile POV comes from a demand to be spoon-fed for minimum mental work.

Why do we always get 2 corpo sellout choices every 4 years? Why does the mighty Wurlitzer harass us into “too late to reform, pick the lesser of evils?” When you talk about reform, why do they switch to “no one cares?” Why does Wyoming get EC supervotes? Why is everyone’s vote completely irrelevant aside from 5 random swing states?

Like gun control, an election is the wrong time to talk about it, and so is after an election.

Like M4A, you must never look at other advanced democracies which solved it long back.

This is redneck homer sports shit. Home team rah rah. Complete bakwaas.

If after one-person-one-vote and RCV, normies prevail and you’re down to least-evil, then fine, hold your nose. But we’re so far from a fair vote right now.

“We only have 2 choices, get over it nerd” isn’t the dunk you think it is :D