- A man talks into a large model of a ear which has recording capabilities on a car at CEATEC JAPAN 2011 electronics show in Chiba, east of Tokyo, October 4, 2011. The Mimi Car (Mimi refers ear in Japanese) is use as a promotional tool to canvas event participants for their opinions about the ideal car for the future.
A house powered by an electric car, a car with ears … and more.
Nissan is showing its vision of what we’ll be living in soon. Houses powered by cars. The Nissan Smart House 2012 uses the Leaf to home charging system to supplement power from the solar panels and the energy saving appliances can be remotely operated.
Nissan says the high floor adopts the style of ancient Japanese housing design and the polyhedral structure copies an aircraft in the outer shell being a structural item.
A fully charged Leaf should power the average Japanese home for two days in an emergency, though Australians higher average power used would trim that back to 30-odd hours. Still beats sitting in the dark, but you are housebound until the Leaf recharges.
The mutant Mimi Car sports a pair of terrifyingly huge ears (mimi is Japanese for ‘ear’) that can record sound, and is being used as a promotional tool to canvas event participants for their opinions about the ideal car for the future.
The Herald Sun