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March 25, 2006 10:10 AM   Subscribe

PimpStar Wheels are the latest in *bling* for your truck or SUV, with some impressive (embedded video) technology.
posted by gren (35 comments total)

 
Now if these did animation I would consider them...still a lot of tech to go into a wheel to produce these images.
posted by gren at 10:16 AM on March 25, 2006


Agreed on the animation. i would love to have it display animated spinners.

That would be just the thing to trick out my 94 Sentra.

Still, while totally excessive, the nerd in me kinda digs them.
posted by quin at 10:27 AM on March 25, 2006


Animation wouldn't be a difficult hack. Someone'll have that done about a day after buying them, assuming the company doesn't do it.
posted by Dipsomaniac at 10:28 AM on March 25, 2006


Awesome, had no idea these existed. And only $12,500 for 22's!! My pugs are gonna look like fucking bulldogs rolling down the streets of the 'wood* in my Prius w LED spinners reflecting my belief in recycling & sustainable growth endeavors.




*I live in Brentwood, we call it "the wood"
posted by jonson at 10:29 AM on March 25, 2006


The nerd in me gets excited about digital displays eventually coating every surface (wheels, walls, skin) on the planet. The other parts of me just want to barf.
posted by kumazemi at 10:37 AM on March 25, 2006


Is this a great country or what?
posted by fixedgear at 10:38 AM on March 25, 2006


But, but, we've done this on bikes for years. You can even get kits now.
posted by eriko at 10:41 AM on March 25, 2006


Jonson, I'm pretty sure you'd have to cut chunks out of a Prius' frame to fit 22's on it. But when you do, make sure to get a spoiler and some Type R stickers.
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 10:41 AM on March 25, 2006


Hopefully they can recycle all the dead human flesh from accidents caused by those stupid things.
posted by HTuttle at 10:45 AM on March 25, 2006


Nice little US flag. Can't wait for the inevitable political message versions, and the laws/lawsuits that will result.

"Sorry, officer, it may be illegal to have such a bumper sticker, but this isn't a bumper sticker."
posted by kaemaril at 10:51 AM on March 25, 2006


Animation will be marginal, but I guess it would work..

A bit of hack calculations reveals that at highway speeds the wheels will be spinning at about 600 RPM, which is only 10 refreshes of the image per second - but that is 10/spoke - if you have 5 illuminated spokes, you have about 50Hz..
posted by Chuckles at 10:54 AM on March 25, 2006


This is fantastic. If they made them in 18s ... well, I still wouldn't get a set, but I'd put it on the list of stuff to buy in the event of a small windfall.

The bike kit eriko linked to, though, leads me to believe that some enterprising smart person (ie, not me) might be able to hack this onto stock rims without too much trouble. I'd buy that kit.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:58 AM on March 25, 2006


These will be illegal in 17 states in 5...4...3...2......
posted by pjern at 11:23 AM on March 25, 2006


I believe it is illegal to have a led billboard on the back of your car that flashes messages to the person behind you (like "back off asshole"), though I have not been able to google specific laws.

Such are not liked because of "driver distraction".
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 11:35 AM on March 25, 2006


If I had these, I would use them to display images of cheaper, crappier wheels. That way, no one would steal them.
posted by dsword at 11:46 AM on March 25, 2006


I am so deeply bitter that I didn't invent these. This isn't exactly rocket science.
posted by GuyZero at 11:59 AM on March 25, 2006


A bit of hack calculations reveals that at highway speeds the wheels will be spinning at about 600 RPM, which is only 10 refreshes of the image per second - but that is 10/spoke - if you have 5 illuminated spokes, you have about 50Hz..

So what does that mean for the SpinnerDOOM porting project?
posted by Mikey-San at 12:05 PM on March 25, 2006


Man, I practically run off the road when I see a dvd playing in the car ahead (or five cars ahead) of me - the LCD screens are just so bright and clear, they draw my eye to them above anything else.

If I saw some dude with these wheels...

...Then I take no responsibility for my actions.

That being said, they are neat.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 12:10 PM on March 25, 2006


From the site: "The PimpStar is a huge leap forward in the evolution of the wheel."
posted by soiled cowboy at 12:25 PM on March 25, 2006


Enjoy them while you can because I see them being outlawed real quick.
posted by Doohickie at 1:00 PM on March 25, 2006


The Coca-Cola bottle gave a chilling foretaste of the future: ads on wheels, worse yet: political ads on wheels, absolute worst: animated political ads with sound on wheels.
posted by Cranberry at 1:01 PM on March 25, 2006


goatse
posted by fire&wings at 1:14 PM on March 25, 2006


Tacky.
posted by Drexen at 2:11 PM on March 25, 2006



posted by prostyle at 2:15 PM on March 25, 2006


If the video is to be trusted, they're just the thing to attract blondes with hip dysplasia and improbably large bags of saline in their sweaters.

Whoever that is at 323-1234 must just be raking in the babes! Woo!
posted by ook at 2:41 PM on March 25, 2006


$12,500 for LEDs.

I've got to get me a gig separating idiots from their money.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 2:51 PM on March 25, 2006


From the site: The wheels are environmentally sealed, so you don't have to worry about going to the car wash; and they are powered by the vehicle electrical system so there are no batteries to run out or change, ever.

How does that work? Magnetic induction?
posted by spazzm at 3:34 PM on March 25, 2006


The Coca-Cola bottle gave a chilling foretaste of the future: ads on wheels

Taxis in Toronto already have ads mounted on the wheels. I highly doubt we were the first city to do this.
posted by chrominance at 4:49 PM on March 25, 2006


"wireless modem...allows you to create your own images and send them to each wheel individually or all wheels at the same time as you drive!"

Whoever is the first to build a wireless hack for these things WINz TEH INFORMAPTION SUPERHIGHWAY INETERNET!!!11

Seriously... if these things become more prevalent or start appearing with ads for Pepsi Blue...
posted by Extopalopaketle at 4:54 PM on March 25, 2006


The internet isDub Pimpstar wheels are for porn.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:02 PM on March 25, 2006


Whoever is the first to build a wireless hack for these things WINz TEH INFORMAPTION SUPERHIGHWAY INETERNET!!!11

That would be amazing. Imagine the possibilities...
Front tire: FREE
Back tire: BLOWJOBS
...on both sides.
posted by baphomet at 8:03 PM on March 25, 2006


"You can send any kind of graphics to your wheel ... and you can do it while you're driving!"

But seriously. Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these!
posted by dhartung at 2:38 AM on March 26, 2006


You can do it while you're drivin'!!!!
posted by Who_Am_I at 12:59 PM on March 26, 2006


Definately need a set of these for my 1986 Olds Calais, with a tan body and blue hood (hit a deer) and its magnetic flames and duct-taped roof rack. Hawt.
posted by craven_morhead at 7:07 PM on March 26, 2006


See, I'm going to need a set and a half to trick out my new H6. I wonder if they'll cut me a deal.
posted by adamrice at 7:16 AM on March 27, 2006


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