Kia Telluride Is the Perfect Road Tripper for All Two and FourLegged

first_imgMiles Branman/The ManualIt was a recent trip to Boise, Idaho that pushed my wife and me over the edge. We couldn’t escape them. Every park, restaurant, market, and festival was completely overrun by tail-wagging, tongue-dancing, nose-nuzzling dogs – and we were in heaven. Shared dreams of one day welcoming a pup to the family could no longer remain fantasies.The flight home was spent glued to our smartphone screens, willing the painfully slow Wi-Fi to load details about canines of all shapes and sizes. A week later, we settled on a breed; though I grew up with Border collie mixes and my wife loved her childhood German shepherd, our search drew us to the gentle temperament and adventurous attitude of a Rhodesian ridgeback.Now, after countless calls and clicks, we’ve tracked down a reputable breeder with one male puppy left to adopt. And though our pooch is over 300 miles away, we’re always game for a road trip – with the right vehicle. Thankfully, Kia’s all-new Telluride SUV appears tailor-made for the task at hand. Previous Just past Fresno, we decide to refuel – not because we’re out of gas, but as an excuse to stretch. In fact, over the last 250 miles, the Telluride has averaged 26 mpg, matching its highway EPA estimate (despite a smattering of city miles). That leaves about 200 miles of range with only 50 miles remaining until our destination. Not too shabby considering the SUV’s all-wheel-drive system and 291-horsepower V6.Over the last 250 miles, the Telluride has averaged 26 mpg, matching its highway EPA estimate (despite a smattering of city miles). That leaves about 200 miles of range with only 50 miles remaining until our destination.After a pit stop to get our In-N-Out fix, we arrive at the breeder’s residence. Walking up the drive, we spot a mature Ridgeback peering through a screen door. A smaller, reddish-brown Ridgeback with a furrowed brow soon joins her at the lookout. As we get closer, we recognize the smaller of the two dogs as our new best friend.The breeder admits us into her home just as a third dog joins the party. “That’s the puppy’s mother,” she tells us. “Say hi now, because the moment she learns you’re here to take her child away, she won’t be nearly as pleasant.” Cautiously, we let momma Ridgeback sniff our hands before the breeder leads her into the yard. By now, the older Ridgeback has lost interest, leaving us alone with the puppy – if you can call him that. Though only four months old, he’s already as big as an adult Dalmatian with paws to suggest we didn’t budget enough for kibble. Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual 1 of 10 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Equally un-puppy-like of this pooch is his level of calm. Despite the frenzy of three kids running around the house and, yes, that’s a fourth dog chasing them, the Ridgeback pup is sprawled on his side, letting us scratch and pet to our hearts’ content. Then we find one of his toys, and in an instant, he scrambles to his paws, ready to play. It doesn’t take us long to fall in love. Sweet and happy, we can already picture his delightful company on camping trips and hikes.An hour later, we walk our pup towards the Telluride for his first adventure. To prepare for the additional passenger, I stow the third row of seats and use the trunk-mounted button to flatten one of the second-row captain’s chairs. Not wanting to risk a misstep, I hoist the pup into the SUV (yep, the breeder’s estimate of 60 pounds feels about right).With everyone strapped in, we begin the voyage home. Soon, my wife and I are hosting another naming convention while the pup sniffs the outside air through an open window. The first of many road trips is off to a great start – let’s hope the ones that follow are as enjoyable without the Telluride’s spoiling comfort. A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking 1 of 3 Miles Branman/The Manual A quick smartphone connection to the 10-inch infotainment system summons Apple CarPlay and our fastest route via Google Maps. Just under six hours with current traffic – yikes. At least we can each find comfortable positions in the Telluride’s multi-way adjustable Nappa leather seats.As a trend, increasingly edgy vehicle styling is waging a war on driver visibility. But the Telluride, with its handsome, boxy design affords large windows and minimal blind spots.Light fills the cabin through a panoramic glass roof as we make our way north. It’s the hottest part of the summer, but ventilated chairs and tri-zone climate control block out any discomfort. Even at highway speeds, acoustic front glass dulls external noise to a whisper – allowing my wife and I to bicker over the perfect name for our pup at a reasonable volume (we agree to decide when we meet him).As a trend, increasingly edgy vehicle styling is waging a war on driver visibility. But the Telluride, with its handsome, boxy design affords large windows and minimal blind spots. Adding to our confidence behind the wheel is Kia’s robust suite of active safety features, including a trick blind spot camera integrated within the gauge cluster and adaptive cruise control to counter the monotony of central California’s flatlands. 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Handson Fun The Skytree Town® Campus Chiba Institute Of Technology

first_imgSkytree Town® Campus is an attraction facility managed by the Chiba Institute of Technology, located on the eighth floor of the shopping complex Tokyo Skytree Town®. Visitors can enjoy here experiencing cutting-edge technology.The floor is separated into AREA I and AREA II, each area displaying unique technology. Today we’ll be introducing some attractions from each area.AREA I: Japanese Robot TechnologyThe first thing you’ll see upon reaching the eighth floor is AREA I. This area introduces Japanese robot technology to visitors. Step one foot inside the dimly-lit room and you will find various displays and attractions.1. ROBOT EYEIn order for a robot to act like a human, it must first be able to recognize the world as we do.A finder using the technology of the robot eye can be found at the entrance of AREA I. With its precise recognition accuracy and processing capability, the robot eye automatically counts the number of visitors. This is made possible with a sensor that retrieves 3D information about its surroundings.2. RESCUE ROBOTThis rescue robot has been investigating and gathering information in places where humans cannot safely enter since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.3. ROBOTIC SHADOW There are many interesting things to see within AREA II, but we were most excited by the SOLAR SYSTEM GRAND TOUR.Here visitors can learn facts about the solar system using a 120-inch touchscreen.You could say it’s a digital encyclopedia with a touch screen. We enjoyed a function that let us see how the planets are lined up on a specific date.It might be fun to check out how the planets were lined up on the day you were born. I myself took a commemorative photo.What do you think about this place? We weren’t able to introduce all of the displays and attractions in this article, so we recommend stopping by yourself. You’ll find it won’t hurt your wallet either, as admission is free.Enjoying some cutting-edge technology after visiting the Skytree sounds good, doesn’t it?InformationSkytree Town® Campus, Chiba Institute Of TechnologyAddress: Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage 1-1-2 Tokyo Skytree Town® Soramachi 8FHours: 10:30-18:00Closed: IrregularMenus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English PamphletsNearest Station: Oshiage Station, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon, Keisei Oshiage, Toei Asakusa linesAdmission: FreePhone Number: +81-3-6658-5888Website: Skytree Town® Campus, Chiba Institute Of Technology This display called “ROBOTIC SHADOW” (*1) stands out within AREA I. Images on a giant screen react to the visitors’ movements.You will be able to experience sensor technology used to recognize the movements of people. You’ll enjoy watching various items attaching to you on the screen, or flying towards you and falling apart on impact.When we visited, some children were trying to dodge flying objects by jumping or getting down on their stomachs. Maybe we’ll see attractions like these at arcades in the future?*1 This display is available only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. On weekdays, visitors can enjoy operating robots on the screen with an iPad (“GIGANTIC ROBOT SCREEN”).AREA II: Planetary Exploration Research TechnologyAcross from AREA I is AREA II. Here, a mysterious machine jumps into view.This is the transforming robot Valkyrie VF-25F from the Japanese sci-fi robot anime Macross Frontier. This life-size display will make you feel as if you have entered the anime world itself.This is a visual game where you can kick around planets using images projected onto the walls and floor. This attraction uses AR (augmented reality) technology.The planets you kick around will fly toward other planets, and bump into them or even explode.4. MOON WALKERImages of the moon’s surface taken by Japanese lunar probe “Kaguya” are projected on the walls and floor. You’ll feel as if you’re on the moon when standing on the display.5. SOLAR SYSTEM GRAND TOURlast_img read more