Coca-Cola’s “Happiness Truck” video takes place in Rio de Janeiro. A special truck dispenses free Cokes as well as a beach toy, a surfboard, sunglasses, beach chairs, t-shirts and soccer balls.
Meet the Nutmobile, a custom creation designed for Planters Mr. Peanut, set to tour the country.
The Nutmobile is based on a 2011 Isuzu NPR diesel truck. In addition to the new, crunchy shell, it’s been filled with 5 percent biodiesel, covered in solar panels and fitted with a wind turbine and a bank of batteries.
Together, the setup ensures that a two-hour drive can charge the onboard batteries enough for a one-hour publicity stop. Even body panels and the interior are recycled: Floorboards were reclaimed from a dismantled barn, while the windows are recycled glass in frames made of recycled steel.
The whole thing is one part George Barris, two parts George Washington Carver, and will join the Oscar-Meyer Wienermobile and the Red Bull Mini in the annals of vehicular marketing.
The new Nutmobile will be on a 16 city national tour from March through the end of summer.
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Apple is scheduled to hold a special media event on March 2 in San Francisco, at which it will unveil the second-generation iPad. Citing several sources close to the situation, AllThingsD reports that the date is firm, and that the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is the likely venue; notably, it served as the venue for Apple’s original iPad media event, as well. Apple has yet to send out invitations to media members officially confirming the event and the time/place, but given the close proximity of March 2, it will likely do so later this week.
Update: According to the invitation received by The Loop, the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am. This is the same venue Apple has used to introduce a number of products in recent years.
For the first time ever, Glee premieres two new and original songs on Glee: The Music, Volume 5, available March 8. “Loser Like Me,” an energetic ensemble track was co-written by pop mastermind Max Martin (Britney Spears, P!nk) and “Get It Right” is a moving ballad brought to life by Lea Michele’s immense voice. These original tracks will air in the “Glee” episode Tuesday, March 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. In addition to these new tracks, Glee: The Music, Volume 5 will feature the Glee casts take on such classics as Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” Gwyneth Paltrow makes a triumphant return to Glee and is featured on such classics as Prince’s “Kiss,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and Joan Jett’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah).” Paltrow’s earlier Glee contribution, an exciting cover of Cee Lo’s “Forget You,” was a big hit among fans and has just been certified Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 downloads. Also featured on Glee: The Music, Volume 5 is the casts much talked about mashup of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll” which was seen by Glee’s biggest audience to date of 26.8 million viewers.
The full track listing for Glee: The Music, Volume 5 is as follows:
Thriller/Heads Will Roll
Need You Now
She’s Not There
Fat Bottomed Girls
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Somebody To Love
Take Me or Leave Me
Don’t You Want Me
Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)
Get It Right
Loser Like Me
From teeny, video-equipped racecars to a paintbrush that makes music, TIME picks what’s new and what’s smart in 21st century playtime. See the list HERE.
Does your preschooler have iPad envy? Try Leapfrog’s LeapPad Explorer ($100), a tablet for the younger set. Powered by four AA batteries, the LeapPad comes complete with touch screen, microphone, gaming control pad and a camera. Run on Leapfrog’s catalog of Leapster Explorer cartridges, the tablet allows tech savvy kids to read books, play games and listen to music and just might be interesting enough to lure kids away from mom and dad’s device. LeapPad Explorer will be available in the summer of 2011.