Say goodbye to bike chains, and hello to CeramicSpeed's new chainless drivetrain concept that utilizes an advanced carbon driveshaft without any chains and derailleurs that turns two sets of bearing pinions to shift torque effortlessly from the front ring onto the flat 13-speed cassette. This improves drivetrain efficiency to an incredible 99%, while offering limitless gear ratio options. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Marcus Kung's Impeller Drone has no propellers, but instead uses centrifugal fans, or impellers for takeoff and landing. These impellers basically draw air from the back and push the air out sideways rather than in front, for propulsion. On this drone, the fans are configured similar to that of a 4-wheeled car, and boasts a special housing around the fan that directs the air-flow. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Sirin Labs have just revealed FINNEY, the world's first dual-screen blockchain smartphone. It supports Sirin's own digital currency, called the SRN token, and users won't be able to buy the device without it. Thankfully, the company will auto-convert your payment into its digital currency. The smartphone runs Sirin OS, an ultra-secure and Google-certified Android 8.1 fork, and features a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, 12MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP f/2.2 front-facing camera, 3,280mAh battery, as well as a 6-inch display. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
NVIDIA researchers has developed a new artificial intelligence-powered system that automatically removes noise, grain, and watermarks from photos. "Recent deep learning work in the field has focused on training a neural network to restore images by showing example pairs of noisy and clean images. The AI then learns how to make up the difference. This method differs because it only requires two input images with the noise or grain. Without ever being shown what a noise-free image looks like, this AI can remove artifacts, noise, grain, and automatically enhance your photos," said NVIDIA. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a functional iPhone X lighter case.
MIT graduate student Arnav Kapur has developed "AlterEgo," a head-worn device that works when the user internally vocalizes a specific command or question. Electrical signals that your brain normally sends to the vocal cords are then intercepted and sent to a computer, which communicates with the user's inner ear through vibrations. No word yet on if this technology will eventually be commercialized. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the most expensive machines in the world.
What better way to knock drones out of the sky than with a dune buggy equipped with a high-energy laser weapon? That's exactly what Raytheon has created. To be more specific, the team combined a high energy laser with an advanced variant of Raytheon's Multi-spectral Targeting System - a sophisticated package of electro-optical and infrared sensors - and installed it on a Polaris MRZR, a utility terrain vehicle. "Basically, we're putting a laser on a dune buggy to knock drones out of the sky," said Dr. Ben Allison, director of Raytheon's high energy laser product line. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how movies get vintage and custom cars.
SolarStratos, a manned two-person aerial vehicle, may not be able to circumnavigate the globe on a single charge, but it is a 100% solar-powered aircraft. It currently holds the record for being the first solar-powered airplane to reach a height of 25,000 meters, with power stored on an Austrian-made 20 kWh battery, while the solar panels are sourced from California-based SunPower. When you reach the edge of space, a specially designed pressurized spacesuit, made by Russian company Zvezda, protects its passenger(s). Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.
The all-electric CUPRA e-Racer, based on the Leon Cupra TCR world touring car, has made its track debut in Zagreb, Croatia, and it's definitely no slouch. It boasts a 65kWh battery pack with 6,072 cells, or the equivalent to 9,000 mobile phones, and generates 402 hp of continual power and 670 hp of peak power, which is good for a sprint to 0-62mph in just 3.2-seconds. Continue reading for more pictures, another video, and additional information.
Another day, another electric vehicle that just might change the entire supercar / hypercar scene. This time, it hails from Bulgaria, and called the "Alieno," with the flagship model generating an insane 5,221 hp and 6,490 lb-ft of torque. The four different models will all be powered by a direct drive electric powertrain that consists of six electric motors per wheel for a total of 24 small electric motors, each capable of being controlled individually. That's not all, it also boasts a robotic suspension alongside traditional double wishbones, pushrods, and adjustable anti-roll bars. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
MIT's newest robot, the Cheetah 3, is unlike any of its predecessors, as it can now easily leap, gallop across rough terrain, and even climb a staircase littered with debris. When suddenly yanked or shoved, it can quickly recover its balance, all the while essentially blind, thanks to new vision-free algorithms. "The contact detection algorithm helps the robot determine the best time to transition a leg between swing and step, by constantly calculating for each leg three probabilities: the probability of a leg making contact with the ground, the probability of the force generated once the leg hits the ground, and the probability that the leg will be in midswing. The algorithm calculates these probabilities based on data from gyroscopes, accelerometers, and joint positions of the legs, which record the leg's angle and height with respect to the ground," according to the researchers. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of nine nut cracker gadgets you can actually buy.