How about an autonomous electric vehicle with an integrated hot bath? Introducing the Honda Onsen. When the door opens, you’ll see that one half is a normal bench seat facing backwards, but step into the other part? It’s a gimbal-stabilized, watertight cylindrical cell that can be used as a high-tech hot spring of sorts, complete with a massage jet-equipped seat. Getting too steamy? There’s an outlet to funnel the steam out of the cabin. Read more for additional pictures and information.
You may not have heard of Mil-Spec Automotive, but they’re the one company bringing back the Hummer H1, and most recently, to Jay Leno’s Garage. These included a four-door satin black model as well as a soft-top one, both powered by a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel generating 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque, mated to Allison six-speed automatic transmissions. Other features include: new aftermarket wheels and an onboard air system which. Even more impressive, these can run on biofuel and achieve up to 20 mpg. Want one? Prices start at a whopping $218,000+. Read more for this week’s selection of fascinating images from around the web.
If IKEA ever released a DIY cardboard drone, it might look something like the Ahadrone kit. Assembling it is easily as piecing together the corrugated board body for maximum rigidity, install the motor, battery pack, and a few other bits. Once completed, you’ll be able to control it with a smartphone or table using a special app. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The SEGA Genesis Mini is slated for release on September 19, but it made an appearance this past week at E3 2019, and left a good impression for those lucky enough to get some hands-on time. It’s roughly half size of its 1988 predecessor and in addition to the 42 pre-installed games, it includes either one or two (dependent on region’s bundle options) full-size replica USB controllers, a USB-to-Micro-B power cable, an HDMI video cable as well as a USB AC adapter. Product page. Read more for another hands-on video, pictures and additional information.
Zero Grid’s Electronics Travel Organizer is a great way to keep cables, cords, accessories, memory cards and more organized without the bulk, all for $13 after clipping the $1 on-page discount as well as entering coupon code: 9LFMU9F3, today only, originally $16.95. Featuring flexible elastic straps inside and a zipper pouch divider so it can securely store a variety of device types. This organizer with put through a rigorous testing process to ensure durability, visual appeal, and function. Product page – make sure you clip the $1 on-page discount and enter the coupon code: 9LFMU9F3 during final checkout. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Based on on a new platform, the Honda e’s exterior design by Yuki Terai pays homage to the first generation Honda Civic and is about the same length as the Honda Fit. A 35.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery sends powers to the rear wheels and can be charged using a Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charger – up to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. When fully charged, you can expect a 124-mile range, which is plenty of city cruising.
For those who aren’t familiar with Boston Dynamics, it’s basically an American engineering and robotics design company founded in 1992 as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group. They’re most well known for their development of BigDog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). What if they eventually developed an AI-powered, self-aware robot that was able to fight back? Bosstownn Dynamics attempts to show us with their parody video. Read more to watch.
An old NASA Tech Briefs article from 1995 discussed work done Marshall Space Flight Center researchers to see how various substances — including caffeine — affected spider web patterns. To be more specific, they exposed spiders to a range of different chemicals, including caffeine, marijuana, and Benzedrine (amphetamine) and recorded how they spun their webs under the influence of each of those substances. Read more for another video and additional information.
Stranger Things Season 3 (July 4) is nearly upon us, so it only makes sense for Nike to release themed sneakers and clothing based on the hit show. This new Hawkins-inspired collection features the Cortez, the Tailwind, and the Blazer Nike Classics sneakers, set for a first drop on June 27th. On the apparel and accessories front, you’ll find hoodies, tees, as well as t-shirts emblazoned with the Hawkins High School crest. “In the summer of 1985, several transport vehicles departed from Nike HQ in Beaverton, Oregon, carrying special product shipments headed to multiple locations across the US,” said Nike. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Volvo’s Vera, a fully autonomous, electric, and connected vehicle has begun testing, with its first job being to transport goods from a logistics center to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden. Its powertrain is sourced from current FL Electric and FE Electric trucks, which are designed for repetitive assignments in logistics centers, factories, and ports. The goal is to eventually implement a connected system of several Vera vehicles driving at up to 25 mph while monitored by a control tower. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.