The Rolls-Royce 103EX, also known as the Vision 100, is an all-electric, self-driving concept that doesn’t even have a steering wheel, as passengers relax on a sofa instead and have their every need handled by “Eleanor,” a personal virtual assistant as well as chauffeur. It has finally returned home to the automaker’s headquarters in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom, after two-years of touring the world. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Created by LEGO Lead Model Designer Greg Omartian and Senior Model Builder Jeff Rushby, this life-sized Iron Man that stands 6.5-feet-tall made its debut at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con. It’s modeled after Tony Stark’s Mark LXXXV suit from Avengers: Endgame and took exactly 35,119 LEGO pieces over 255-hours to complete. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Samsung Electronics filed a design patent with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) for a dual-sided smartphone and it was published on September 10, 2019. The seven patent sketches depict a device that looks somewhat similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10, but with a a second display on the back, enabling you to take selfies with the normally higher-resolution rear camera setup. Read more for the patent, additional pictures and information.
We’re possibly less than a decade away from self-conscious artificial intelligence capable of learning on its own, and this latest project gets us one step closer. Researchers OpenAI took an unusual approach at developing AI, one inspired by natural selection and competition. Put simply, they pit multiple AI agents against each other to compete for conflicting goals and found that it developed new sophisticated behavior in the long term. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Great Pacific garbage patch is a collection of plastic and floating trash originates from the Pacific Rim, including countries in Asia, North America, and South America. Cleaning the “two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage” is quite the daunting task, but with technologies like the 4Ocean Mobile Skimmer, we may be closer than ever to solving this issue. Some of the plastic found in the patch is over 50 years old, and includes fragments of plastic lighters, toothbrushes, water bottles, pens, baby bottles, cell phones, and plastic bags. Read more for a video and additional information.
Scientists announced this week that NASA’s Mars InSight lander has detected strange magnetic pulses during the nighttime – exactly at midnight, a phenomenon that can’t yet be explained, that are raising “interesting questions.” They’re unexpected because these pulses are distinct from what are typically observed on the Earth’s surface at the same local time. Researchers suggest that they are associated with fluctuations in the induced magnetotail and on the magnetospheric boundary. Read more for a video and additional information.
Google Play Pass is launching this week in the U.S., and it’s a new $4.99-per-month subscription service that gives you access to over 350 paid apps and games without ads or in-app purchases. For those who wish to try before they buy, there’s a 10-day free trial, and if you decide to sign up in the first couple weeks after launch, the Play Pass subscription will be locked in at $1.99-per-month for 12 months before the price goes up to the standard $4.99-per-month. You’ll also be able to share your Google Play Pass subscription with up to five family members at no extra cost. Read more for a video and additional information.
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The Vostok 1 was officially the first spaceflight of the Vostok program and also the first crewed spaceflight in history. The Vostok 3KA space capsule was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 12, 1961, with Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard, which made him the first human to enter outer space. To pay tribute, Caviar unveils the iPhone 11 Pro Discovery Vostok-1, and it even comes with a real fragment of the Vostok-1 spaceship. Read more for a video and additional information.
University of Michigan (UM) researchers have equipped an autonomous drone with a nail gun to fix asphalt shingles on rooftops. They used a DJI S1000 Octocopter set up with a group of cameras and markers to enable it know exactly where it’s going and proper placement for the nails. A virtual switch was programmed so the drone automatically pulls the nail gun trigger when in the correct position. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Lotus Evija is a blazing fast all-electric hypercar powered by a 70 kWh battery pack with four individual electric motors placed at the wheels and rated at 493 hp for a combined total output 1,972 hp and 1,254 lb⋅ft of torque. It also comes equipped with 20″ / 21″ magnesium wheels in the front / rear respectively, wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R tires. The automaker claims that the Evija will be able to accelerate from 0–62 mph in under 3 seconds, while topping out at 200 mph. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.