California-based Archer unveils its Maker electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) earlier this week at the Hawthorne Hangar Operations. To bring this aircraft to life, a 2,400-square-foot extended reality (XR) volume space was built that simulated a commercial flight and demonstrated how Archer will shape the next era of travel by transforming how people approach everyday activities. This mass shared simulation using the film industry’s most cutting edge technology allowed attendees to virtually ride Archer’s aircraft. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
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It’s not uncommon to capture birds or other explainable aerial phenomena when filming with a drone, but photographer James Cawley might have captured two anomalies when he was in Moab, Utah. These two objects in question were filmed with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro and were flying far too fast to be another drone or animal. He says that there was no audible noise coming from these objects and if it was bullets, there would have been a gunshot echo. Read more for the video and additional information.
The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has just released the first images captured by their Zhurong Mars rover, including a panorama of the landing site, Martian topography / landforms, the landing platform, as well as a selfie with the landing platform. These images marks a complete success of China’s first Mars exploration mission. In the panorama, you can see lots of different-sized rocks in the landing site indicating a good autonomous site selection. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Roku Ultra 2020 Streaming Media Player lets you cut the cord on pricey cable subscriptions, and it’s being offered for just $69 shipped, today only, originally $99.99. This upgraded model lets you enjoy powerful, smooth streaming with channels that launch in a snap, paired with their best wireless remote that provides up to 50% more range. Experience media in extraordinary Dolby Vision HDR picture and experience 3D Dolby Atmos sound when paired with a compatible sound system. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
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Long before the Apple Watch and other smartwatches, there was the Seiko Data-2000. This wristwatch computer was released in 1983 and came bundled with an external keyboard for data-entry. Unlike the devices of today, data had to be synced from the keyboard to the watch using electro-magnetic coupling, or in other words, a wireless dock. It was named Data-2000 for its ability to store 2000 characters, while its memory is a minuscule 112 digits. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Released in 1995, the Nintendo Virtual Boy is essentially a 32-bit tabletop portable video game console developed that was marketed as the first one capable of displaying stereoscopic “3D” graphics. Unfortunately, the head-mounted display caused many people issues since it involves placing the head against the eyepiece to see a red monochrome display, while the games use a parallax effect to create the illusion of depth. Read more to see a portable version that took Shank Mods 1-year to complete.
DARPA’s Mobile Force Protection (MFP) program is unlike any other that you’ve seen, and during recent tests at Eglin Air Force Base, it demonstrated a Counter-Unmanned Air System (C-UAS) multi-layer defense architecture to defeat unauthorized drone intrusions over military installations or operations. This low-cost reusable drone interceptor system doesn’t use lasers or sonic weapons, but rather streamers. Read more for a video and additional information.
Tesla delivered 25 of their all-new Model S Plaid vehicles at a special event at the company’s test track near its factory in Fremont, California. Franz von Holzhausen, Senior Design Executive at Tesla, served as master of ceremonies and carried a sledgehammer on stage to introduce CEO Elon Musk who made a grand entrance by driving around the Tesla test track in a Model S Plaid and onto the stage before stepping out to a crowd of select customers and fans. Read more to see Cyberpunk 2077 running on its new AMD-powered infotainment system.
Here’s a first look at the E1 Series RaceBird, an all-electric powerboat inspired by nature and birds flying low over the water. This water vessel features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy and hydrofoil technology, allowing it to rise high above the water’s surface for minimum drag as well as maximum energy efficiency. This will not only improve performance, but also promote close and competitive racing with a reduced wake when following a competitor. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Ever wonder how military personnel transport tanks and other vehicles across small bodies of water? If so, then the US Army’s Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) system may be of interest. In addition to vehicles, it can also be used to transport weapon systems, troops and supplies over water when permanent bridges are not available. It’s usable on increased bank heights of more than 2.2 meters, while the improved folding and unfolding mechanism avoids cable breakage. Read more for two videos and additional information.