Always wanted to stay in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile? If so, then you’re in luck, as it’s now available to rent in Chicago through Airbnb, but only for a limited time, or to be more specific, during the annual Lollapalooza music festival (August 1-4). The booking page will go live on July 24th and be priced at $136-per-night for two-person occupancy. Inside, you’ll get a one-bed, one-bath, a mini-fridge “stocked with Oscar Mayer hot dogs and all the Chicago-style hot dog essentials” and even an Oscar Mayer brand grill that guests can take home with them. Read more for the news report, additional pictures and information.
Officially unveiled at this week’s Royal International Air Tattoo air show in the UK, the Airbus “Bird of Prey” is essentially a hybrid-electric, turbo-propeller aircraft for regional air transportation. The aircraft is inspired by efficient mechanics of eagles, with wing and tail structures that mimic those of a bird of prey, while featuring individually controlled feathers that provide active flight control. This futuristic concept is backed by the GREAT Britain campaign, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Air League, the Institution of Engineering and the Technology and Aerospace Technology Institute. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Combining the handling of a mirrorless with the resolution of a medium format camera, Fujifilm’s GFX100 features a weather-resistant 6-inch square body that weighs in at a sturdy 3 lbs. and its 55mm back-side illuminated sensor offers an incredible 102 megapixels of resolution while sporting 5-axis image-stabilization and on-board phase detection AF. Other features include 4K video recording, a quad-core image processor, and Fuji’s legendary color reproduction round out the feature list. Louis Ferreira of Fuji Addict recently used this camera, paired with a Fujinon GF 110mm f/2 R WR LM lens at f/2, to capture the moon. Read more to see the regular photo and then the cropped version, along with a review of the GFX 100.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 has been officially unveiled, and it’s the first model to boast a mid-engine design. The 6.2-liter V8 powerplant generates 490 horsepower (495 hp with the optional Z51 Performance Package), mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. If you opt for the Z51 Performance Package, Chevrolet claims it can hit 60 mph in under three seconds, and for comparison, the current C7 ZR1 hits the same speed in 2.8 seconds. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Paramount Pictures debuted the first Top Gun: Maverick trailer at San Diego Comic Con today and Tom Cruise will once again be flying high on the big screen. This movie takes place 34 years after the original film, and Maverick is the new flight instructor of the Top Gun school, guiding Goose’s son to become a pilot. The actor made a surprise visit to the convention on Thursday to promote the upcoming sequel during the Terminator: Dark Fate panel and said: “I felt it was my responsibility to deliver for you.” Read more for the trailer and additional information.
Microsoft executive Julia White demonstrated the company’s amazing language-translating hologram using HoloLens at the Inspire partner conference. You read that right, a life-like hologram that can speak another language in the person’s own voice. No post production trickery was used, just existing mixed reality and neural text-to-speech technologies. Read more for the video and additional information.
Dolby Dimension Wireless Bluetooth Headphones offer cinematic sound with virtualization and head tracking for audio that’s expansive yet nuanced , all for $399 shipped, today only, originally $599. Plus, Dolby LifeMix lets you control exactly how much you hear of your surroundings, from a perfect blend of your entertainment and life around you, to shutting out the world with Active Noise Cancellation. The Dolby Dimension App lets you set your LifeMix level, adjust Cinematic Sound, manage devices, toggle low power mode, and more. Product page. Read more for another video review and additional information.
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One fan of The Predator, an extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction franchise, decided to take his fandom to the next level by wearing a full-body costume while riding a custom motorcycle. This alien chopper on a road in Thailand’s Mukdahan province was understandably stopped by Thai police, as the mask probably offers nowhere near the protection a real motorcycle helmet does. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Squad X experimentation program was started to give infantry Marines the same resources that mounted forces have by using autonomous robots engineered by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In a test at Twentynine Palms earlier this year, a group of these autonomous ground and aerial systems provided intelligence as well as recon support for Marines equipped with sensor-laden vests as they moved between natural desert and mock city blocks, all the while ground-based units provided armed security for the primary force. Read more for a video of this test.
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If The Simpsons home at 742 Evergreen Terrace ever got an extreme makeover, this is what it might look like, according to NeoMam Studios. Yes, there has already been an animated feature film The Simpsons Movie, but these renders give us a better idea of how the home’s interior should the movie studios opt to create a version with real human actors. You’ll get a glimpse of the living room in a “luxe style”, Marge & Homer’s room in an “industrial style”, the kitchen in a “smart home style”, and more. On a related note, did you know that in 1997, a real world replica of the house was constructed at 712 Red Bark Lane in Henderson, Nevada, and given away as the grand prize in a contest? Read more for a virtual tour of the rooms.