Why bother with slow tanks, when you could be driving an Arquus Scarabée (Beetle) on the battlefield? This Volvo-owned company specializes in manufacturing battlefield-ready vehicles, and their latest model features two engines in the back (one electric / one diesel) that help propel the 6.6-ton vehicle to a top speed of 75mph. The coolest feature is probably its ability to drive sideways, since each of its wheels are powered. Read more for a video and additional information.
Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 offers big, rich sound in a small, ultra sleek package. Priced at $99.99, this svelte 0.93-pound device comes in various colors, like Bermuda Blue (above), Crushed Ice Grey, Deep Space, and Radical Red. If you want a Bluetooth speaker that outperforms its predecessor, this is the one to get. Product page. Read more for our full review.
Researcher Scott C Waring has released footage captured by NASA’s SOHO probe that appears to be a massive disc-shaped UFO shooting out from the sun from its right top corner. “I was checking out the SOHO images and noticed this UFO shooting out of the sun. If it were material from the sun it would be spread out like a hand and shooting straight out, not shooting to the side at an angle. This has a metallic shiny appearance and is 5-6 times the size of Earth. I have long believed that the sun is hollow and holds its own mini solar system inside of it which harness the energy of the sun to power the alien worlds,” said Waring. Read more for a video and additional information.
Nissan teamed up with Mackie’s of Scotland to create an all-electric ice cream truck concept of the future. Based on the e-NV200, it doesn’t require the 40 kWh battery to keep all the ingredients chilled, but rather uses Nissan’s ROAM portable power pack, made from the battery cells of earlier electric vehicles. Just two of these power packs (1.4 kWh) are enough to run the soft-serve machine, freezer drawer and drinks fridge. Once those power packs are drained, they can be recharged in approximately 1-hour using a 230V mains supply or 4-hours using the van’s built-in solar panel roof. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
London’s Imperial College and Samsung’s AI researchers have developed a new algorithm that can turn a static photo and audio file into an animated singing video portrait. Similar to other deepfake AI algorithms, this one also uses machine learning to generate their output, and even though the clips may be rough around the edges, it shows just what is possible in the future for better or worse. Read more for two videos showing the algorithm in-action, all created from a static photos and audio files.
New York City-based artist specializes in creating kinetic sculptures, and he’s best known for his ongoing mechanical mirror series. His older versions used hundreds of motors to rotate the pieces at different angles to change their appearance and a camera to observe the viewer capture them to be displayed. The latest ones utilize motion and laser sensors to “see” the person standing before the piece. “As you move, suddenly the piece moves. So then the piece is moving and that captures your eye, and you say ‘Oh my God, this is a kinetic piece. It’s moving. That’s very cool.’ And after maybe a few more seconds, you say ‘Hey, this piece is moving in tandem with me. It’s interactive. I’m actually creating what’s going on there,'” said Rozen. Read more for a video and additional information.
An international team of researchers has discovered two new Earth-like planets orbiting Teegarden’s Star, one of our closest stars, located about 12.5 light years away. Teegarden’s Star is estimated to be at least eight billion years old, which means those two potentially habitable planets orbiting it are also as ancient, so evolved intelligent life is a possibility. “Both Teegarden’s planets are potentially habitable. We will eventually see if they are actually habitable and, perhaps, even inhabited,” said Ignasi Ribas of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia. Read more for a picture of the sunsets on these two new planets compared to Earth.
Amazon’s all-new Fire 7 Tablet has double storage and much more, all for $49.99 shipped. This updated model features a faster 1.3-GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 2MP front-facing camera, 720p HD video recording, hands-free with Alexa, and it’s twice as durable as the latest iPad Mini. Enjoy millions of movies, TV episodes, games, apps, eBooks, and songs. Stream or download thousands of videos from Prime Video, Netflix, STARZ, and SHOWTIME. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.
NASA has just released a new image of an ice mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres that “is like nothing that humanity has ever seen before.” For those who don’t know, Ceres is also the largest known asteroid, with a diameter approaching 600 miles and contains the largest mountain on the largest known asteroid in the solar system, Ahuna Mons, which rises more than 13,000 feet. “The new hypothesis, based on numerous gravity measurements, holds that a bubble of mud rose from deep within the dwarf planet and pushed through the icy surface at a weak point rich in reflective salt — and then froze,” said in a statement. Read more for another video and additional information.
Photo credit: Martin Hajek
Sure, there’s Tesla apps for both iOS and Android, but they do have their limitations. What if Elon Musk decided to release a smartphone designed to accompany his company’s vehicles? Introducing the Model P. Its sleek exterior is finished in a glossy red, and instead of a hole-punch or teardrop display, there’s a cutout that resembles a Tesla Model S / X front grille, while carbon fiber adorns the charging port area. Read more for additional pictures and information.