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Surveying a forest can be quite the task, whether it be on foot or in the air, but the Humal Forestry Drone aims to make things a lot easier. It’s compact enough to be carried in a bag, but if you’re already weighed down with gear, you can simply strap it to your chest. To use, just detach it from the dock and at the push of a button, it can be deployed just about anywhere. Boasting three hubless propellers, it can easily maneuver through tight spaces and treetops, while multiple cameras can record footage from all angles. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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In addition to the 2.3-liter turbo-four and 2.7-liter V6 models, mated to either a 10-speed automatic transmission (possibly manual gearbox), the 2021 Ford Bronco will also be offered in a hybrid variant, according to AutoNews reporter Michael Martinez. As for the latter’s powertrain, it could receive the same one powering the Explorer hybrid, a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain generating 318 horsepower. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Apple AirPods 2 comes with the new H1 chip for faster wireless connection to compatible devices as well as “Hey Siri” integration, all for $139.99 shipped (order now to lock in price), today only, originally $159. Simply double-tap on the earbud to play or skip forward, and just plug in the case via Lightning connector to charge it up. Product page. Read more for a full hands-on video review and additional information.
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Louis Vuitton unveiled a set of handbags equipped with integrated flexible AMOLED (1920 x 1440) displays during LV’s Cruise 2020 runway show in New York City. One prototype features a single screen, while the other sports dual displays, and both were showing full motion videos. The company touts them as “the basis for reconsidering the digital Canvas of the Future.” Unfortunately (or fortunately), no pricing or availability information was released. Read more for a video and additional information.
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When is a Bentley Continental GT not just a luxurious coupe? When AcademeG turns it into a tank of sorts. Not just looking the part, they managed to keep the OEM Bentley steering wheel, but instead of using it to turn the tracks, the differential is left open, and when the car needs to go left or right, it applies brakes to the inside track, enabling power to continue flowing to the outside track, rotating the vehicle. Read more for two videos and additional information.
DARPA’s ACE (Air Combat Evolution) program aims to find ways to teach machines to fly planes in dogfight scenarios, while also enabling human pilots to trust what the aircraft is doing. The ultimate goal is to have AI handle the minor fighting and let the human pilot focus on “the larger air battle.” ACE Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Javorsek says it could be possible for an AI to make split-second maneuvering during within-visual-range dogfights, while the pilot can be remotely flying a swarm of other unmanned aircraft operating in the area. Read more for another video and additional information.
NASA researchers are currently experimenting with soft robotics that could one day help explore other worlds. These have a large advantage over their metal counterparts because they’re very flexible and much better in adapting to new environments, all the while offering a range of motion similar to living organisms, thus making it easier to manipulate in tight spots. “When you actuate the soft robot, it changes how you use the material properties. A piece of rubber going from flat to the shape of a finger, it changes the material into something else,” said NASA intern Jack Fitzpatrick. Read more for another video and additional information.
Bioengineers, led by Jordan Miller, from Rice University and the University of Washington (UW) used living cells, hydrogels, and a DLP printer to create an air sac surrounded by multivascular tubes that mimics the behavior of a real human lung. “Tissue engineering has struggled with this for a generation. With this work we can now better ask, ‘If we can print tissues that look and now even breathe more like the healthy tissues in our bodies, will they also then functionally behave more like those tissues?’,” said Kelly Stevens, a bioengineer from the University of Washington who also led the project. Read more for a video and additional information.
An original Apple iPod could be yours, but it’ll cost you the price of a new car, or at least in some places. Did you know that Apple did not develop the iPod software entirely in-house, but rather used PortalPlayer’s reference platform based on two ARM cores? That’s right, the platform had basic software running on a commercial microkernel embedded operating system. “I am a longtime Apple device collector, and this 5-Gigabyte iPod has been in my personal possession for almost two decades, kept in cool temperatures and away from sunlight. I guarantee that it has been completely unused and untouched inside its original packaging, along with its iconic headphones, charging accessories, and manuals,” said the seller. Auction page. Read more for a video of the original Steve Jobs iPod keynote from 2001 and additional information.
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Jeff Bezos, chairman of Amazon and founder of Blue Origin, revealed “Blue Moon,” the space company’s lunar lander for the very first time on Thursday. “This vehicle is going to the moon. We were given a gift — this nearby body called the moon. [Getting resources from the moon] takes 24 times less energy to get it off the surface compared to the Earth…that is a huge lever. It’s time to go back to the moon and this time stay,” said Bezos said. Read more to see the BE-7 rocket engine and for additional information.