It’s official, NIO has launched the ES6 midsize all-electric SUV in China. The vehicle is touted as an affordable “high-performance, long-range, [and] smart electric,” thanks to a dual-motor (a high-efficiency permanent magnet (PM) motor with 215 hp and an induction motor (IM) that produces 322 hp) setup generating a combined 536 hp and electric all-wheel drive in the range topping 84 kWh battery pack model. All of this is good for a 0-62 mph sprint time of 4.7-seconds, while topping out at 124 mph. The company claims the PM motor and IM motor setup saves costs and offers strong power. Read more for the full presentation, additional pictures and information.
Chinese scientists announced that they have developed the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), a nuclear fusion reactor that achieved a temperature exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius in its core plasma during a four-month experiment this year, which is approximately seven times greater than the 15 million degrees Celsius interior of the sun. This breakthrough enabled researchers to study how plasma reacts at such temperatures, which could one day lead to the technology becoming a safe and reliable option for limitless, clean energy. Read more for another video of the reactor and additional information.
Samsung Electronics revealed its largest-ever 3D-ready Onyx screen at Capital Cinema located in the Xicheng district in Beijing, China at a grand opening ceremony on December 7. This high-tech display installed at Capital Theater combines 4K resolution, HDR picture quality and peak brightness level of 88fL — almost six times greater than standard projector technologies. The Onyx LED technology is also 3D-ready and Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)-certified. “Our new Onyx display reflects a momentous step for the industry, as we usher in the next generation of cinema around the globe. We’re excited to partner with Capital Cinema to help showcase the new industry standard for picture quality on the big screen,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. Read more for two more videos and additional information.
The Blackview MAX 1 may not be the only smartphone to have an integrated projector, but it’s definitely the first to hit the market. At $699, it features a 5.7-inch AMOLED Full HD + Oncell display (2160 x 1080 resolution), dual 16MP rear cameras, a front-facing 16MP camera, a 2.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6763T processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, and a high-capacity 5000 mAh battery that can be charged via USB Type-C (12V / 2A ). Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The iQue Player is a lost Nintendo video game console that was manufactured by iQue, a joint venture between the Japanese company and Chinese-American scientist Wei Yen. Even though the console was never released in any English speaking countries, the name “iQue Player” appears in the console’s instruction manual. There was no separate console, you plug the controller itself directly into the television, but a box accessory is available that allows multiplayer gaming. It was officially released on November 17, 2003, but unfortunately, the launch was not successful, with total estimated sales between 8,000 to 12,000 units. Games are stored on a 64 MB flash card that is contained within a cartridge that plugs directly into the controller, and titles were purchased at a special “iQue depot”, where they could be downloaded and played later. Read more for an unboxing video, additional pictures and information.
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Studio 10 has just completed its M.C. Escher-inspired “Dream & Maze” guestrooms at “The Other Place” guesthouse in Guilin, China. The “Dream” room features the endless, floating Penrose stairs and several other objects that appear to be straight from the mind of Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. “Anti-gravitational stairs lead to golden doors, behind which there could be a trail leading to a secret forest – or some other unexpected findings that surprises you,” said the design firm. Read more for additional pictures.
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This followup to the Vivo NEX, which featured a pop-up selfie camera and a true full-screen display, the NEX 2 builds upon its predecessor in a dual screen way. In addition to the dual screens, with the main one being nearly bezel-free, it features an in-display fingerprint scanner, an RGB LED-illuminated “Lunar Ring” on the back that lights up for notifications, and possibly a time-of-flight camera – a range imaging camera system that resolves distance based on the known speed of light, measuring the time-of-flight of a light signal between the camera and the subject for each point of the image. Read more for two additional spy shots and information.
The Plugin House by the People’s Architecture Office (PAO) is basically a modular, affordable living space designed for those who reside in hard to reach areas of China. Mrs. Fan (above video) was the first to purchase one of these homes, and now, their latest project in Shenzhen follows up on it. At first glance, it may appear to be an optical illusion nestled in between historic buildings, but as you get closer, you’ll see its minimalist walled-in garden area, glazed windows, and an angular design. Step inside, you’re greeted with a spacious, bright, and airy loft-style design. These homes are priced from $20,000 USD, and range in size from 160 sq. ft. to 215 sq. ft. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Scientists have discovered a relatively easy way to edit genes in recent years using a tool called CRISPR-cas9, which makes it possible to operate on DNA to supply a needed gene or disable one that’s causing problems. Chinese scientist He Jiankui of Shenzhen claims to have the altered embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments, with one pregnancy resulting thus far, resulting in twin girls who now have an ability to resist possible future infection with HIV, the AIDS virus. Read more for another video on gene editing and additional information.
Dual-screen smartphones have been around for quite some time, but ZTE’s Nubia X puts an innovative twist on the design. In addition to its 6.26-inch main touchscreen display, there’s a 5.1-inch OLED display that is invisible when not in use. Other features include: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 AIE Octa-core 2.8GHz processor, an Adreno 630 graphics processing unit, up to 8GB of LPDDRX RAM and 256GB internal storage. To keep things cool, the smartphone boasts multi-layer graphene cooling technology for heat dissipation. Read more for another hands-on video and more information.