China’s lunar robots Chang’e-4 and Yutu-2 captured these amazing images from the far side of the moon, where they woke up for their 14th day on Jan. 18 and 19 respectively. This batch of images were captured by Chang’e-4 lander’s terrain camera and the panoramic camera on the Yutu-2 rover. The former just celebrated its first anniversary of landing in the Von Kármán Crater, within the gigantic South Pole-Aitken basin. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Weighing just 600-pounds, the EH 216 autonomous passenger drone uses sixteen sets of electric motors and propellers to lift itself into the air and move it forward along pre-programmed routes at up to 80 mph, while carrying two passengers or up to 600-pounds. It took to the skies in North Carolina ahead of the 2020 North Carolina Transportation Summit at the Raleigh Convention Center. Read more for a video and additional information.
China has successfully launched Long March-5 Y3 Yaosan, one of the world’s most powerful rockets, in a major bid for its planned mission to Mars in 2020. This heavy lift rocket carried a Shijian 20 test satellite payload as it blasted off from the Wenchang launch site on the southern island of Hainan at 8:45pm (12:45pm GMT or 6:15pm IST). Read more for a video and additional information.
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Video game console knockoffs are nothing new, especially for something as popular as the Nintendo Switch. However, “Nanica Smitch” not only attempts to copy its looks, but aesthetics as well. It comes with detachable game pads that mimic the Joy-Cons, and appears to have 800 built-in games, which we assume are just random titles not related to anything available on the Switch. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
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An Audi dealership in Guilin, China were probably happy to see a father and his 3-year-old daughter stroll into their showroom, but little did they know, no less than 10 luxury cars would come out damaged from the visit. Mr. Zhao, accompanied by a friend, along with his wife and daughter, was interested in purchasing a new vehicle. Unfortunately leaving the 3-year-old girl alone was not the best idea, as she casually found a stone on the ground and proceeded to scratc the paint of nearly a dozen Audi vehicles, including a Q8, which sells for $142,000 in the country. Read more to see a picture of the damage.
You’re about to see Ken Block tackle China’s most dangerous road on Tianmen Mountain in Climbkhana 2, behind the wheel of his 1977 Ford F-150, which is nicknamed the ‘Hoonitruck.’ It may look like a typical slammed truck at first, but it’s powered by a custom-tuned Ford Performance V6 EcoBoost engine generating 914bhp and 702 ft-lb of torque, mated to a Sadev 6-speed gearbox. Read more for the incredible 9-minute video and additional information.
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Researchers from China’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Nanjing University have developed an innovative alternating-current electroluminescent (ACEL) display that is thin enough to be worn on skin, similar to a temporary tattoo. It links with a human-machine interface that enables information to be displayed directly onto human skin. It consists of an electroluminescent layer made of light-emitting microparticles sandwiched between two flexible silver nanowire electrodes. Read more for additional pictures and information.
US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper released a statement claiming that China is manufacturing and selling weaponized drones to the Middle East, while it prepares to export its next generation stealth UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles]. Chinese weapons manufacturers are also selling drones advertised as capable of full autonomy, including the capability of conducting lethal targeted strikes. Read more for a video and additional information.
Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Mi Watch, and just like the Apple Watch, this square-shaped device comes equipped with a digital crown and a button. Other features include an always-on 1.78-inch AMOLED display (326 ppi), 570mAh battery good for 36 hours of use, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and eSIM support for 4G connectivity, all running MIUI for Watch. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
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Shanghai police arrested 25 suspects over a counterfeit anime toys / figure operation that netted over $42,000,000 USD. It all kicked off when back in June, police in the Huangpu district received a tip from an unnamed source and discovered these roughly made toys being sold in many shops, which included famous brands like Bandai Namco, Megahouse and Nintendo. Read more for additional pictures and information.