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The Fliteboard eFoil, priced from $12,435 USD, is basically an all-electric surfboard that carves like an aquatic snowboard as it glides above the water without requiring wind or waves to start shredding. Featuring a simple design that allows for it to be easily transported and set up when on location and then used on any body of water over 1m in depth, including oceans, rivers, lakes and bays. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Black Box VR opened the world’s first virtual reality gym in San Francisco, California earlier this year, and put simply, it takes Nintendo’s Ring Fit Adventure to the next level. It features the world’s first fully automated cable resistance machine that integrates virtual reality hardware and original eSport software, all powered by the HTC Vive Pro, Black Box VR users get an intense, time-dilated, custom workout while immersed in competitive virtual reality fitness experiences that redefine eSports into physically active vSports. Read more for a video and additional information.
Projection mapping is nothing new, but what if the technology was used on a full-sized ice rink? That’s exactly what this company specializes in and ice is a perfect surface to work with for projections because the material reflects light and images perfectly. Plus, typical professional ice rink surfaces measure 200’ x 85’, which means lots of canvas to work with, and just enough detail on its surface to allow is to create some incredible 3D effects, like scenes from Game of Thrones. Read more for a video and additional information.
Here’s an oldie, but goodie of a real Japanese samurai using a katana sword to slice a baseball in half. Just for reference, it takes a major league baseball player around .380-seconds to react to a pitched ball thrown at 100 mph from 60-feet away. Isao Machii is standing just 30 feet away from a pitching machine yet still manages to slice a baseball in half. Read more for the video and additional information.
Inspired by Nissan’s ProPILOT 2.0 driver assistance technology, this golf ball can turn just about anyone into a professional, as it uses a predefined route to its goal. How does it work? An overhead camera detects the position of the ball and cup. When it’s hit, a monitoring system calculates the correct route based on the ball’s movement and adjusts its trajectory in real-time. Read more for a video and additional information.
The WaveFlyer, developed by researchers at the University of Western Australia, Perth’s Renewable Energy Vehicle Project, Perth’s Electro Aero and Galaxy Resources, is touted as the world’s first electric hydrofoil personal watercraft. This jet ski-inspired creation appears to rise and float above water when it starts accelerating, thanks to the patented WaveDrive stabilized twin hydrofoil propulsion system. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics may be in one year, but the medal designs have just been unveiled. Nearly 80,000 tons of mobile phones as well as electronic devices were collected from all around Japan, and will be used in the handcrafting every gold, silver and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medal awarded to athletes at next year’s games. There expect to be approximately 5,000 medals handed out between the two games. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
John Deere has teamed up with PING to create the world’s largest answer golf putter, or to be more specific, a half-excavator, half-putter that can actually hit putts. The project all bega with Tony Serrano, Senior Design Engineer at Ping, who used CAD (computer aided drafting) to design the putter head, which was originally the traditional size of a putter, but John Deere later blew it up to scale. Next, the putter head was meticulously adorned with the iconic features of Ping’s famous Anser putters, with John Deere tractor-inspired designs inter-weaved throughout. Read more for two additional videos, pictures and information.
Did you know that the very first Google Doodle way back in 1998 paid tribute to the annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City, Nevada? That’s right, and even more surprising, it was designed by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin themselves to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. For Independence Day on July 4, 2019, Google turned its logo into an interactive game of backyard barbecue baseball. You can play as H-Dog, Power Pop, Wild Slice and the Cobbra. Read more for a video of it in-action, additional information and a link to the game.
Apple has joined in on the 2019 Cricket World Cup fever, currently going on in England and Wales, with a brand new “Shot on iPhone XS” advert. This 38 second clip features groups of people playing cricket on a traditional field, beach, and there’s even a pick up game going on in an alley, with music from the Dreadlock Holiday, by 10cc. chorus. “It’s the spirit of India, captured in a game, a love story that spans more than a billion hearts. Come, celebrate cricket the way India does,” said Apple. Read more for the video and additional information.