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.
Toyota’s CUE 3 robot that stands six foot 10-inch (2.1m) tall has set a Guinness World Record by shooting 2,020 free throws consecutively. How does it work? It generates a three-dimensional image of where the basket is using sensors on its torso and then adjusts the motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a perfect shot each time. Read more for a video and additional information.
Toyota’s CUE, a 6′ 10″ humanoid robot, has just been upgraded, and now it’s capable of shooting three-point shots like a pro – previously just free throws. This version, officially called CUE 3, uses various sensors to calculate the correct angle and force of a shot, while motors are used to repeat the same motion every single time for maximum accuracy. There’s still some work left to do, but it still managed to make five out of eight shots from the three-point line in the latest demonstration. Read more for the three-point showcase video and additional information.
Did you see a meteor streaking across the Los Angeles sky a few nights back during the supermoon? Well, it’s not quite what you think, but rather just a clever stunt by Red Bull. Simply put, what you saw were skydivers in wingsuits equipped with LED lights and “Sparking Pyrotechnic”. These daredevils jumped from a helicopter hovering 4000-feet above the Los Angeles skyline and zipped through the sky at nearly 120 miles per hour. Read more to see the video from the wingsuit’s perspective.
The Nike Adapt platform creates a truly custom fit by combining an advanced power-lacing system, an app as well as continually updated firmware, and it’s featured in the all-new Nike Adapt BB sneakers. How does it work? When you step into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing pulls 32 pounds of force to secure the foot throughout a range of movement. “We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes. During a normal basketball game the athlete’s foot changes and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete’s experience,” said Eric Avar, Nike VP Creative Director of Innovation. Read more for a video review, hands-on pictures and additional information.
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First, there were these Super Soaker sneakers, and now, Recon Beat Lab has unveiled a pair of Russell Westbook Game Boy-themed Jordans. These Why Not Zer0.2s sneakers, Westbrook’s signature shoe, sports a Game Boy-inspired color scheme, complete with a Game Boy cartridge hang-tag and even a Game Boy box that looks like a giant version of the classic portable game console. Read more for additional pictures and information.