Hublot is best known as a Swiss luxury watchmaker founded in 1980 by Italian Carlo Crocco, but their latest product is far from traditional. Introducing the Big Bang E, a luxury smartwatch running Google’s Wear OS, and powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 CPU @ 1.094 GHz, 1GB of RAM as well as 8GB of Flash storage.
MagniX collaborated with AeroTEC to complete the first successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B, called eCaravan. It’s powered by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system, and it’s currently the world’s largest all-electric commercial aircraft, making it a significant milestone in disrupting the the electric aviation industry. Read more for a video and additional information.
The all-electric Arcimoto FUV (Fun Utility Vehicle) is basically a reverse trike sporting a three-wheeled design propelled by twin front motors. It weighs in at just 1,100 pounds and comfortably seats two people, along with their gear. On a full charge, it can travel an estimated 70-miles (base model) or 130-miles (extended range option) on a single charge. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Ever wonder what an above-ground Mars habitat could look like if it were built by a group of autonomous robots? If so, Hassell Studio shows us their proposal, which was also entered into NASA’s international 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. The team partnered with structural engineers at Eckersley O’Callaghan (EOC) and it consists of an external shell made from local Martian regolith. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) flew an unarmed General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone over Minneapolis as protesters continue to protest against police brutality. It was first discovered on a flight tracking tool by members of the ADB-S Exchange, and is apparently surveying protests there. Read more for two videos about the MQ-1 Predator and additional information.
Looking Glass Factory has officially started shipping its holographic 8K display, which made its public debut back in 2018. Whether it be business applications or gaming, its 33.2 million pixels and 45-element light field ensure an immersive 3D effect. Unfortunately, there’s no pricing information available nor if they are shipping to non-enterprise clients. Read more for a video and additional information.
Latvia-based design studio Zeltini, led by designer Aigars Lauzis, created Z-Triton, which combines tricycle, tiny home, and electric boat, into one. You can’t buy one yet, but the studio plans on renting out the vehicle by 2021. After you’re done cycling, the wheels fold up to let you safely take the vehicle from land to water. On land, the front resembles a tricycle, with a bike seat for the driver, but when in water, the back then becomes the boat’s stern. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
EmbraerX, the air taxi division of Embraer, first launched an electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft concept in June, 2019. This year, they followed it up with the PULSE. This concept is basically a private jet and self-driving car in one, all based around a central docking pod. This transparent can quickly transition from a VTOL aircraft to autonomous vehicle. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Ever wonder how they compress and combine steel rope? If so, then you’ll be glad to know that it’s most likely a SAHM splice swaging machine. The term “swage” derives from the Old French term souage, meaning “decorative groove” or “ornamental moulding”. They were originally tools used by blacksmiths to form metal into different shapes that are too intricate to make with just a hammer alone. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is designed to conduct unprecedented large surveys of the infrared universe to explore everything from our solar system to the edge of the observable universe, including planets throughout our galaxy as well as the nature of dark energy. It will also search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Read more for two videos and additional information.