Harbour Air’s “eBeaver” took to the skies in Vancouver, British Columbia for a 10-minutes proof-of-concept test flight, piloted by company CEO and founder, Greg McDougall. This aircraft is basically a modified de Havilland DCH-2 Beaver, fitted with a 750 horsepower electric motor from Redmond, Washington-based Magnix. Read more for a video and additional information.
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New Story has opened the world’s first 3D-printed community in Mexico, and the first two 500-square-foot homes took approximately 24-hours to print over several days of construction. The company spent around 18-months planning and designing the project, while also partnering with construction technologies company ICON for the initial build. ECHALE a Tu Casa, a nonprofit company based in Mexico, completed the final build-out. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
WT2’s Language Translator Wireless Earbuds are perfect for travel and can be picked up for just $159.99 shipped, today only, originally $299.99. That’s right, these offer simultaneous 2-way translation in multiple languages, which means it covers 85% of the world’s population. WT2 Technologies has partnered with top language engine enterprises in ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition), MT (Machine Translation), and TTS (Text-To-Speech) and will continue to crawl deep into every region to provide the best translation experiences for users. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Laser cleaning is essentially the process of clearing away undesired material from a solid surface by irradiating it with a laser beam. How does it work? Well, by absorbing the energy of the laser beam, the targeted material is heated very quickly, thus making it evaporate or sublimate, and since the surface below does not absorb any energy, it stays untouched. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will carry astronauts to the moon in 2024 as part of the Artemis project and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gave the public a first view of the most powerful rocket ever built at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The core stage is the powerhouse of the SLS rocket, with five major structures: the forward skirt, liquid oxygen tank, intertank, liquid hydrogen tank and engine section. Read more for a video and additional information.
Robotic limbs that move like their real-life counterparts and are controlled by the mind are a game changer for amputees. These innovative “smart limbs” being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are possible because of the Ewing Amputation, or a procedure developed between MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital protects the nerves and muscles so the limb can continue to communicate with the brain.
Let’s face it, LEGO sets are fun to put together, but when it comes time to clean everything up, sorting the leftover pieces definitely isn’t the most enjoyable task. Inventor Daniel West has just the solution. This LEGO enthusiast put his engineering skills to work by building the world’s first universal LEGO sorting machine that uses an AI-powered neural network to identify, classify and organize the pieces more efficiently than a human ever could. Read more to see it in-action.
Forget tasers, BolaWrap by Arizona-based Wrap Technologies is a new non-lethal way of restraining people. This battery-powered, razor-sized device is loaded with single-use recyclable cartridges, with each containing a propellant in the form of a .38-caliber partial charge blank as well as an 8-foot Kevlar-cord tether equipped with grappling hook-like metal barbs at either end. Read more for a video of it in-action.
SpaceX has successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft from a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday afternoon from Cape Canaveral. The launch was originally scheduled for 12:51 p.m. on Wednesday, but it was scrapped due to upper altitude winds and wind conditions that would affect the droneship. This will be the last resupply mission of 2019 as the cargo spacecraft delivered supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Read more for two launch videos and additional information.
Carnegie Mellon University’s Biorobotics Lab have developed a modular snake robot’s that mimics its real-life counterpart, thanks to 16 joints that enable it to twist around a cylindrical shape, like a leg as well as climb up / down. The current prototype is tethered by a power and control cable, but future versions may be completely wireless. Read more for a video and additional information.