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Located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, Maryland, the US Navy Indoor Sea Simulator is basically a 12-million-gallon, football-field-size pool. Featuring 216 electronically-controlled wave boards, each with its own motor synced up to software, capable of recreating eight ocean conditions, whether it be calm or typhoon-like, across all seven seas. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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The OnePlus 8T is the company’s latest flagship smartphone, and they just teased the design. The base model reportedly features a 6.5-inch 120Hz 1080p OLED display, a Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 4500mAh battery, all running on OxygenOS 11. Its coolest feature just might be the 65W “Warp Charge,” which doubles the speed of the 30W charging, or in other words, the the 8T will charge to 100% in a mere 39 minutes. Read more for two videos and additional information.
University of California San Diego engineers have developed a squid-like robot, called “Squidbot,” capable of swimming without a tether. How does it move? It propels itself by generating jets of water, thanks to its own power source built inside its body. It can also be equipped with various sensor, like a camera, for underwater exploration. The robot itself is made from soft materials, such as acrylic polymer, with a few rigid, 3D printed as well as laser cut parts. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
Epic Games revealed their HMI initiative today, which enables the creation of automotive infotainment and digital cockpit experiences. The soon-to-be-revealed GMC HUMMER EV will be the first vehicle to use Unreal Engine in its digital cockpit with software and hardware from BlackBerry QNX, Mapbox, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Siili Auto as well as Vectorform. Unreal Engine separates itself from traditional HMI workflows and allows for key features for design driven development, such as version control, visual scripting via Blueprints, and direct access to a C++ codebase. Read more for a video and additional information.
Boom Supersonic unveiled its demonstrator aircraft, the XB-1, earlier today, and it’s scheduled to begin flight testing next year. The aircraft is touted as the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet, complete with a 71 foot-long fuselage, carbon-composite airframe and three GE-designed J85-15 engines. Its first flight is set for late 2021 in Mojave California, with entry-into-service beginning by the end of the decade. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Qwake Technologies’ C-Thru could potentially save countless lives, and it’s basically transparent glass HUD over one eye within the breathing apparatus. This device projects a live feed of vision taken from a thermal camera on the outside of the mask, which uses a shape-predicting AI algorithm, allowing the firefighter to see various materials outlined in green with zero visibility due to their different thermal conductivity. Read more for a video and additional information.
ARC Motorcycles went bankrupt (administration) in 2019, but just this week, they announced that the company has been saved. Priced from $117K USD, the ARC Vector is touted as the world’s most technologically advanced electric motorcycle, and rightfully so. When optioned with the 95 kW (127 hp) electric motor it can hit 62 mph in just 3.2-seconds, while topping out at an electronically-limited top speed of 124 mph. Read more for two videos and additional information,
Razer Fintech, the financial technology arm of leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, teamed up with Visa to bring you the prepaid Razer Card. Similar to their light-up computer peripherals, this card also lights up when used for contactless payments. There are three versions: virtual, standard and premium. However, all cards will be able to enjoy cashback features with no capped limit and a gamified rewards system you can access in the free Razer Pay app. Read more for another picture and additional information.
The European Space Agency’s CHEOPS (Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite) was launched back in December and it officially began science observations this past April. It wasn’t designed specifically for locating alien exoplanets, but it did manage to find WASP-189b. This bizarre planet is classified superhot, so much so that it gives off a blue glow, while orbiting its star in just 2.7 Earth days. Read more for two videos about CHEOPS and additional information.
Selfie sticks are nothing new, but what happens when you combine one with a standard umbrella? You get the Hozzy Snapbrella. Featuring a 540° rotation angle so you can use it as a smartphone holder or selfie stick even when the umbrella is open. When not in use, you can simply store the umbrella in your backpack’s water bottle slot and use the magnetic holder as a smartphone viewing stand. It comes in three models: short, folding and extended length. Read more for a video and additional information.