DJI’s yet to be announced Mavic Mini drone fits in the palm of your hand, and due to its ultra lightweight design, you won’t have to register it with the FAA. This leak comes courtesy of Newegg Canada, and from the data gathered, it weighs in at a svelte 249 grams, which puts it right under the 250 grams limit for FAA registration requirements. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Minecraft has been described as one of the most influential and greatest video games in history, thanks to the ability for players to use a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world. NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX ray-tracing technology, which uses real light sources to accurately illuminate the environment, gives this title a modern visual makeover while keeping the same aesthetics as the original. Read more for an extended gameplay video of the ray-tracing on Minecraft.
Based on the Ariel Nomad, this electric buggy by BorgWarner is something we’d expect if Tesla started making off-road vehicles. Instead of the traditional Honda-sourced 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generating 235 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque found on the Nomad, this vehicle has now been fitted with two hairpin electric motors that each control a rear wheel. They operate independently from each other and boast a torque vectoring function for improved steering response. Read more for a video and additional information.
Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp has just announced four new patent applications for their ‘Quantum Stealth’ technology, which is essentially a real-life invisibility cloak. This paper-thin material does not require an external power source, and can hide objects or persons by simply bending the light around them so that only the background is visible. Read more for a video and additional information.
No larger than most printer ink cartridges, the PrinCube is a one-line color mobile printer touted as the world’s smallest. Unlike normal printeres where you feed sheets of paper, this one prints by simply moving the device across the material one line at a time. It works no only on paper, but cardboard, leather, metal, plastic, fabric, wood, textured surfaces, and skin as well for temporary tattoos. Read more for a video and additional information.
Google’s digital wellbeing experiments hope to help people find a better balance with technology, and they’ve done so through five experimental apps that promotes technology to assist the user in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One of the most interesting things they launched was a printable Paper Phone, which lets you take a break from the digital world by printing a personal booklet of the key information you’ll need that day. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Raytheon Co announced that it has delivered the first high-energy laser weapon system (HELWS) to counter-unmanned aerial system to the U.S. Air Force. This anti-drone laser can be installed on small all-terrain vehicles, and a single charge from a standard 220-volt outlet enables it to deliver intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability as well as fire dozens of precise laser shots. Read more for a video and additional information.
Mitsubishi’s futuristic MI-TECH CONCEPT was built as a small plug-in hybrid electric SUV that delivers unparalleled driving pleasure and confidence over all terrain in light and wind. Featuring its new PHEV drivetrain, a four-motor electric 4WD system, and advanced driver assist / preventive safety technologies that is all packaged into the compact electrified SUV. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
There are smart gadgets, smartphones, and soon, smart tires, starting with Hankook’s futuristic-looking Hexonic. Designed for autonomous cars of the near future, it sports a tread design that is sectioned into multiple hexagonal modules that can split apart to create water passages. Within each of these modules is a Y shape in the center for added grip on the road. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Vertical Aerospace reveals flight footage of a sleek electric vertical take off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), called Seraph, that completed its maiden flight at Llanbedr Airfield in Wales. This prototype was built to test new technologies and systems for integration into Vertical Aerospace’s upcoming passenger model, which is slated to be unveiled next year, and it’s capable of carrying loads of up to 250kg while reaching speeds of up to 80km per hour. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.