The Formula DRIFT series basically consists of an eight-round championship played out at race tracks across North America. Competitors are judged on line, angle, and style, rather than who finishes the course fastest, and it seamlessly blends together traditional racing and extreme sports. Napoleon Motorsports wanted to enter, but not with a traditional drift car. So, they took a Chevy Camaro, gutted it, and then proceeded to install an electric drivetrain generating 515 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. Read more for a first look video and additional information.
Lockheed Martin has just released new pictures of its lunar lander concept that aims to take humans back to the Moon by 2024. The design features a lander section and then the ascent vehicle, which lift astronauts off the Moon’s surface. The lander may eventually travel back and forth between NASA’s proposed Gateway space station that will orbit the Moon. This means astronauts would first travel to Gateway and then take the lander from the lunar surface. Read more for another video and additional information.
Sony has unveiled the world’s first ’16K’ TV screen that spans two floors, and it’s being installed at a research center near Tokyo for Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido. Measuring 63′ (w) by 17′ (h), it boasts 64 times more pixels than a regular 1080p HDTV display. “We’re moving slowly towards 8K TVs at the end of the decade and who knows how long it will take to get beyond that, so 16K is likely to be limited to the corporate world for the time being. But there’s no doubt about it, these displays are incredibly impressive in person – even 8K on a big display is almost mezmerising,” said David Mercer, principal analyst at consultancy Strategy Analytics. Read more for a video explaining why anything beyond 4K may be useless.
Walmart announced today that they are planning to add thousands of autonomous robot workers to tackle a variety of tasks within its stores following several tests in 2018. The goal is to give employees “more of an opportunity to do what they’re uniquely qualified for,” like helping customers face-to-face on the sales floor. “Smart assistants have huge potential to make busy stores run more smoothly,” said a Walmart representative. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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The unreleased Apple W.A.L.T. (Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone) made its debut at MacWorld 1993, but unfortunately, it never went into production. However, there were a few prototypes that made it into the hands of a lucky few. Previously, it was thought that the remaining devices were either broken or lost, but a fully-functioning W.A.L.T. has surfaced in a newly released video by Sonny Dickson. There was one specimen that hit eBay back in 2020 and that one sold for a whopping $8,000. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The Weather Channel is back at it again, and their latest immersive mixed reality video is definitely no slouch. This segment, hosted by meteorologist Jen Carfagno, begins with a virtual recreation of Charleston, South Carolina in the year 2100. You see the city’s flooded streets, a billboard advertising the 2086 elections, and then the remains of the city. You’re then transported to Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland way back in 1851. Read more for the video and additional information.
Reaction Engines researchers have developed a ‘pre cooler’ that works at a simulated speed of 3.3 mach (2,500 mph) in hopes that their Synergetic Air Breathing Rocket Engine (Sabre) will eventually make it onto large aircraft, like the Skylon Spaceplane, to transport passengers around the world in hours. Future tests will see how it handles Mach 5.5 (4,200mph), and possibly one day soon, hit the proposed Mach 25 top speed, which means flights between London and New York that take under 1-hour. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
IKEA and Sonos have officially unveiled the SYMFONISK line of WiFi speakers. One model is table lamp, while the other has a bookshelf model that can also be wall mounted, priced at $179 and $99 respectively. Both speakers can be controlled with the Sonos app, and easily integrate directly into the Sonos ecosystem should you have any existing speakers. Or, set them up using Sonos’s TruePlay custom tuning function as bonded stereo pairs or individual mono speakers. Apple’s AirPlay 2 integration enables iOS and MacOS users to stream any audio content directly to the speakers without using the app. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Imgur’s “darkshark” managed to fool the Samsung Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor using just a 3D-printer. Tha’s right, he captured his fingerprint on a wineglass, used Photoshop to clean it up, and then created a model using 3DS Max that was used to extrude the lines in the picture into a 3D version. In the end, it took 13-minutes to print a version of his fingerprint that managed to unlock the smartphone. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.