Stanford University researchers have developed a video-editing algorithm that works on talking-head videos, or those that clearly show the speaker face-on, from the shoulders up, enabling producers to correct misspoken lines without the need for re-shoots. All one would have to do is change the words in a transcript of the actor’s speech, enabling you to add, remove or rearrange them as desired. Read more for a video and additional information.
Tesla’s first V3 Supercharging stations are now open to the public at their Fremont, California factory. Approximately eight stalls are available now to all Tesla owners and support charging speeds up of 250kW, which means that you can add 180-miles to a long-range Model 3, 130-miles to a Model S and 115-miles to a Model X in a mere 15-minutes. Read more for a video explaining the new charger and additional information.
ZF has developed an external side airbag system capable of being deployed in milliseconds before a vehicle collision to provide an additional lateral crumple zone. This system is connected to the vehicle’s sensor systems and uses connected cameras, radar and lidar to identify a potential impact, while algorithms within the software decides whether or not the deployment of the airbag is beneficial. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
NASA announced today a near-term, five-point plan to enable commercial and marketing activities aboard the International Space Station, with a long-term goal to achieve a robust economy in low-Earth orbit from which the space agency can purchase services as one of many customers. This will enable NASA to focus resources on landing the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024 as well as the first phase in creating a sustainable lunar presence to prepare for future missions to Mars. Read more for another video and additional information.
Composite metal foam (CMF) is not what you find in packaging, but instead formed from hollow beads of one metal within a solid matrix of another, such as steel within aluminum, and boasts a 5-6 times greater strength to density ratio as well as more than 7 times greater energy absorption than previous metal foams. A single plate less than one inch thick has enough resistance to turn a .30-06 Springfield standard-issue M2 armor piercing bullet to dust. Read more to see it easily withstand a .50-caliber bullet.
Google Stadia’s launch information has been revealed in the company’s pre-E3 2019 presentation. Available in November, there will be a $129.99 Founder’s Edition, available to pre-order now, which comes with a Chromecast Ultra puck, limited-edition Night Blue controller, a priority Stadia username, and a couple three-month Stadia Pro subscriptions. The Stadia Pro service itself is priced at $9.99 per month and gives you full access to Google’s library in 4K resolution / 60 frames per second, HDR and 5.1 surround sound. Read more for the complete E3 2019 presentation video, launch prices around the world and additional information.
Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert announced today at the re:Mars conference that the company will be launching SpotMini, its first commercial robot, later this year. This small four-legged robot weighs just 25 kg (30 kg if you include the arm), is all-electric and can run for about 90 minutes on a single charge, depending on the task(s). It’s capable of picking up and handling objects using its 5 degree-of-freedom arm and improved perception sensors, which include stereo cameras, depth cameras, an IMU, and position/force sensors in the limbs. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Circus Roncalli, founded inn 1976, has just replaced real animals in performances with lifelike 3D holographic projections, whether they be elephants or even a goldfish. Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM in cooperation with Bluebox chose Optoma as the best solution for this project and installed 11 ZU850 laser projectors for an immersive holographic experience. “We have been using Optoma projectors for 6 years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, performance and reliability. We needed a high contrast projector with great colors for the 3D effect and the ZU850’s 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project,” said Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox. Read more for a video and additional information.
Set for release next year, limited to 399-units worldwide and priced from $114K, the ARC Vector electric motorcycle is claimed to be the world’s most advanced. Featuring Human Interface technology, a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, hub-center steering, race inspired wheels and a 399-volt electric motor generating 133 HP and 109 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-60 time of 3-seconds flat. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Amazon Prime Air just debuted a new transforming unmanned aerial vehicle at the Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas. “We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if the system is incredibly safe,” said Amazon’s consumer worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke. Unlike its predecessors, it comes equipped with thermal cameras, depth cameras, and sonar to detect hazards as well as obstacles. It also uses machine learning models to automatically identify problems and navigate around them. Read more for a video and additional information.