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Samsung recently had a patent that was filed with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) for an ‘electronic device having multiple of displays and method for controlling the same’ approved. This mobile device with a ‘multi-plane display’ is essentially a smartphone boasting a display on both the front and back that can be used simultaneously. The entire front is all-screen and the display surface extends up top and to about 3/4 of the back. Since the screen is placed in a bracket, it retains its fixed shape, therefore making it a double-sided phone. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Here’s another look at Russian designer Yuriy Dmitriev’s Bio-Robot Refrigerator, which is a zero-energy device, thanks to a special gel-like substance that suspends and cools food placed in it. This wall-mounted appliance can be set up horizontally, vertically or even on the ceiling, and does not have a motor, but instead a gel that does all the work, making 90% of the appliance actual usable space. To use, simply place food into its bio-polymer gel, which is odorless nor sticky, and it’s suspended and cooled until you need it. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
At first, this appears to be just a slightly modified 1969 Ford Mustang Coupe, but step inside? It looks like a car from the future. This stunning vehicle is owned by Hassane El-Khoury, the president and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, and in addition to the supercharged 5.0-liter V8, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, generating 785 HP, the interior is out of this world. Featuring 3D-printed panels, a digital instrument cluster, and touch-sensitive controls. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Russia-based luxury accessory maker Caviar has created a geeky Infinity Gauntlet charger just in time for the Avengers: Endgame movie premier. At $7660, this luxurious Infinity Gauntlet is covered with gold and boasts six semi-precious stones: topaz, chrysolite, amethyst, garnet, citrine and amber. It stands 11.8-inches (30-centimeters) and is a near-exact replica of Thanos’ glove. When charging your smartphone, simply place it in the palm of the glove, plug in the connector, and you’ll be ready to go. Read more for additional pictures and information.
UCSF researchers have developed a brain machine interface for people with neurological conditions who have lost the ability to speak. This implant turns brain signals into recognizable synthesized speech by picking up on individual nerve commands and translating them to a virtual vocal tract. The system isn’t perfect just yet, as while it can accurately capture the distinctive sound of someone’s voice, the are times it produces garbled words. Read more for a video and additional information.
Have you been in a store where a runaway shopping cart is heading your way, either due to human error or just a child rolling around on one? You won’t have to worry about it hitting you with Ford’s Self-Braking Trolley, which is inspired by the automaker’s Pre-Collision Assist technology that uses a forward-facing camera and radar in order to detect objects. This trolley scans ahead for people and objects, like cars, and automatically applies the brakes in emergency situations. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
Ousmane Bah, an 18-year-old college student from New York, is suing Apple for $1 billion, claiming that the company used facial recognition in its stores in a way that led to his wrongful arrest. He was accused of stealing from multiple Apple Stores and was arrested at his home in November. It all began when Bah was still a high-school student and received a summons from a court accusing him of stealing $1,200 worth of items (Apple Pencils) from an Apple Store in Boston. According to the suit, the teen had never been to Boston and was attending his senior prom in Manhattan on the day authorities said the theft took place. He was then later accused of additional thefts from Apple Stores in New Jersey, Delaware, and New York City. Read more for another video and additional information.
Elon Musk announced today at the Tesla Autonomy Day event that they company plans to have at least a million robo-taxis on the road by 2020 with full self-driving car technology. This is possible thanks to Tesla’s very own computer for self-driving cars, which uses a neural network system with complete redundancy. So, if one of these chips should fail, the second one kicks in automatically. “All Tesla cars right now have everything necessary for self-driving available today. All you need to do is improve the software,” said Musk. Read more for a video about the chip from Autonomy Day and additional information.
Former student Vishwanath Akuthota of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York has pleaded guilty in the destruction of 66 computers at the school using a USB killer device. How does this device work? When connected to any device, it begins to accumulate charge from their capacitors, until it reaches the critical voltage, and then rapidly discharges it back to the host device, thus frying its electronic components. Read more for a video of USB killers being used on a Tesla Model 3 as well as other devices.
The U.S. Navy has plans to integrate a railgun with a range of over 16 km onto a ship in the next 5-years, and this weapon, while having a form factor more typical of a naval gun, will utilize hyper-velocity rounds weighing 23-pounds, are 18-inches, and fired at Mach 7. The ultimate goal is to develop self-guided projectiles, and the Navy is projecting each round to cost around $25,000 each. There are currently some high velocity projectiles developed by the Navy that have command guidance, but their accuracy is unknown, nor it can survive a full power shot. There are only two Zumwalt-class destroyers (DDG-1000 series) that can produce enough electrical power to get the desired performance, generating 78 megawatts of power. Read more for two additional videos and additional information.