Think of Tetra Aviation’s Mk-5 as an electric, single-seat flying bike of sorts. Featuring a chassis made from aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP) that measures measures 28 feet wide by 20 feet long by 7 feet high, it weighs in at just 1,000 pounds and comes equipped with some 32 vertical rotors on four fixed-wing planes as well as one horizontal thrust at the rear. Read more for a video and additional information.
Opener’s BlackFly may look like a UFO at first, but it’s actually a personal electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. It comes equipped with triple-modular redundant flight systems, control surfaces, and sensors for maximum safety. This ultralight single passenger, joystick-operated aircraft doesn’t require formal licensing in the U.S. to fly, but the company plans to mandate that owners take the FAA Private Pilot written examination and complete its own operator training. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Always wanted a solar-powered mobile home that can be towed just about anywhere? If so, and you have $500,000 USD, then look no further than the 2022 Living Vehicle. This luxurious trailer comes equipped with an upgraded energy system, solar panel system, extra energy storage and inverter power. There’s approximately 232-square-feet of interior space, complete with a full kitchen, a removable cooking island, an all-electric solar refrigerator, and a European-style marine three-burner oven. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Joby Aviation’s piloted, four-passenger, emissions free all-electric aircraft successfully completed a 154.6-mile test flight on a single charge. It was controlled from the ground by Joby chief test pilot Justin Paines, and it completed 11 laps of the circuit at Joby Electric Flight Base at Big Sur, California, logging 1 hour 17 minutes in the air. The aircraft performed a vertical landing to end the flight. Read more for a video and additional information.
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China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation’s (CRRC) unveiled the world’s first high-speed maglev transportation system with a speed of 600 km/h (373 mph) in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong Province on Tuesday. This transportation system would fill the gap between bullet trains that run at around 350 km/h (217 mph) and airplanes that cruise at 800 km/h (497 mph). Once complete, it can transport passengers from Shenzhen to Shanghai in just 2.5-hours instead of the normal 10-hours. Read more for a video and additional information.
Measuring 328-feet, Lazzarini’s Saturnia is no ordinary superyacht, as it doubles as a floating seaport for other vessels. To keep things as light as possible, its entire chassis is forged from dry carbon fiber, while the private entry can be accessed using the two openings on each side that rise up at the push of a button, complete with up to 5-feet of draft to moor inside. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Say goodbye to cargo trains, and hello to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ (HyperloopTT) HyperPort. This sustainable high-speed cargo and freight solution can not only increase capacity and efficiency, but it decreases pollution as well as congestion at shipping ports worldwide. It’s basically a plug-and-play solution for port operators capable of transporting containerized cargo hundreds of kilometers in minutes, or up to 2,800 containers a day. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Designer Yeojin Jung combined her love of Star Wars with the world of ultra luxury to create the Estrella Superyacht. Put simply, this 342-foot-long vessel boasts a “tri-swath” design inspired by the Y-Wing and a Naboo Royal Starship. This configuration splits it into three major sections, including a main floor with two floater components on each side, connected by a hull-spanning bridge. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Inventor Derek Muller, better known as Veritasium on YouTube, bet Alex Kusenko, a professor of physics from UCLA, $10,000 USD after successfully recreating a Blackbird-inspired land vehicle by Rick Cavallaro. This wind-powered vehicle claims to outrun the wind itself, so this was quite the task for Muller, but in the end, his vehicle was able to outrun the wind due to its propeller fan, driven by the moving wheels, was actually running in an opposite direction than the wind was pushing it. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Segway Ninebot S takes self-balancing electric scooters to the next level with several smart features, and Prime Members (free 30-day trial) can get one for $390.14 shipped with the automatic 15% discount added at checkout, today only, originally $539.99. It boasts a durable aircraft-grade magnesium alloy frame and weighs in at just 28 lbs with a max. payload of 220 lbs. Plus, the knee control bar enables you to easily lift it up for storage in a car trunk. Product page. Read more for two hands-on video reviews and additional information.