Auto enthusiast Jeff Bloch, also known as “SpeedyCop,” spent 3,000-hours transforming a real Vietnam attack helicopter into the “SpeedyCopter”. The project began in the summer of 2016, when Jeff and his crew spent about six months at his home in Southern Maryland, USA, completely revamping a 1969 Bell OH-58 Kiowa Vietnam attack aircraft he managed to purchase for $3,100 in an online auction, to sit on a 1986 Toyota van chassis. “It’s not just street legal and race ready, it’s also fully amphibious. The 86 Toyota van that provided the chassis actually just gave us the front suspension,” said Jeff. Read more for another video of it in-action and additional information.
At first glance, the Pyro Pen looks and even functions like a real Sharpie permanent marker, but at the push of a button, it becomes a flame-throwing machine. Is it safe? The company claims that the secret is that the barrels are filled with ‘flash’ paper, or a specially-treated tissue paper that burns extremely quickly and is gone in the blink of an eye. There’s also an LED inside to notify you when the device is armed and ready to fire – blue light shows when it’s on, so if it is, you’re able to keep the fireball end away from your face and body. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The ultra limited Bugatti Divo draws inspiration from the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic as well as the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept, and it’s not just a looker. It’s powered by a quad-turbocharged 8.0L W16 engine producing 1,479-horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.4-seconds. How would such a vehicle perform on a rally circuit? Well, if the automaker ever did make an off-road version, it might look something like the creation that you see above. Read more for additional unlikely rally cars.
Arm-A-Dine, developed by researchers at RMIT University’s Exertion Games Lab, is a prototype chest-mounted robotic feeding arm of sorts that is designed to augment the social experience of eating. This contraption not only grabs food from the table, but also decides on who to feed it to, thanks to a facial recognition app running on an attached smartphone. That’s right, it scans your partner’s expression and only feeds them if they’re smiling, while a neutral expression causes the arm to hover ambiguously in the middle. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Japan-based REAL-f Co. specializes in creating ultra-realistic face masks, and they don’t come cheap, with prices starting at roughly $2,650, but for good reason. These resin and plastic creations by company founder Osamu Kitagawa are the result of two years of development, translating facial data from high-quality photographs to 3D masks, right down to blood vessels in the eyes and fine skin wrinkles. REAL-f Co. receives about 100 orders a year, with some being used to train car software to learn about humans. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
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Towing company owner Steve Francis has spent years customizing just about everything on his 1989 Isuzu LS SpaceCab truck and transforming it into near unrecognizable “Trucktopus”. Modifications include: lowering the body by 3.5-inches, adding six 20-inch wheels, swapping in a V8 engine, and even installing suicide doors. “When you get that feeling of winning a ‘best of show’, a ‘best overall’, that is such an incredible feeling and adrenaline rush. I always like to be different and I don’t like to leave anything stock. It’s taken me about 20 years to customise the truck to the state it’s in now, so the man-hours on this vehicle are totally epic,” he told BarCroft Cars. Read more for a selection of interesting images from around the web.
Japan-based Nendo has unveiled Denqul, a power bank unlike any others on the market today, as it enables users to charge the device by simply using kinetic energy. In other words, a swivel hinge and internal dynamo are used to generate power by simply twirling it for a few minutes. It’s capable of charging devices with a conventional cable or a special table-top cup set for wireless charging. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
When it comes to snow vehicles, you have plenty of options, but if you demand a monster truck-inspired 4×4, then look no further than the TechnoImpulse Rocket Z. It can safely transport up to 9 people across not only snowy terrain, but just about any obstacle thrown at it, powered by a 100-hp turbodiesel engine. Other features include: “Hella” optics, power-steering boosters, “ComeUp” front winches, a spotlight finder “Hella” Xenon roof lighting, cross wheel limited slip differentials, and a tow bar. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
This perfectly rectangular-shaped iceberg was spotted on October 16 by NASA’s IceBridge program, which flies planes over the poles to capture photos, near the Larsen-C ice shelf. “It’s not uncommon to see that in Antarctica – although that [the tabular iceberg spotted by NASA] is a fresh and sharp looking one,” said Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Matthew Riese from San Francisco spent his life savings making his dream of building a functional DeLorean hovercraft a reality. How so? The ‘car’ boasts a fibreglass shell that has been painted and sprayed to take on the classic DeLorean exterior, complete with gull-wing doors, and placed on an inflating base with an engine. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.