In an age where instant photography means whipping out a smartphone and immediately sharing the digital image with friends online, a boxy camera that produces self-developing prints seems like a huge backward step. But that’s exactly what instant film cameras provide, and a revamped Polaroid has announced a new model called the Now.
As impressive as computers are becoming, they still pale in comparison to nature’s version – the brain. As such scientists have started designing computer chips that work in a similar way to the brain, using artificial neurons and synapses. Now Intel has unveiled its most powerful “neuromorphic” computing system to date. Named Pohoiki Springs, this system packs in 100 million neurons, putting it on par with the brain of a small mammal.
With an eye toward the future of self-driving cars with next-level safety and reliability, Waymo has introduced its fifth-generation system for autonomous vehicles. Called Waymo Driver, the system promises a more comprehensive understanding of the vehicle’s surroundings and a number of impressive new capabilities, including an ability to spot debris and stop signs hundreds of meters up the road.
If you’re on the hunt for a pedal-assist e-bike with retro-cool charm, you’ll likely already have stumbled across Vintage Electric. The new 2020 Cafe model brings some new tech to the party, including something called the 2020 Vintorque Drivetrain.
- The U.S. Army and Marines have placed an order for 768 Barrett MRAD rifles.
- The MRAD is a multi-caliber sniper weapon capable of serving in a wider variety of environments than previous weapons.
- One of the most useful features of the new rifle is the ability to change barrels with a single tool.
If it seems like there’s a new battery technology in the news every week or so lately, that’s because a ton of research money that’s been spent over the past five or ten years is starting to bear fruit. A huge part of our future is electric; that much is clear, and there’s room for a bunch of different technologies to move things forward from the status quo, each with its own strengths.
- West Point pre-med students are doing research that could lead to the 3D printing of “bio bandages” and small body parts.
- So-called “bio printers” could print things such as bone cartilage and blood vessels the same way regular 3D printers print solid objects.
- The research is still in the early phases but could have applications for soldiers wounded in battle.