Electric Wing Suit

Austria's Peter Salzmann powers through the air in his 300-km/h, twin-impeller electric wingsuit
Austria’s Peter Salzmann powers through the air in his 300-km/h, twin-impeller electric wingsuit
BMW

Wingsuit flying certainly captured folks’ attention when it first hit the mainstream around the turn of the millennium, sparking a wave of GoPro and Red Bull videos. Human flight had never been so personal or so physical as these intrepid maniacs half-fell, half glided through rocky gaps and mountain passes like turbocharged flying squirrels.

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Winter’s Coming – Antelife Temp-Control Gloves

The Antelife G1 gloves are currently on Indiegogo – note the LED display at the bottom of the wrist cuff
The Antelife G1 gloves are currently on Indiegogo – note the LED display at the bottom of the wrist cuff
Ben Coxworth/New Atlas

Although there are now many heated gloves on the market, the Antelife G1 is claimed to be the world’s first to feature precisely adjustable heat. I recently had the chance to try a pair out, and they performed just as advertised. read more

Conda Camera Strap/Tripod All-in-One

The Conda strap is presently on Kickstarter
The Conda strap is presently on Kickstarter
Frii Designs

Tripods are handy (even essential) for taking certain types of photos, but they can be a hassle to tote around. That’s why the Conda strap was invented, as it’s a flexible camera-carrying strap that stiffens to act as a tripod. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Air Force Death Ray Jet Fighters

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YouTube
  • The U.S. Air Force is working with Lockheed Martin to deploy lasers on fighter jets by 2025.
  • The SHiELD program will allow fighter jets to shoot down incoming missiles.
  • Unlike guns, lasers have an almost infinite ammunition supply. read more

Rocket Booster from 1966 May be Returning Home

A model of the Surveyor lander, whose booster may have taken up a temporary orbit around Earth
A model of the Surveyor lander, whose booster may have taken up a temporary orbit around Earth
NASA/JPL-Caltech

A relic of the 1960s Space Race may be paying Earth a brief visit with NASA announcing that a rocket booster from the 1966 Surveyor 2 robotic Moon lander mission is suspected to have returned from deep space and taken up temporary orbit around the Earth. read more

New 3-D Printer Programmable Filament

A 3D-printed cat, made from one filament comprised of four types of PLA (polylactic acid) plastic
A 3D-printed cat, made from one filament comprised of four types of PLA (polylactic acid) plastic
Haruki Takahashi

Ordinarily, when using an off-the-shelf 3D printer, it’s quite difficult to print a single object that incorporates multiple materials. An experimental new system could make it easier, though, by utilizing a “programmable filament.” read more

GM’s eCrate drop-in Electric Engine

Chevy pulls out the V8 and drops in a 200-hp Bolt e-drive
Chevy pulls out the V8 and drops in a 200-hp Bolt e-drive
Chevrolet/General Motors

Ever since it revealed the show-stopping 700-hp eCopo Camaro at SEMA 2018, Chevrolet has been developing out its eCrate “Connect and Cruise” aftermarket electric drive. It’s now preparing for a 2021 launch and follows last year’s E-10 pickup up with another all-electric SEMA classic truck rebuild. The 1977 K5 Blazer-E looks like every other hard-nosed two-door K5 utility vehicle out there, but instead of a V8 grumbling away under its hood it relies upon a 200-hp Bolt EV-derived electric powertrain. read more

Bike Costs as Much as a Car

Alutech boss Jürgen Schlender with the CNC eFanes
Alutech boss Jürgen Schlender with the CNC eFanes
Holger Thalmann

Aluminum bicycle frames are usually made of lengths of tubing, joined together at the ends by welds. The CNC eFanes electric enduro mountain bike is different, though, in that its frame is milled from solid 6061 aluminum … and it costs €15,999.90, or about US$18,630. read more

Quadcoptor with 10 Hour Flight Time?

The modified HYBRiX 2.1 quadcopter is prepared for its flight
The modified HYBRiX 2.1 quadcopter is prepared for its flight
Quaternium

 

With perhaps a few exceptions, battery-electric multicopter drones typically can’t fly for longer than about 30 minutes. Such is not the case, however, with their hybrid counterparts – one of which recently broke its own endurance record.

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Weapon Wednesday – General Atomics/Boeing Laser Weapon

The laser weapon system is designed to be mounted on a variety of platforms
The laser weapon system is designed to be mounted on a variety of platforms
General Atomics

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) and Boeing have entered into a partnership to develop a scalable 100 kW to 250 kW-class High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon system for air and missile defenses. read more