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Electric Skateboard – Motors in the Wheels

Each JayKay e-truck wheel has its own motor, the batteries are integrated into the axle and...
Each JayKay e-truck wheel has its own motor, the batteries are integrated into the axle and the electronics enclosed within the housing(Credit: JayKay)

Adding electric motion to your board can result in some under-deck chunkiness or somewhat bulky trucks spoiling the aesthetic. Germany’s JayKay says it’s managed to cram all of the electronics, electric motors and even the battery into a longboard truck that looks pretty much the same size as a non-electric flavor.

Currently at the working prototype stage, Daniel Jäger, Benedict Kuhlmann and Isabell Armbruster are aiming to take their electric longboard trucks, or e-trucks for short, to Kickstarter in May to help fund production. The e-trucks will come in synchronized pairs and have been designed to be mounted to most off-the-shelf longboard decks, and are reported good for boards with or without cut-outs. The JayKay team plans to make ready to ride and install yourself kit options available.

Either way, JayKay says that riders can expect to zoom along at up to 30 km/h (18.6 mph) for a range of 12 km (7.5 mi). If the integrated four cells per axle batteries do run out of juice, riders can freewheel their way home, stick it on quick charge for an hour, or battery-save charge for 3 hours, and then jump on and zip off again. Regen braking could also help eke out a few more miles of motor-driven board action before needing to recharge via USB-C, though there’s also an induction coil in the baseplate for Qi wireless charging.

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Foldable Kayak

The HYPAR has a look that's all its own
The HYPAR has a look that’s all its own(Credit: HYPAR)

If an upcoming Indiegogo campaign goes as planned, there will soon be yet another folding boat on the market. Already we’ve got the Oru folding kayak, along with the Onak and MyCanoe folding canoes. The makers of the HYPAR kayak are hoping for similar success, with a boat that sports a unique design. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Mortar Tech

We need ammo!!

Comin’ right up!

 U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham

The U.S. Army is researching a new way to resupply troops: by bombing them with mortars. The service was recently granted a patent for a method that uses hollow artillery shells, GPS, and parasails to deliver goods to soldiers pinned down on the battlefield.

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A Look at Hyperloop

The full-scale test track in the Nevada desert
The full-scale test track in the Nevada desert

With a few different players now in the game, the race is on to win over governments and get the once seemingly far-fetched Hyperloop up and running. For LA-based startup Hyperloop One, that means rolling into Dubai with photos of its full-scale test track and a few renderings of what the first Middle Eastern Hyperloop terminals might look like. read more

Portable Hotel Suite

While the idea of camping may appeal to some, the reality of pitching a tent, cooking over a tiny stove and having no washing facilities can make it less attractive.

A Spanish design company has come up with an innovative solution for people who enjoy being a part of nature while staying in total comfort.

Drop box is a portable hotel suite that can be installed in natural locations offering a cosy, micro bolthole away from the elements wherever you pitch up.

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60 MPH Electric Bike

Odyssey Trikes have updated their Mark 5 Super so that it now achieves a claimed 300...Odyssey Trikes have updated their Mark 5 Super so that it now achieves a claimed 300 miles (480 km) on a single charge while also boasting a top speed of 60 mph (96 km/h)(Credit: Odyssey Trikes)

They may look ungainly, but the aerodynamic advantages of recumbent bikes and trikes give them an edge – especially if you throw a 4 kW wheel hub motor into the mix.

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Weapon Wednesday – First New Grenade in Forty Years

The ET-MP is the first lethal hand grenade developed for the US Army in 40 years
The ET-MP is the first lethal hand grenade developed for the US Army in 40 years(Credit:US Army)

The US military is getting its first new hand grenade in 40 years as engineers at the US Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, work on a safer multi-purpose design. Called the Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) hand grenade, it will allow soldiers to choose between concussive or fragmentation blasts with the flip of a lever. read more

DIY Self-Driving Car

A self-driving Tesla comes with a hefty price tag, but a college student has given his Honda Civic similar abilities for a fraction of the cost.

Brevan Jorgenson has unveiled a device that replaces the rear-view mirror, which controls the brakes, accelerator and steering – and it only cost $700 to build.

The DIY device uses the hardware design and software shared online by Comma.ai last year, which had originally planned to upgrade cars with the technology.

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Brevan Jorgenson, a senior at the University of Nebraska, has unveiled a device that replaces the rear-view mirror that controls the brakes, accelerator and steering – and it only cost him $700 to build

Brevan Jorgenson, a senior at the University of Nebraska, has unveiled a device that replaces the rear-view mirror that controls the brakes, accelerator and steering – and it only cost him $700 to build

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Take 3D Photos with New iPhone 8

The camera in the iPhone 7 Plus was deemed the ‘future of photography’ – but the technology set for the 10th-anniversary is said to be ‘revolutionary’.

An analyst has revealed that Apple is planning on implementing a front-facing camera with an infrared module that senses 3D space in the iPhone 8 handset.

This system could be used for a range of applications including, snapping a selfie that would be added to an augmented world, facial recognition or iris scanning.

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 The camera in the iPhone 7 Plus was deemed the ‘future of photography’ – but the technology set for the 10th-anniversary is said to be ‘revolutionary’ (pictured is an artist impression of the iPhone 8 smartphone)

LATEST RUMOR 

The latest rumor regarding Apple’s iPhone suggests it will have a front-facing camera and infrared module that senses 3D space. 

The sensors in the phone are said to detect the location and depth of objects around it. 

The complete 3D system would send invisible IR light signals out from the phone and then wait for them to hit objects and return using the 1.4 megapixel IR receiver. 

The camera would be used for a range of applications including, placing the user’s face on a character in a game, facial recognition, iris scanning and overall improved selfies.

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