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Underwater Jet Pack

The Cuda underwater jetpack is currently at the prototype stage, but is heading for production in...
The Cuda underwater jetpack is currently at the prototype stage, but is heading for production in early 2019(Credit: 3D Hubs)

The UK’s Archie O’Brien had a dream of zipping below the waters off Iceland or swimming with dolphins off the coast of Bora Bora. He looked at contraptions that would pull him along underwater at speed – something like the AquaJet H2 or Scubalec, for example – but everything already available proved beyond his reach. So he decided to design and build the Cuda underwater jetpack, which will be going into production early next year. read more

Smart Bandage Monitors Chronic Skin Wounds

The prototype smart bandage, with its microprocessor visible at left
The prototype smart bandage, with its microprocessor visible at left(Credit: NanoLab – Sameer Sonkusale, Tufts University)

Chronic skin wounds may be notoriously difficult to treat, but at the same time they shouldn’t be over-treated, subjecting patients to more antibiotics than is necessary. That’s why scientists have developed a “smart” bandage that only dispenses medication as needed. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Is China’s Laser Rifle for Real?

Laser guns allegedly from the Chengdu Hengan Police Equipment Manufacturing Company
Laser guns allegedly from the Chengdu Hengan Police Equipment Manufacturing Company(Credit: South China Morning Post)

China says that it has developed a laser rifle that can “carbonize” human flesh at a range of 800 m (2,625 ft), yet weighs only 3 kg (6.6 lb). In a report in the South China Morning Post, Chinese researchers say that the ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is a fully portable “non-lethal” weapon that can burn hair, skin and signs, and even penetrate and set fire to fuel tanks. read more

A Rideable Scooter that will also Follow You

The CanguRo personal assistant/smart scooter can follow its user around or provide a motor-driven ride
The CanguRo personal assistant/smart scooter can follow its user around or provide a motor-driven ride(Credit: Yusuke Nishibe)

Folks looking for a last mile transport solution have choice-a-plenty nowadays, but the CanguRo offers more than just a comfy ride. The RidRoid robot – a mash up of ride and android – has some useful smarts cooked in, being able to follow its user around between rides, or make its way to a meeting point on its own. read more

Weapon Wednesday – DARPA All Terrain Vehicle

The GXV-T program aims to move away from heavy armored vehicles in a quest for battlefield...
The GXV-T program aims to move away from heavy armored vehicles in a quest for battlefield superiority, using some unique ideas(Credit: DARPA)

Back in 2014, DARPA announced the launch of its Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program, an initiative designed to break through a single paradigm that has been weighing the military down in ground combat. That paradigm is the ever-escalating vendetta between tanks and anti-tank guns. read more

The THOR Monocopter

The THOR prototype can transition from hover to fixed-wing cruise mode by rotating its wings into...
The THOR prototype can transition from hover to fixed-wing cruise mode by rotating its wings into alignment

Conventional multicopter drones are excellent at hovering and VTOL, but they can’t cover long distances as efficiently as fixed-wing aircraft. A team of students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design is trying to get the best of both worlds with the Transformable HOvering Rotorcraft (THOR). read more

Weapon Wednesday – The New V-247 Vigilant Tiltrotor Drone

The V-247 can be armed with a variety of munitions

The V-247 can be armed with a variety of munitions(Credit: Bell Helicopter)

At the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Bell helicopter has unveiled its new V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor drone for the US Marine Corps. Like the company’s V-22 Osprey, the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) can lift off and hover like a helicopter, yet has the range and speed of a fixed-wing aircraft. According to Bell, the Vigilant can carry out combat reconnaissance missions from land bases without runways or from small ships with flight decks. read more

Guy Eats Himself a Stool

Nik Bentel chewed himself a stool. How was your weekend?
Nik Bentel chewed himself a stool. How was your weekend?(Credit: All Purpose Nik)

The slow food movement is all about appreciating the process of cooking, so perhaps we can call this the slow stool movement? This enthusiastic soul yanked down some lumber and gnawed it into shape with his teeth to see if he could build himself a seat without any tools. read more

A Hammock for Inside Your Car

Kicking back in the Car Hammock
Kicking back in the Car Hammock

We’ve seen hammocks on truck hitches, hammocks on car roofs, and even hammocks inside of pickup beds. But what if it’s pouring rain and you still want to hammock? Well, you can either get soaked outside or string your hammock up inside your car with the Car Hammock. Forget the mosquito net and tarp and protect yourself in a climate controlled cocoon of solid sheet metal. read more

Real Life Dick Tracy Watch

The new Dick Tracy watch will keep time and make calls
The new Dick Tracy watch will keep time and make calls

Of all the pieces of pop culture “spy gear” that have been dreamed up over the years, one of the most iconic is the 2-way wristwatch radio used by comic-strip detective Dick Tracy. Well, if a just-launched Indiegogo campaign is successful, you’ll soon be able to get one that actually makes calls. read more