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Mini Solar Oven Capable of Boiling Water

The latest portable solar oven is the cheapest to date going for $99 on Kickstarter
The latest portable solar oven is the cheapest to date going for $99 on Kickstarter(Credit: GoSun)

Back in 2013 GoSun unveiled its first solar oven. Using parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight, this portable convection oven is designed to cook a variety of foods without the need for a traditional heat source. Now, after several different iterations, the company is launching its cheapest and most portable version, the GoSun Go. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Raytheon Drone Killing Energy Weapon

 The vehicle-mounted laser combines a solid state laser with an advanced variant of the company’s Multi-Spectral...
The vehicle-mounted laser combines a solid state laser with an advanced variant of the company’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System,  installed on a small, all-terrain Polaris militarized vehicle(Credit: Raytheon)

An energy weapon system built by Raytheon has clocked up an impressive score by taking out 45 drones during a recent US Army exercise. Part of this year’s Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) at the Army’s Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the test involved a directed energy weapon that combines Raytheon’s high-power microwave beam and High Energy Laser (HEL) systems. read more

Robot Spider and Bat

 The Festo BionicWheelBot, in walking mode
The Festo BionicWheelBot, in walking mode(Credit: Festo)

Festo, the German electrical automation company that previously brought us a robotic dragonfly, kangaroo and penguin, is back with a couple of new creations – a spider that can roll like a wheel, and a bat that flies by autopilot.

Reminiscent of the Star Wars battle droids, the BionicWheelBot robotic spider was actually inspired by the flic-flac spider (cebrennus rechenbergi). In its native Sahara Desert habitat, that spider walks normally on uneven ground, but rolls/somersaults across smooth terrain – doing so is twice as fast as walking. read more

Seabreacher Personal Speed Boat

Incredible footage has revealed the breathtaking stunts possible in the Seabreacher, a personal torpedo speed boat made out of old fighter jet parts.

The vehicles – which come styled as sharks, killer whales or dolphins – can leap waves in a single bound and carry two passengers underwater.

Prices for the watercraft, which are a combination of jet-ski, racing boat and submarine, vary from around $80,000 (£56,000) to top-of-the-range models costing upwards of $100,000 (£71,000).

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Incredible footage has revealed the breathtaking stunts possible in the Seabreacher, a personal torpedo made out of old fighter jet parts (pictured)

The Perfect Camping Spork

The Morsel Spork: 18 months of hardcore engineering and testing distilled into a single camping utensil
The Morsel Spork: 18 months of hardcore engineering and testing distilled into a single camping utensil(Credit: Morsel Spork)

If you’re going to spend a whole 18 months re-designing the camping spork, you might as well make the world’s most badass single outdoor eating/cooking contraption. And that, in the estimation of its creators, is what we’re looking at here with the Morsel Spork. read more

World’s Largest Jet Engine

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Incredible footage has revealed the moment that the world’s biggest jet engine took to the skies for the first time, ahead of its planned maiden commercial flight in 2020.

The huge GE9X powerplant, which is as wide and tall as the fuselage of a Boeing 737, is being built for the latest version of the firm’s long-haul 777, the 777X ‘megaplane’.

General Electric has now begun flight trials of the prototype, after delays caused by technical problems stopped tests originally planned for late last year.

Ground Based Delivery Drones

Plans call for Eliport robots to travel on sidewalks, amongst pedestrians
Plans call for Eliport robots to travel on sidewalks, amongst pedestrians(Credit: Eliport)

When you think about all the logistical challenges involved, perhaps the use of aerial drones to deliver goods to peoples’ homes just isn’t feasible. That’s why several groups are now developing ground-based delivery drones. One of the latest, Barcelona-based Eliport, envisions a system in which people don’t even need to be involved. read more

New Full Face Snorkel Mask

To prevent the mask fogging up, the Seaview 180 SV2 has separate chambers for breathing and...
To prevent the mask fogging up, the Seaview 180 SV2 has separate chambers for breathing and the lens area(Credit: Wildhorn Outfitters)

If snorkeling is a window into a watery world, it’s not much good if that window is too small or fogs up all the time. read more

Maybach’s Projection Headlights

Mercedes-Maybach's Digital Light can paint all sorts of useful symbols on the road in bright, high-resolution...
Mercedes-Maybach’s Digital Light can paint all sorts of useful symbols on the road in bright, high-resolution light from the headlamps(Credit: Daimler)

New S-Class Maybachs will soon get an impressive intelligent headlight upgrade. Digital Light puts a million pixels of resolution into each headlight, and works with the car’s sensors and computers to display a bunch of driver-assist information right there on the road in front of you. read more

Samsung See Through TV

Samsung's new wall-mounted QLED TVs have an Ambient Mode that mimics the pattern behind them, allowing...
Samsung’s new wall-mounted QLED TVs have an Ambient Mode that mimics the pattern behind them, allowing them to blend into the background(Credit: Samsung)

Samsung has whipped the covers off its lineup of 2018 TVs, just a day after LG did the same. Along with some OLED devices, the flagships of the range are built with Quantum dot light-emitting diode (QLED) display technology, and the entire line varies in size from a modest 40 in up to a monstrous 88 in. Since they can take up so much living room real estate, Samsung has also packed in a few new features to let the TVs earn their keep even while not in use. read more