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New Jetpack Debuts

David Mayman flies the JB-9 jetpack

David Mayman flies the JB-9 jetpack (Credit: Jetpack Aviation)

The dream of personal flight took a great leap forward last week as Jetpack Aviation unveiled its JB-9 jetpack in spectacular fashion. Lifting off from a boat, inventor and aviator David Mayman flew the powerful, agile JB-9 around the Statue of Liberty, pausing to salute and pirouette before touching back down. Running on kerosene and using two vectored jet engines, the JB-9 can reach high speeds and altitudes and offers a flight time over 10 minutes, depending on pilot weight. We spoke at length with Mayman to discover how the JB-9 works and how long it’ll be before we can buy one. read more

Ultrapower Laser Mimics Temperature of the Sun

Researchers have unveiled a radical new ‘ultrapower’ laser that can heat materials to temperatures hotter than the center of the Sun in only 20 quadrillionths of a second.

The technique, developed by theoretical physicists from Imperial College London, could heat certain materials to ten million degrees in much less than a million millionth of a second.

They say it could lead to a breakthrough in thermonuclear fusion energy, where scientists seek to replicate the Sun’s ability to produce clean energy.

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The technique, developed by theoretical physicists from Imperial College London, could heat certain materials to ten million degrees in much less than a million millionth of a second.
The technique, developed by theoretical physicists from Imperial College London, could heat certain materials to ten million degrees in much less than a million millionth of a second.

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Snogo Ski Bike

Snogo on the snow

Snogo on the snow (Credit: Snogo)

Over the years, numerous tinkerers and companies have tried to transfer the fun of bicycling to the snow. While the fatbike has gained some recent traction, literally and figuratively, other designers still feel that replacing tires with skis is the only way to go. We’ve seen this trend in BikeBoards, the Skki and now the Snogo. The new ski bike uses an articulated steering system and front suspension to connect the rider to the powder or hard pack below. read more

Cellular Street Lights

A total of 100 SmartPoles will be rolled out in LA

A total of 100 SmartPoles will be rolled out in LA (Credit: Philips)

The street lighting in Los Angeles is about to get smarter. LA is to become the first city in the world to deploy Philips’ SmartPole street lights, which are equipped with fully-integrated 4G LTE wireless telecommunications technology. A total of 100 SmartPoles will be rolled out. read more

Google’s Loon Balloons

Google will begin testing Project Loon in Indonesia next year

Google will begin testing Project Loon in Indonesia next year

 

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Sri Lanka would become the first country in the world to receive universal Internet access via Google’s high altitude balloons. Now, the firm has announced that Indonesia will be the next country in which Project Loon will take flight. read more

What is a Gauswheel?

The Gauswheel Spirit certainly won't be mistaken for anything else

The Gauswheel Spirit certainly won’t be mistaken for anything else (Credit: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag.com)

 

At first glance, it’s certainly possible to think that the Hungarian-made Gauswheel Spirit is sort of a low-rider unicycle, or that it has a motor. In fact, though, it’s an inline two-wheeler that’s entirely human-powered. It’s also a unique alternative to a skateboard, scooter or roller blades (or perhaps a combination of all three), that’ll definitely get you noticed. We recently had a chance to try it out for ourselves. read more

The Skateboard Stroller

The Longboardstroller is a baby stroller bolted to a skateboard, allowing you and your child to ...

The Longboardstroller is a baby stroller bolted to a skateboard, allowing you and your child to share in the fun (Credit: Quinny)

 

When you have kids, everything changes. Going for a short walk in the sunshine becomes an epic adventure, and doing anything as exciting as skateboarding is pretty much off the agenda. If only there was a way of combining skateboarding, getting outside in the sunshine for a while, and spending some quality time with your child. It turns out there is, and it’s called the Longboardstroller. read more

Future Transportation

A rendering of the Next Future Transportation system in action

A rendering of the Next Future Transportation system in action (Credit: Next Future)

Part mass transit, part personal mobility, the Next Future Transportation system is designed to act as an efficient, coordinated network that shuttles folks from door to door. Still in the early concept stages, the design features a series of modular, self-driving electric pods that pick passengers up on demand and link together in bus-like form on the journey to get each of them from point A to B as efficiently as possible. read more

AWD Anywhere Scooter

With its two oversized drive wheels, the eGroov manages all types of terrain, including sandWith its two oversized drive wheels, the eGroov manages all types of terrain, including sand

If you wanted an automobile to drive over sand, dirt and rock, as well as pavement, you’d probably start and end your search at models with 4WD. So why shouldn’t the same apply to your scooter selection? The eGroov scooter uses an all-wheel electric drive to keep you rolling forward and a modular hardware set to keep you comfortable. read more