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Weapon Wednesday – Air Force ROBOpilot

A cockpit view of ROBOpilot attached to seat rails with no permanent modifications to the aircraft
A cockpit view of ROBOpilot attached to seat rails with no permanent modifications to the aircraft(Credit: US Air Force)

A new US Air Force kit that can turn a conventional aircraft into a robotic one has completed its maiden flight. Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies Incorporated as part of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program, the ROBOpilot made its first two-hour flight on August 9 at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah after being installed in a 1968 Cessna 206 small aircraft. read more

Vapor X Smartwatch

The new Misfit Vapor X combines Wear OS with the latest wearable components
The new Misfit Vapor X combines Wear OS with the latest wearable components(Credit: Misfit)

Just a few days after updating its flagship line of Wear OS smartwatches, Fossil has unveiled a new wearable from its more affordable Misfit line as well: the Vapor X. Its key selling points, besides that less expensive price, are improved battery life and a lightweight, stylish design. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Robot Patrol Boat

BAE Systems has completed another series of tests on its Pacific 950 autonomous patrol boat
BAE Systems has completed another series of tests on its Pacific 950 autonomous patrol boat(Credit: BAE Systems)

Targeted at anti-piracy, border control, intelligence gathering and maritime security missions, the Pacific 950 is an autonomous boat that can operate alone for up to 10 days, or cover 300 nautical miles (556 km) at pursuit speed. Its built-in stabilized 12.7-mm weapons system, however, is human-operated. read more

Apollo 50th Anniversary Watch

The Saturn V (left) and I.S.S. (right) models at night, demonstrating the luminous hands and star...
The Saturn V (left) and I.S.S. (right) models at night, demonstrating the luminous hands and star map dial, and the perpetually glowing, tritium gas-filled glass tubes (automatic version only) at the ends of the hour and minute hands(Credit: Xeric)

There’s a galaxy of products commemorating Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, from coins to cushions, tumblers to tote-bags. But for those who really want to wear their astro-hearts on their sleeve (or wrist), the Trappist-1 NASA edition might just send them over the moon. read more

Capsule Collects Gut Bacteria

The capsule has so far been successfully tested on pigs and non-human primates, but not on...
The capsule has so far been successfully tested on pigs and non-human primates, but not on people(Credit: Tufts University)

The over-abundance or lack of certain types of gut bacteria has been linked to everything from depression to heart disease to childhood asthma. Non-invasively determining which microbes make up a person’s “gut microbiome,” however, can be difficult – which is why a new 3D-printed capsule was developed. read more

Weapon Wednesday – U.S. Marine Drone Killer

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dalton S. Swanbeck

The U.S. Marine Corps used a new portable jammer system last week to jam an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle, forcing it to pitch into the sea. The new Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System (LMADIS) jams the signal between drones and their operators, leaving them at the mercy of physics, and inevitably, gravity. read more

Pocket-Sized Translator Really Works

The Langogo Genesis is one of a new generation of hand-held verbal translation devices aiming to...
The Langogo Genesis is one of a new generation of hand-held verbal translation devices aiming to break down language barriers(Credit: Loz Blain/New Atlas)

The Langogo Genesis is a hand-held pocket translator, smaller than a smartphone, that uses noise-cancelling microphones to translate between more than 100 languages, while offering you a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot while you’re traveling. We’ve been using one for the last few weeks. read more

Portable, Cordless Air-Compressor

At 208 mm (8.2 in) long and 40 mm (1.6 in) in diameter, the Norshire Mini...
At 208 mm (8.2 in) long and 40 mm (1.6 in) in diameter, the Norshire Mini is claimed to be the world’s smallest portable tire inflator/air compressor(Credit: Norshire)

Portable, cordless air-compressors aren’t exactly new, but they’re often bulky, limited in scope and ugly. In response to these issues, a team of engineers and product designers from Hong Kong has come up with the Norshire Mini, a compact, minimalist, multi-function pump/compressor for the iPhone generation. read more

Sony’s New Sound-Cancelling Ear-Buds

Sony has squeezed the latest QN1e noise canceling processor into its WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones for...
Sony has squeezed the latest QN1e noise canceling processor into its WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones for blocking ambient sounds across almost all frequencies(Credit: Sony)

Since the first true wireless earphones launched in 2014, many more have appeared in the marketplace – including models by big players like Appleand recent additions from Phiaton and Cambridge Audio. But most only offer passive isolation from the world around you. Sony’s upcoming WF-1000XM3 earphones rock the company’s excellent active noise cancellation tech so that you can focus on the music. read more