BMW is Ready for Cruising Season

BMW R18 Cruiser: the new 1.8-liter boxer twin looks enormous, both externally and internally
BMW R18 Cruiser: the new 1.8-liter boxer twin looks enormous, both externally and internally
BMW Motorrad
The biggest boxer engine to ever grace a BMW series production motorcycle is destined to take the fight straight to Harley-Davidson and Indian.

Less than a year after blasting onto the stage at the Concorso d’ Eleganza Villa d’ Este in Italy, what began as the Concept R18 has evolved to become a fully-fledged production model. Meet BMW’s big, burly, bare-knuckled Cruiser. read more

The New Marshall Uxbridge Voice

The compact but powerful Uxbridge Voice launches with Alexa inside, but versions featuring Tencent Xiaowei and Google Assistant are also being released
The compact but powerful Uxbridge Voice launches with Alexa inside, but versions featuring Tencent Xiaowei and Google Assistant are also being released
Marshall Headphones

Sweden’s Zound Industries, the company that manufactures headphones and speakers under license from Marshall Amps, has announced the release of a new Bluetooth speaker called the Uxbridge Voice, which has Alexa built in and supports AirPlay 2. read more

A New Polaroid Camera?

Instant photography gets another reboot with the Polaroid Now
Instant photography gets another reboot with the Polaroid Now
Polaroid

In an age where instant photography means whipping out a smartphone and immediately sharing the digital image with friends online, a boxy camera that produces self-developing prints seems like a huge backward step. But that’s exactly what instant film cameras provide, and a revamped Polaroid has announced a new model called the Now. read more

Intel’s “Neuromorphic” Computing System

An array of Intel Loihi neuromorphic research chips.
An array of Intel Loihi neuromorphic research chips.
Tim Herman/Intel Corporation

As impressive as computers are becoming, they still pale in comparison to nature’s version – the brain. As such scientists have started designing computer chips that work in a similar way to the brain, using artificial neurons and synapses. Now Intel has unveiled its most powerful “neuromorphic” computing system to date. Named Pohoiki Springs, this system packs in 100 million neurons, putting it on par with the brain of a small mammal.

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Gerber’s Armbar Half the Size of a Multitool

Gerber's Armbar Drive, in orange
Gerber’s Armbar Drive, in orange
Gerber

Designed to balance versatility and excellent portability, Gerber’s new Armbar Drive is claimed to offer the kind of utility you could expect of a full-sized multitool, while still easily sliding in and out of one’s pocket. read more

Latest Self Driving System

Waymo has already built its first Waymo Driver systems into its electric Jaguar I-PACEs
Waymo has already built its first Waymo Driver systems into its electric Jaguar I-PACEs
Waymo

With an eye toward the future of self-driving cars with next-level safety and reliability, Waymo has introduced its fifth-generation system for autonomous vehicles. Called Waymo Driver, the system promises a more comprehensive understanding of the vehicle’s surroundings and a number of impressive new capabilities, including an ability to spot debris and stop signs hundreds of meters up the road. read more

Retro Electric Bike

The 2020 Cafe commuter color schemes are named after northern California scenery
The 2020 Cafe commuter color schemes are named after northern California scenery
Vintage Electric

If you’re on the hunt for a pedal-assist e-bike with retro-cool charm, you’ll likely already have stumbled across Vintage Electric. The new 2020 Cafe model brings some new tech to the party, including something called the 2020 Vintorque Drivetrain. read more

New Playstation

The PlayStation 5 logo is the only official glimpse we've had of the upcoming console so far
The PlayStation 5 logo is the only official glimpse we’ve had of the upcoming console so far
Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony’s next-generation gaming console, the PlayStation 5, is set to launch later this year, but we still haven’t had a full reveal. Here, New Atlas rounds up everything we know and don’t know about the PS5’s hardware, games, controllers, features and services. read more

Weapon Wednesday – The 768 Barrett MRAD

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Barrett via Military Times
  • The U.S. Army and Marines have placed an order for 768 Barrett MRAD rifles.
  • The MRAD is a multi-caliber sniper weapon capable of serving in a wider variety of environments than previous weapons.
  • One of the most useful features of the new rifle is the ability to change barrels with a single tool. read more

Next Gen Batteries Overcome Many Issues

Lithium-polymer batteries have tendencies to overheat, short circuit and explode. The next generation of batteries hope to bypass these issues while dramatically increasing storage capacity and charging rates
Lithium-polymer batteries have tendencies to overheat, short circuit and explode. The next generation of batteries hope to bypass these issues while dramatically increasing storage capacity and charging rates
Mpt-matthew/Wikimedia Commons

If it seems like there’s a new battery technology in the news every week or so lately, that’s because a ton of research money that’s been spent over the past five or ten years is starting to bear fruit. A huge part of our future is electric; that much is clear, and there’s room for a bunch of different technologies to move things forward from the status quo, each with its own strengths. read more