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2019 Will Bring Jetpack Races

The proposed jetpack race series will be open to all turbine VTOL personal flight machines that...
The proposed jetpack race series will be open to all turbine VTOL personal flight machines that can prove their safety(Credit: Jetpack Aviation)

The team at Jetpack Aviation (JPA) has just completed test flights in which two pilots flew close enough together to playfully boop each other on the nose. Next step: the world’s first jetpack race series, starting in 2019, and yes, the jetboards and jet suits of the world are invited to participate! read more

New Robot Hand can Play the Piano

The robot hand can play simple musical phrases by rocking and rolling the wrist
The robot hand can play simple musical phrases by rocking and rolling the wrist(Credit: Josie Hughes/University of Camridge)

Mimicking the complex movement of a human hand is not an easy task for roboticists. As well as multiple bones and joints, there are tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves and more to try and match. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have looked at simplifying the design and cutting back on the programming required to control a robotic hand, and developed a piano-playing soft skeleton bot that rocks the keyboard. read more

Concept Cars of 2018

Mercedes debuted the radical Vision EQ Silver Arrow at Monterey Car Week 2018
Mercedes debuted the radical Vision EQ Silver Arrow at Monterey Car Week 2018(Credit:Daimler)

Automotive technology continues advancing forward at blinding speed. Electric vehicles are inching toward their big tipping point; self-driving technologies are growing and improving; and even the good, old internal combustion engine is learning new tricks. Pretty soon we’ll all be zipping around in the swarm of self-driving, self-charging electric taxi pods. Before we do, we’ll continue getting a taste of that future through the high-powered lens of concept cars. This year’s most memorable concepts included retro-styled electrics, next-gen hypercars and one very uncommon type of off-road hybrid. read more

Magic Leap Mixed-Reality Glasses

The nReal Light mixed reality glasses connect to a phone or laptop
The nReal Light mixed reality glasses connect to a phone or laptop(Credit: nReal Light)

The mixed reality specs scene is certainly getting interesting. Magic Leap released its developer edition glasses earlier this year, there are strong rumors that Apple is planning a launch in the next couple of years, and now we have the nReal Light glasses to look forward to in 2019. read more

300 MPH Electric Hypercar

Alieno Arcanum: the biggest and mostest of everything imaginable
Alieno Arcanum: the biggest and mostest of everything imaginable(Credit: Alieno)

Ever since electric cars came back onto the menu in the Lithium age, something like this has been coming. Something flatly outrageous, something that smashes the paradigm of the hypercar and lays waste to all before it. Meet the 5,221-horsepower, 303-mph, all-electric Alieno Arcanum.

Born of a Bulgarian company nobody’s ever heard of before, the Arcanum lays down the longest, brashest and most ridiculous set of promises I have ever seen in a press release. And boy, have I seen some press releases, folks. read more

New Ember Camp Stove

Ember is designed to work with solid fuel rather than gas
Ember is designed to work with solid fuel rather than gas

There’s a lot of high-tech gear you could haul into the outdoors these days, but there’s also plenty to be said for solutions that take a simpler approach. The Singapore-based designers behind the Ember Stove aren’t ones to complicate things, taking to Kickstarter with a compact two-piece cooking solution designed to fit in your pocket and fire up with just a handful of twigs. read more

Cool Gadgets for Christmas

We’ve put together a list of 25 of the coolest, most innovative, and most awesome gift ideas under $60 for holiday shoppers. 🎄🎁🎅🏽

Odds are you haven’t heard of many of these products. With new products popping up almost on a daily basis it’s hard to know what’s the “in” thing this holiday season. No need to worry, we’re going to help make this year’s holiday shopping simple.

These are the internet’s biggest “Movers and Shakers” trending among shoppers. From what we gathered, it seems like many this year’s shoppers care most about personal security, car accessories, and keeping their phones charged. read more

Luxury Camping with Geodesic Domes

Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes
Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes(Credit: Max Valsan)

Dômes Charlevoix located in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Quebec, Canada features a series of gorgeous eco-luxury geodesic domes designed by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects. The luxury dome accommodation is a new concept for the Four Seasons chain and promises a one-of-a-kind glamping experience all year round. read more

New Blu3 Nemo Portable Dive System

Blu3's Nemo allows you to venture 10 feet (3 m) below the waves
Blu3’s Nemo allows you to venture 10 feet (3 m) below the waves(Credit: Blu3)

Florida-based company Blu3 has come up with what it claims is the smallest, lightest and cheapest personal dive system available. Called Nemo, it consists of a battery-powered, surface-supplied air (SSA) system that lets users dive to 10 ft (3 m) below the surface for about 60 minutes – no bulky tanks or lengthy SCUBA training required.

Eight years ago, we wrote about the VS335 Third Lung diving system from a company called Brownie’s. The VS335 could support three divers for about an hour, or one for three hours, and it cost US$4,145. Now, through sister company Blu3, a super-compact single-diver version is available for less than a tenth of that price. read more

SEMA Shows Big and Bold Trucks

Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018
Trucks and 4x4s of SEMA 2018

Each year, the SEMA Show creates a nice, clean split of insane, otherworldly vehicles. We looked at the 2018 cars of the show last week, and this week we dive into the trucks, utility vehicles, vans and basically anything that looks big, boxy and tough. That group includes the usual mile-high semi-monster trucks and gaudy Wranglers along with some different twists, like Iceland-ready adventure vans, UTV/pickup truck half-and-halfs, and super-sized classic military jeeps. read more