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Remote Control Drone Buoy

Noras U-Safe: light enough to carry and throw around
Noras U-Safe: light enough to carry and throw around(Credit: Noras Performance)

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Here’s a nifty lifesaving idea from Noras Performance out of Portugal. U-Safe is a lifesaving buoy that can drive itself around in the water by remote control, meaning it can reach a victim quickly, and transport them to safety if need be.

The U-shaped U-safe is a battery powered device you can use in place of any lifesaving “donut.” When it’s thrown in the water, it propels itself using a pair of electric turbines that take in water and fire it out the back. read more

LG Foldable Phone

If device maker LG has any say, foldable phones may soon no longer be a concept of the future.

LG has applied for a patent for an unnamed device, which appears to show what the Korean company’s foldable phone could look like.

The patent was filed in July 2017, but the filing has just now been made public.

It comes as rival phone makers Apple, Samsung and ZTE have all submitted patents for a foldable smartphone.

If device maker LG has any say, soon foldable phones may no longer be a thing of the future. LG has applied for a patent for an unnamed device, which appears to show what the Korean company's foldable phone could look like

Flying Segway?

The Zapata Ezfly is a jet-powered flying Segway that it seems almost anyone can fly
The Zapata Ezfly is a jet-powered flying Segway that it seems almost anyone can fly(Credit:Zapata)

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The Zapata Ezfly looks for all intents and purposes like a Segway of the sky. You stand on a small platform equipped with a series of jet thrusters, holding two handgrips that come up from the base, then rise up into the air and zoom around, steering with your bodyweight. read more

ARCA Space’s Linear Aerospike Engine 

The linear spike engine will eventually power the Haas 2CA SSTO rocket
The linear spike engine will eventually power the Haas 2CA SSTO rocket(Credit: ARCA)

ARCA Space Corporation has announced its linear aerospike engine is ready to start ground tests as the company moves towards installing the engine in its Demonstrator 3 rocket. Designed to power the world’s first operational Single-Stage-To-Orbit (SSTO) satellite launcher, the engine took only 60 days to complete from when fabrication began. read more

Have We Thought Through the Idea of the Driverless Car

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The driverless autonomous car has, it seems, finally come of age, with General Motors’ announcement of the release of the new GM Cruise AV (autonomous vehicle). At least this is what GM is banking on.

The Cruise has no gas pedal, no steering wheel, no brake or clutch pedal, no turn signals.

A report, by the New York Times, indicates that last Friday, January 12, “G.M. said it had submitted a petition to the United States Department of Transportation seeking permission to begin operating fully autonomous cars — without steering wheels or pedals — in a commercial ride-hailing service next year,” similar to Uber and Lyft.

There have been “driverless” cars before the GM, but most were not truly driverless, owing to the fact they still retained a steering wheel and various pedals.

The GM Cruise AV is the first truly driverless, fully autonomous mass production car. There is literally no way for a human to drive it. read more

Does Apple Need to Curb Your Child’s Smartphone Use?

from IBD:

No, Apple Is Not Responsible For Your Kids’ Smartphone Addiction

Apple is now coming under fire from two big investors for not doing enough to curb childhood addiction to smartphones. What’s next? Government warnings and a class-action lawsuit against Big Smartphone.

In an “open letter” to Apple, Janus Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System — which combined own roughly $2 billion in Apple stock — scolded Apple for failing to “take steps” to curb overuse of smartphones by children.

The letter goes on at great length citing research into the harmful effects of too much smartphone use — from increased risk of depression and suicide risk to sleep and learning problems. read more

Cardboard Delivery Drone

Once the goods have arrived, the drones biodegrade in a matter of days
Once the goods have arrived, the drones biodegrade in a matter of days

In developing regions where lack of road infrastructure is problematic for those in the business of moving goods, drones are already having an impact. But also problematic is the fact that the people sending drones off to do the courier work kinda need them back again. A new cardboard drone being funded by DARPA won’t concern itself with such limitations, with the ability to deliver vital goods and disappear soon after the job is done.
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