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For Jaguar – F-Type Means Future

The narrow body of the Future-Type is designed for compact urban roads of the future
The narrow body of the Future-Type is designed for compact urban roads of the future

A very different kind of Jaguar “F” Type, the all-new Future-Type concept leaps ahead a few decades, exploring what personal luxury transportation might look like in and beyond 2040. The new concept molds a sleek, self-guiding electric pod around the intelligent Sayer steering wheel previewed earlier this week. In Jaguar’s greater vision, artificial intelligence coordinates your everyday transportation needs and takes care of many other daily tasks at the sound of your voice. read more

Self-Sufficient Rotating Motorhome

The sCarabane concept offers a look at an innovative, self-sufficient caravan
The sCarabane concept offers a look at an innovative, self-sufficient caravan

While shows like the Australian 4×4 Expo and Overland Expo highlight  tough, no-nonsense trailers and motorhomes ready to get dirty right now, the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon dedicates some space to futuristic campers and technologies. And this year, the Volkswagen California XXL isn’t the only such concept camper wowing the crowds. France’s Green Cat Technologies has possibly the most head-turning concept at the show with a caravan that folds out into a roomy living space complete with solar and wind power generation. The sCarabane even rotates 360 degrees at camp, tracking the sun to generate electricity and hot water.

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Lamborghini Smartphone

It’s known for creating the ultimate in luxury sports cars.

Now, Tonino Lamborghini has released a luxury Android smartphone to match its vehicles – the £1,900 ($2,450) Alpha – One.

The phone boasts Italian handmade black leather and a frame made from the same ‘stronger than titanium liquid metal’ used to build its supercars.

The Alpha – One smartphone also comes with an accompanying custom black leather case, but critics claim the device’s specs do not match its price tag.

Despite Lamborghini claiming its latest phone features ‘the most luxurious technology’, the device has similar specifications to high-end smartphones that cost less than a third of the price.

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Tonino Lamborghini has released a £1,900 ($2,450) luxury Android phone (pictured) made with Italian handmade black leather and frame made of the 'liquid metal' used in its supercars

Ingenious Under-Bridge Shelter

The shelter was created by Spanish self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas
The shelter was created by Spanish self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas (Credit: Jose Manuel Pedrajas)

If trolls really did live under bridges, they could do a lot worse than commission Spaniard Fernando Abellanas to build them a new home. The self-taught designer recently installed a novel shelter under an anonymous traffic bridge in Valencia that includes shelving, seating, and even a sleeping space. read more

First Viable Hologram Table

Euclideon's hologram table: early installations are likely to be used primarily at a municipal level for ...
Euclideon’s hologram table: early installations are likely to be used primarily at a municipal level for town planning and area response purposes (Credit: Euclideon)

Australian company Euclideon has built a working prototype of what it calls the world’s first true multi-user hologram table. Up to four people can walk around a holographic image and interact with it wearing only a small set of glasses – a far cry from bulky AR headgear. It’s set to go on sale in 2018. read more

Toyota to Patent See-Thru Car Door Pillars

The days of having to crane your neck around your car’s pillars to see at a junction could soon be a thing of the past, if a new patent is to be believed.

Toyota has filed a patent for a ‘cloaking’ device, which would allow drivers to see straight through their car and get a 360 degree view of the road.

It is unclear when, or if, Toyota plans to implement the system in its cars.

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Toyota's patent describes a 'cloaking device' that would be used on the A-pillars on either side of the windshield

THE PATENT 

The patent describes a ‘cloaking device’ that would be used on the A-pillars on either side of the windshield.

Mirrors would be strategically placed around the car to bend visible light around an object, allowing the driver to see through it.

The patent states: ‘Light from an object on an object-side of the cloaking device is directed around an article within the cloaking region and forms an image on an image-side of the cloaking device such the article appears transparent to an observer.’ 

Toyota was granted the patent, titled ‘Apparatuses and methods for making an object appear transparent’ by the United States Patent and Trademark Office this week.

The patent describes a ‘cloaking device’ that would be used on the A-pillars on either side of the windshield.

The device is made up of mirrors, strategically placed to bend visible light around an object, allowing the driver to see through it.

The patent states: ‘Light from an object on an object-side of the cloaking device is directed around an article within the cloaking region and forms an image on an image-side of the cloaking device such the article appears transparent to an observer.’

Weapon Wednesday – Patriot Missile System Gets an Upgrade

Lockheed Martin’s radar technology demonstrator is designed to operate within the US Army Integrated Air & ...
Lockheed Martin’s radar technology demonstrator is  designed to operate within the US Army Integrated Air & Missile Defense (IAMD) framework (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

The radar at the heart of US Army’s Patriot missile system is getting a bit long in the tooth, so Lockheed Martin has announced the debut of its next-generation air and missile defense radar demonstrator. The 360⁰ capable Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar for Engagement and Surveillance (ARES) will be unveiled to the public at the 2017 Space & Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. read more

An Autonomous Helicopter Air Taxi

German automobile firm Daimler and other investors have has invested more than $29 million dollars (25 million euro) in aviation start-up Volocopter.

Volocopter plans to use the money to invest in further developing its electrically powered, autonomous Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft and ‘conquer’ the market for flying air taxis.

Volocopter’s ‘Volocopter 2X’ is a fully electric VTOL with 18 quiet rotors and a maximum airspeed of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour – and it can transport two passengers without a pilot.

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Volocopter announced that in the fourth quarter of 2017, it will work with Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to conduct tests of its vehicle as an autonomous air taxi. The trial operations and certification program is expected to continue for five years

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First Test of Hyperloop One

Phase 2 of testing has seen the XP-1 put through its paces at Hyperloop One's 500-meter ...
Phase 2 of testing has seen the XP-1 put through its paces at Hyperloop One’s 500-meter (1,600 ft) tube in the Nevada desert

A few weeks back, Hyperloop One revealed a prototype of a pod that it hopes will eventually ferry passengers through near-vacuum tubes at around the speed of sound. Today, the company has announced the first successful tests of this futuristic capsule, in which it levitated above a test track en route to speeds of more than 300 km/h. read more