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Rubicon Hitch Tent

Built sturdy for overland expedition use, the Rubicon Hitch Tent puts your two- or three-person roof...
Built sturdy for overland expedition use, the Rubicon Hitch Tent puts your two- or three-person roof tent on the hitch(Credit: Rubicon Expedition Products)

If you were looking over an SUV or truck trying to find the roof-top tent (RTT), the most logical place to look would be … the roof. But California startup Rubicon Expedition Products wants people to expand their idea of what a roof-top tent is and where it belongs on the vehicle. Its Hitch Tent system drops the roof tent down to hitch level, making it easier to load and unload and freeing up the vehicle for day trips. The integrated frame stands the tent above the cold, rocky ground below. read more

Flashlight on Steroids

The Tronex sits comfortably on your upper back, giving you two extreme flashlights and a glowing...
The Tronex sits comfortably on your upper back, giving you two extreme flashlights and a glowing back light for visibility(Credit: Tronex)

Folks who do things in the dark may appreciate the clever approach Tronex has taken with its new wearable double-flashlight design, which also adds a highly visible LED circle on your back to make you more visible – just in case the monster 4900-lumen light you’re pushing out isn’t enough! read more

Weapon Wednesday – A Universal Remote for the Navy

The universal remote can control a wide range of unmanned vehicles, including the MQ-8B Fire Scout...
The universal remote can control a wide range of unmanned vehicles, including the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aircraft system(Credit: US Navy)

Raytheon is developing what is billed as a universal remote for the US Navy that will allow a single unit to control a wide range of unmanned vehicles. Designed to save space onboard ships as well as make pilot training easier, the Raytheon Common Ground Control System (CGCS) is based on the modular, open architecture Unmanned Aircraft System Control Segment standard (UCS) that promotes vehicle software interoperability. read more

Electric Surfer

The Wheeebo is due for release in 2020
The Wheeebo is due for release in 2020(Credit: Yanmar)

Perhaps best-known for its diesel engines and robotic agricultural equipment, Japanese company Yanmar also makes personal watercraft. Its latest addition to the latter category is a little something known as the Wheeebo, which is kind of like an aquatic Segway. read more

Review – Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a and...

New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Google Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a and 3a XL

Google’s Pixel phones have traditionally been high-end devices, but for the first time the company has launched a pair of mid-range phones – the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. These strip out a few premium features of the current flagships, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, in favor of an easier-to-swallow price tag. But just what do you get and what do you lose? Here, New Atlas compares the specs and features of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. read more

AI Catheter to Assist Heart Surgeons

In a procedure known as a paravalvular aortic leak closure, the catheter is used to help...

In a procedure known as a paravalvular aortic leak closure, the catheter is used to help plug a leak in an artificial heart valve(Credit: Pierre Dupont / Boston Children’s Hospital)

For some time now, we’ve seen robotic surgical devices that can be remotely guided within the human body. And while they do make surgery more precise and less invasive, they still have to be continuously operated by a surgeon. Recently, however, a robotic catheter successfully navigated beating pig hearts on its own. read more

BrightLoc Locking Bicycle Light

The BrightLoc is presently on Kickstarter
The BrightLoc is presently on Kickstarter

It’s always a risk, leaving detachable lights on a bike that’s parked in a public place. It can also be a hassle to carry them with you, though. A group of North Carolina-based entrepreneurs has developed an alternative, in the form of lights that are attached to a bike-mounted U-lock. read more

Indoor Hydroponic Garden

The iHarvest fully automated indoor hydroponics garden is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter
The iHarvest fully automated indoor hydroponics garden is currently raising production funds on Kickstarter(Credit: IGWorks)

Imagine being able to harvest fresh veggies precisely when you need them without leaving the house. That’s the promise of indoor gardens like the OGarden Smart and the Cell One. Now IGWorks is making a bid for your living space with a vertical hydroponics garden called the iHarvest that can simultaneously grow up to 30 fruits and vegetables. read more

Disney’s Midair Stunt Robot

The new Stuntronics robot from Disney Research can perform autonomous acrobatics in midair before sticking the...
The new Stuntronics robot from Disney Research can perform autonomous acrobatics in midair before sticking the landing(Credit: Disney)

Disney’s animatronics are coming a long way from drunken pirates waving flagons of ale or hippos that wiggle their ears. In the (relatively) near future, robotic versions of Iron Man or Buzz Lightyear could be performing autonomous acrobatics overhead in Disney theme parks, thanks to the newly-unveiled Stuntronics robot. read more

Portable Wind Turbine for Charging all Your Outdoor Gear

The Giga portable wind turbine is presently on Kickstarter
The Giga portable wind turbine is presently on Kickstarter

While some people might say that electronic devices have no business being on camping trips, the fact is that items such as LED lanterns, GPS units, two-way radios and cameras all have batteries that need charging. The Giga is designed to meet that need, using the power of the wind. read more