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CycleWing Bicycle Sail

The CycleWing is presently on Kickstarter
The CycleWing is presently on Kickstarter

Although there’s nothing like cycling with a good tailwind, your bike and your body are only capable of catching a limited amount of that wind. The CycleWing was designed to help, acting as – you guessed it – a sail for your bike. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Don’t Buy Chinese Knock-Off Military Tech

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At least one buyer of China’s copy of the famous Predator is none too happy. Jordan is selling off its fleet of CH-4B “Rainbow” drones after owning them for just two years. read more

Skai Air Taxi May Cost as Little as an Uber

Expecting to achieve full FAA certification by the end of 2020, Skai says its "point to...
Expecting to achieve full FAA certification by the end of 2020, Skai says its “point to any point” air taxi service will cost about the same per mile as a standard Uber(Credit: Alaka’i Technologies)

Skai made big waves last month with the launch of its long-range hydrogen-powered eVTOL air taxi prototype. In an interview with New Atlas, Skai’s CTO tells us these flying commuter vehicles will cost about the same per mile as an Uber ride, and that he expects to be able to land them just about anywhere. read more

New Lego Lunar Lander

Lego's NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set (#10266) and the separate ascent and descent stages

Lego’s NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set (#10266) and the separate ascent and descent stages(Credit: Lego)

Almost 50 years to the day since Neil Armstrong uttered the immortal words “the Eagle has landed” Lego will launch its Creator Expert set of the Eagle Lunar Module to celebrate the anniversary. Developed in cooperation with NASA, the set comes with mini astronaut figures and a Moon-surface diorama stage complete with craters, footprints, a flag and even a replica of the plaque Armstrong and Aldrin left behind on the surface. read more

Raspberry-Picking Robot

Data from the initial field trial of the raspberry-harvesting robot system will inform further design, ahead...
Data from the initial field trial of the raspberry-harvesting robot system will inform further design, ahead of commercialization of the technology in 2020(Credit: Fieldwork Robotics Ltd)

Fieldwork Robotics – a spinout company from the University of Plymouth in the UK – has announced the successful completion of early field trials of a raspberry-harvesting robot. If commercialized, the system could help make up for a shortage of human fruit pickers in the country. read more

Weapon Wednesday – BriteCloud Missile Decoy System

The BriteCloud missile decoy system is being tested on RAF Typhoons
The BriteCloud missile decoy system is being tested on RAF Typhoons(Credit: Leonardo Aerospace)

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has begun testing the latest version of the BriteCloud missile decoy on its Typhoon fighter aircraft. At the Typhoon Ministerial Meeting in Germany, British Defence minister Stuart Andrew revealed that the disposable soda-can-sized anti-radar electronics packages began testing in April by the RAF’s 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. read more

Modular Smart-System for Kids

The Novus is billed as the "world's first modular smartphone for kids"
The Novus is billed as the “world’s first modular smartphone for kids”(Credit: Abardeen)

Smartphones and smartwatches for kids aren’t exactly new – even FitBit has a kids’ watch these days – but China-based Abardeen has done things a little differently. The company has taken a modular approach with its latest offering – launched this week on Kickstarter – in an effort to inject some extra flexibility to the kids phone/watch equation.

Designed to transform between smartphone, smartwatch and voice-enabled home assistant, the Novus system is made up of four components (one of which is optional). The first is the Novus Core, an Android-powered, 4G-enabled, Apple-Watch-looking module, housing the screen and all the phone/watch related technology. As the name suggests, this is the core of the setup – the brains of the operation if you will. The Novus Core is either inserted into the Watch Module (handy for kids prone to losing things like phones) or clicked into the Phone Module enclosure (which also adds two extra days of battery life). The Phone Module uses a touch-wheel – similar to classic iPods – to control the Novus and scroll through the onscreen menus.

Combining the Novus Core with the phone and watch modules is a simple click-and-go process

At home, the Novus Core + Phone Module can be slotted into the optional Home Module, which not only charges the Novus Core and Phone Module batteries, but transforms the ensemble into what Abardeen calls an “AI Speaker.” This is more than a charging station with a speaker. It’s a Google Assistant-enabled smart-speaker, a stand-alone alarm clock and a clever nightlight that turns on when it detects movement via its infrared sensor.

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URGOnight Will Help You Sleep

The device uses neurofeedback to train the user into entering a brainwave state claimed to improve...
The device uses neurofeedback to train the user into entering a brainwave state claimed to improve sleep(Credit: URGOnight)

With a good night’s sleep being so important to our health, it’s not surprising to see so many gadgets designed to deliver us into the Land of Nod. URGOnight is a novel sleep training device designed to improve your ability to get to sleep, and stay asleep, through the use of neurofeedback and brain training. The system, comprising an EEG headset and accompanying mobile app, is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo. read more

Micro-Scale Drones

The Bee+ in flight-test mode, showing all four wings operating
The Bee+ in flight-test mode, showing all four wings operating(Credit: University of Southern California (USC)

Tiny robot insects might seem little more than fun, geeky gadgets to some, but the potential for these cyber-critters in areas like search and rescue, agriculture and hazard detection is massive – and so are the hurdles. Power-supplies, onboard-sensors, control and stability are all problematic at the micro-scale. It’s this last issue – stability – that researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have been working on with their Bee+, drawing inspiration – yet again – from the insect world. read more

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