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Weapon Wednesday – Boeing’s Loyal Wingman

A model of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow
A model of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow (Credit: Boeing)

Boeing has taken the wraps off its latest combat drone, presenting a model of its Loyal Wingman UAV at the Australian International Airshow. Formally referred to as Boeing Airpower Teaming System, the concept demonstrator aircraft is being developed in partnership between the Australian government and Boeing Australia. read more

$1500 Tiny House

As you'd probably guess, the $1,500 cost doesn't include the purchase of any land and Greenfield...
As you’d probably guess, the $1,500 cost doesn’t include the purchase of any land and Greenfield has his tiny house installed in someone else’s garden in Orlando(Credit: Rob Greenfield)

Adventurer, environmental activist and “Dude Making a Difference” Rob Greenfield is also involved in the tiny house movement but feels that the rise in luxury models is missing the point. In a bid to prove that small living can be done on a modest budget, he recently built a tiny house for under US$1,500 in Florida using mostly recycled materials. read more

3-D Printer Sound System

The Ionic Sound System is made up of an active subwoofer and two passive speakers, all...
The Ionic Sound System is made up of an active subwoofer and two passive speakers, all encased in enclosures 3D-printed from sand(Credit: Deeptime)

Most speaker enclosures are made from wood, though that’s not the only material being utilized by audio hardware makers – we’ve seen speakers made from concrete, for example, and the many portable wireless speakers available are most likely housed in plastic. Which makes the Ionic Sound System from the Czech Republic’s Deeptime something of a novelty, as the nature-inspired speakers and subwoofer are encased in a 3D-printed sand outer skin. read more

World’s First Full-Body Medical Scanner

The new EXPLORER full-body scanner promises faster and more detailed medical imaging
The new EXPLORER full-body scanner promises faster and more detailed medical imaging(Credit: UC Davis)

After over a decade of development, the world’s first full-body medical scanner has produced its first images. The groundbreaking imaging device is almost 40 times faster than current PET scans and can capture a 3D picture of the entire human body in one instant scan. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Lockheed’s Newest Fighter Jet – the F-21

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LOCKHEED MARTIN

Lockheed Martin has announced a fighter jet it calls the F-21. The single-seat fighter is packed with missiles, modern sensors, and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. It’s not exactly “new” though—the rest of the world knows this plane as the F-16 Fighting Falcon. read more

Pantera Bajaboard Electric Skateboard

The 45mph Bajaboard Pantera is a vastly overpowered, completely excessive custom build you can buy today
The 45mph Bajaboard Pantera is a vastly overpowered, completely excessive custom build you can buy today(Credit: Bajaboards)

The fastest we’ve ever been on an electric skateboard was about 40 km/h, or 25 mph. That was a truly scary speed in our books, but the lunatics at Baja boards are preparing to nearly double it with this 8-kilowatt monster of a thing: the Pantera. read more

Nissan All-Electric Opus Camping Trailer

Nissan x Opus concept camping trailer
Nissan x Opus concept camping trailer(Credit: Nissan)

The RV market probably isn’t quite ready for a full-blown electric motorhome just yet, but electric vehicles can still have a positive impact on vehicle camping by lending their powerful battery technology. With the new Nissan x Opus camping trailer, Nissan shows how EV batteries can fully power the equipment of a non-engined camper. The Leaf-derived Energy ROAM battery pack gives the innovative, award-winning Air Opus inflatable six-sleeper enough juice to keep campers comfortable and fed for up to a week, all without the emissions and noise of a gas generator.

Nissan already offers travelers an all-electric mini-campervan option, and now it shows how that very same battery technology could be used in a non-powered trailer, with all the battery power going to onboard amenities like the lighting, microwave and fridge. read more

The Von Braun Rotating Space Station

The Von Braun Rotating Space Station: a hub-and-spokes design evolved from the toroidal spinning space station...
The Von Braun Rotating Space Station: a hub-and-spokes design evolved from the toroidal spinning space station proposed by Wernher von Braun in the 1950s.(Credit: Gateway Foundation)

The idea of using centrifugal force to create a sensation of gravity in space originated as early as 1903, but a group of space enthusiasts believes its time has come. Check out Gateway’s vision for the Von Braun Rotating Space Station. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Navy’s New Orca Unmanned Submarine

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BOEING

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Boeing for four Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (XLUUVs). In other words: giant drone subs.

The unmanned submarines, called Orcas, will be able to undertake missions from scouting to sinking ships at very long ranges. Drone ships like the Orca will revolutionize war at sea, providing inexpensive, semi-disposable weapon systems that can fill the gaps in the front line—or simply go where it’s too dangerous for manned ships to go. read more

Motorola’s New Budget Phones

Motorola is aiming for the budget end of the Android market again with the Moto G7...
Motorola is aiming for the budget end of the Android market again with the Moto G7 series(Credit: Motorola)

Motorola has carved out its own niche in the Android phone market – decent specs for very decent prices – and it’s back in that same groove for 2019 with the Moto G7 line-up. Four phones make up the range: the G7, the G7 Play, the G7 Plus, and the G7 Power. read more