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Flesby II Rubber Concept Car

Toyoda Gosei renders its Tokyo booth
Toyoda Gosei renders its Tokyo booth

Automakers like Suzuki already have us anticipating a Tokyo Motor Show full of wonderfully weird and eccentric little concept cars. But one of the show’s weirdest will come from a less familiar industry player. Rubber, plastics and LED specialist Toyoda Gosei will show the Flesby II, a turtle-like concept that uses a creative exterior shell to protect pedestrians, communicate with other road users and change shapes. read more

Seabin Trash Sucking Flotation Device

The creators of the Seabin say it can collect around 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) of debris...
The creators of the Seabin say it can collect around 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) of debris per day, depending on the conditions
 

There are a number of schemes out there intended to tackle the huge problem of ocean waste, and while none claim to be a complete solution, they do promise to help in their own ways. Among them is the Seabin, a rubbish-sucking flotation device that is now being installed commercially for the very first time. read more

SmithFly’s Floating Tent

The Shoal Tent – for campers who like to get away from it all
The Shoal Tent – for campers who like to get away from it all(Credit: SmithFly)

It seems to be human nature that if you’re camping near a lake or pond, you pitch your tent right at the water’s edge. Well, SmithFly’s new Shoal Tent lets you take things a step further. Described as a floating raft with a tent topper, it allows you to actually sleep out on the water. read more

Effie Self-Ironing Machine

effie can iron up to 12 items per load
effie can iron up to 12 items per load

Most of us use a washing machine to do our laundry, instead of washing it by hand. Well, effie is an ironing machine. According to its UK-based creators, you just hang damp clothes up in it – straight from the washer – and they come out dried, pressed and wrinkle-free. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Well – Not Really

A new prosthetic developed by the Office of Naval Research is designed to be more comfortable...
A new prosthetic developed by the Office of Naval Research is designed to be more comfortable to wear, and is fitted with sensors to monitor for infection and stress(Credit:Joseph Xu/Senior Multimedia Content Producer, University of Michigan – College of Engineering)

As useful as they are for amputees, prosthetic legs aren’t the most comfortable things to wear. With the whole body pressing down on the point of contact, they can be painful, awkward to walk with and cause infections. Now scientists from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have developed a more comfortable and “smart” prosthetic that can be attached and detached at will, and monitored for infection and stress with an array of sensors. read more

Chef Jamie Oliver’s New Land Rover

Jamie Oliver and his family enjoy a one-of-a-kind creation
Jamie Oliver and his family enjoy a one-of-a-kind creation(Credit: Jaguar Land Rover)

When we think of Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, we think extra-cushy leather interiors, upmarket trim and personalized paint jobs. We definitely don’t think of a rolling kitchen fit to prepare gourmet meals on the road. But that’s the mission celebrity chef Jamie Oliver laid out for the SVO team. Land Rover responded by building Oliver an extraordinary Discovery that slow-cooks under the hood, churns butter and makes ice cream in special wheel drums, slow-turns a rotisserie out front, makes toast in the center console and has numerous other culinary tricks up its sleeve. Forget the drive-through restaurant – this is the driving restaurant kitchen. read more

Project Maximus Superyacht

The Project Maximus superyacht concept that was unveiled at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show
The Project Maximus superyacht concept that was unveiled at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show(Credit: Heeson Yachts)

Clifford Denn already has a portfolio that puts him in the elite category of maritime designers having previously designed passenger cruise liners for Cunard (such as the Queen Mary 2) and P&O. His latest concept, Project Maximus, shown at the Monaco Yacht Show last week, could begin a trend for superyachts by putting the wheelhouse one deck down and devoting the upper deck to the passengers, just as he has done with his work for Viking Ocean Cruise vessels. read more

Aston Martin Submarine

Aston Martin style, Triton submersible know-how
Aston Martin style, Triton submersible know-how

After refining its nautical skills on the AM37 powerboat it showed at last year’s Monaco Yacht Show, Aston Martin is back in Monaco talking up another project that puts its design expertise to use at sea. With the Project Neptune submersible, Aston declares its intent to send vessels plunging below the waterline, in addition to speeding across the surface of sea and land. A team-up between Aston Martin and the submersibles experts at Triton Submarines LLC, the new sub lets three people explore the great blue below, all dressed up in their swankiest Aston garb. read more

Weapon Wednesday – ATHENA Laser has a Perfect Record

Could this be developed into a missile killer – like maybe for ICBMs?

In a live-fire demonstration at the Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a 30-kilowatt...
In a live-fire demonstration at the Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a 30-kilowatt class laser weapon system developed by Lockheed Martin brought down five unmanned aerial vehicles(Credit: Lockheed Martin)

It was 5-0 at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico as a Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system shot down five unmanned drones with a 100 percent success rate. The August test of the Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) system against five Outlaw drones was designed to demonstrate how the system’s advanced beam control technology and an solid-state fiber laser could decisively destroy unmanned aerial threats. read more

New Language Translator

The system currently translates between Japanese, Mandarin and English
The system currently translates between Japanese, Mandarin and English(Credit: jannystockphoto/Depositphotos)

Hospital workers often have their hands full with tasks such as patient care, plus they also often have to communicate with patients who speak other languages. With this in mind, Fujitsu Laboratories has developed what it claims is “the world’s first wearable, hands-free speech translation device.” read more