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Weapon Wednesday – ENVG-B Advanced Night Vision

envg army night vision
U.S. Army/DVIDS
  • The U.S. Army’s Lancer Brigade showed off a video from its new Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binoculars.
  • The ENVG-B displays a higher-resolution image than previous night vision devices.
  • The goggles also include augmented reality capabilities and allow soldiers to see wirelessly through weapon sights. read more

Mega Swiss Army Knife

The XXL stretches 3.6 x 2.5 in
The XXL stretches 3.6 x 2.5 in
Victorinox

Perhaps a sign of the times, Swiss Army knives have gone a little extreme in 2021. Victorinox’s latest Swiss Army releases include one of the largest Swiss Army knives ever offered and a series of Mini Tools among the smallest to wear the cross. Victorinox adds “XXL” sizing to the Swiss Champ lineup with a 73-function monster that just might fill an entire pocket. Its corkscrew holds a tiny screwdriver small enough to repair your sunglasses. read more

New Speed Record

Artist's impression of the Parker Solar Probe on approach to the Sun
Artist’s impression of the Parker Solar Probe on approach to the Sun
NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben (illustration)

Launched in 2018 on a mission to study the Sun from close proximity, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe continues to edge closer and closer to its target, setting one new record after another. The latest came during a close approach today, where the spacecraft exceeded blistering speeds of 330,000 mph (532,000 km/h) as it began its eighth loop of the Sun. read more

NOSEiD can Identify a lost Pooch

NOSEiD is presently limited to the city of Nashville, but should soon be rolled out to other locations
NOSEiD is presently limited to the city of Nashville, but should soon be rolled out to other locations
Iams

Just like our fingerprints, the shape and pattern of each dog’s nose is unique to that animal. Bearing this in mind, pet food company Iams has launched a “nose-centric” app for identifying lost dogs – appropriately enough, it’s called NOSEiD. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Going back to the Sextant?

 

The U.S. Navy’s New Unhackable GPS Alternative: The Stars

GPS is a world-changing technology. It’s also incredibly fragile, easily spoofable, and consistently hackable. That’s why the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are looking to the stars for a navigational Plan B.

senior chief petty officer mike rosati uses a sextant while conducting celestial navigation training while sailing on the atlantic ocean aboard the coast guard cutter eagle, aug 3, 2015 celestial navigation is taught to the coast guard academy cadets while they spend time underway on the eagle us coast guard photo by petty officer 2nd class matthew s masaschi
Matthew S. Masaschi

Twenty-five years ago, in 1995, the U.S. Air Force reached a milestone: Its satellite Global Positioning System became fully operational. Today, GPS directs our world, from supertankers to pizza deliveries. But before the creation of this modern navigational marvel, humans looked to the heavens to find their way. read more

Portable Alpha Bonfire

When other fire pits are too large, the Alpha Bonfire packs small enough to carry by foot or small, human-powered vehicle
When other fire pits are too large, the Alpha Bonfire packs small enough to carry by foot or small, human-powered vehicle
The Brand Labo

Open-fire cooking you can carry anywhere, the new Alpha Bonfire from Japanese startup The Brand Labo collapses flat into a smartphone-sized package small enough to drop in a pocket. It carries easily by foot, luggage or light vehicle, building into a mini fire pit and grill you can use wherever the journey takes you. The compact kit even brings its own tiny utensils for preparing and eating the food.

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Does the Mars Helicopter need a Designator and Call Sign?

Artist's rendering of Ingenuity and the Perseverance rover
Artist’s rendering of Ingenuity and the Perseverance rover
NASA/Caltech

NASA’s Ingenuity is no longer just the world’s most expensive hobby helicopter. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has given an official flight designator and call-sign codes for the robotic rotorcraft and the Wright Brothers Field in Jezero Crater on the Red Planet.

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Driverless Tesla is not yet Completely Driverless

by: Brent Smith

I’m all for slick new tech that has the potential to improve our lives, but there will always be a fine line between what will improve our lives and what is just plain crazy.

In my humble opinion, this is one of those times and one of those fine lines – at least for now.

Simply put, we are not yet ready for a driverless vehicle of any kind. We do not live in the movie world of Total Recall or iRobot, where every vehicle, cars and trucks, are driverless. And frankly I hope we never will be. read more

A Perfect Coffee Straw

The JoGo straw aims to be an ultralight, low-hassle way of enjoying coffee anywhere
The JoGo straw aims to be an ultralight, low-hassle way of enjoying coffee anywhere
JoGo

A light, ultra-portable way of getting a morning cup of coffee, the new JoGo packs coffee-brewing power into a sleek straw. It pops out of a pocket and uses an integrated filter to deliver the rich morning flavor you want without the gritty grounds you’d rather not chew on. Designed by two wilderness guides and adventurers, it’s perfect for on- and off-grid journeys on which traveling lightly is mandatory.

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Precisely Pinpoint lost Items

Samsung's Galaxy SmartTag+ can help you find lost items with an augmented reality overlay
Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag+ can help you find lost items with an augmented reality overlay
Samsung

Trackers like Tile or Pixie have been helping us find lost keys and wallets for years now, but they aren’t all that precise beyond “it’s within Bluetooth range.” Samsung has now unveiled the Galaxy SmartTag+, the first tracker to use the more accurate ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. read more