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A Real-Life ‘Autobot’ (Video)

Yeah, yeah. Call us nerds or geeks or whatever, but this sh!t is cool as… as… Transformers in REAL LIFE! Nothing cooler than that. This is sci-fi tech gone wild in the best way.

Turkish company Letvision recently unveiled “LETRONS,” a BMW that can turn into a giant robot. The company said it took a team of 12 engineers and four technicians at least eight months to create the transforming BMW.
– Huffington Post

Now, not saying this beats our battle robot stories BUT it’s dope nonetheless. A long way from those ‘pop up’ transforming funny cars at the tractor pulls at the Georgia Dome way, way back in the day. No shots. Just saying…

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A Party Yacht With Its Own Private Beach… On Board! (Video)

This shizz iz craZy! Know how they say don’t bring sand to the beach – like not bringing a date because it will ruin your hump-around chances? Well, imagine bringing this monster baller boat around… where you are not bringing sand to the beach… you are bringing a yacht near shore… and the yacht has its own damn beach! WHAT!

(All good until Jaws comes through to ‘belly up to the beach’ for some human hors d’oeuvres. Hahaaaa! Just listen for the horror scene music and you’ll be a’ight… you tough, right?)

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Technology: Prodrone Co. Presents Its PD6B-AW-ARM Flying Drone (Video)

Ahh… got it! The PD6B-AW-ARM is an “armed” drone… a flying drone with arms that can pick up and carry 10 kilograms of payload and fly 30 minutes for stable air transport. Pretty cool.

Prodrone Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce it has developed the PD6B-AW-ARM, a large-format drone equipped with two internally-developed robotic arms, enabling it to directly accomplish a variety of tasks.

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Stanford University’s Experiment Shows Writing Via Speech Recognition Is Now Up To Three Times Faster And More Accurate Than Typing (Video)

You’ve watched the Star Trek shows, or any number of sci-fi programs or movies where people talk to computers in natural language… and the computer UNDERSTANDS and responds QUICKLY? Well, in the real world, we are getting there fast! Stanford ran an experiment that compared the speed and accuracy of computers producing the printed word from voice sources (e.g. people speaking) vs. typing.

In a recent experiment, Stanford researchers found that Baidu’s speech recognition software composes text messages three times faster and is more accurate than human typists.

Incredible!

MORE: SPEECH RECOGNITION FASTER THAN TYPING (STANFORD)

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Eagle-360: Goodyear’s Spherical Futuristic Concept Tire (Video)

You’ve heard, “There’s no need to reinvent the wheel,” before, right? Well, maybe we don’t NEED to; but Goodyear is damn sure doing it. Full disclosure: This ‘reinvention’ is actually a reimagination of the vehicle tire concept. Introducing Goodyear’s Eagle-360. Think ‘wide tread’… the widest ever… spherical! Amazing – a tire of the future! Watch.

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Technology: Airport Sleeping Pods (Video)

Traveling can be stressful. These futuristic pods will put you at ease and to sleep!

Right now, in the Abu Dhabi International Airport, weary travellers are getting a chance to get a nap. Think about that long layover, or missing that connector flight and having to wait many hours… but not quite a day… for the next. If you could find a quiet, secure place to relax & recharge at the airport, wouldn’t that be everything? Well, these airport sleeping pods are… EVERYTHING! Check ’em out, and keep your fingers crossed that they make their way to your terminal next botched flight.

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Technology: It’s A Drone, An X-Wing… Nah, It’s A Parrot Swing (Video)

With Parrot Swing, you have the stability of a quadrocopter and the power of a plane!

Parrot Swing is the only mini-drone allowing you to pilot a supersonic plane with surprising ease. It’s also the only plane with autopilot and a vertical take-off and landing mode. With the Parrot Flypad controller, discover ultra-precise control to pilot like a pro. Transform the sky into an unbelievable race track!

Truth. But what’s even doper than the model/drone/toy is the possibilities for real-life. Imagine combining the great speed and efficiency of a plane with the ability to take off and land from small platforms, rather than long runways. Of course, the military would jump on this first. But imagine the search and rescue possibilities. Mobilizing quickly for tough terrain rescues, where planes cannot go but copters cannot be sent quick enough… disaster relief for that matter… Think about unmanned vehicles getting materials in and/or people out of places where the roads are impassible or non-existent.

Nice!

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Watch The First Flight Of The Largest Aircraft Ever (Video)

You see… it’s not the size of… Nah, #$%! that, homies. That Airlander 10 is a big azz airship; the biggest that ever took to the skies! Why’s any of this matter? Well, check this out:

The ship is part  helicopter, part blimp and at 92 meters (301 feet) long it is the largest aircraft in the world. Though its maiden flight was only 15 minutes, flights when it enters normal operations could be as long as five days and night with passengers or up to two weeks at a time when controlled remotely and unmanned.
– FastCompany

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Technology: Transparent Solar Cells Designed To Turn Invisible UV Rays Into Renewable Energy Gains We Can See (Video)

Research at Michigan State University has yielded designs for a transparent solar panel capable of capturing solar energy. Professor Richard Lunt, MSU assistant professor and head of the research team, believes that the panel can be used in a variety of ways – like on tall buildings with lots of windows or mobile devices. The ultimate goal is to harvest solar energy via surfaces in such a way that people do not even notice (according to a press statement from Lunt).

Most solar panels capture visible spectrum light, letting invisible ultraviolet waves – the bigger portion of the spectrum – go to waste. The transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC) doesn’t capture visible light, but non-visible ultraviolet waves are absorbed by the device, converted, and sent to the edge of the concentrator, where photovoltaic (PV) solar cells convert light energy to electricity.

One caveat: Right now the TLSC is performing at around 1% efficiency, but the MSU team believes that 5% optimization is achievable. Currently, non-transparent luminescent concentrators (current tech) max out at 7% efficiency.

But before you get pessimistic about the low numbers, compare them to using ZERO percent of the abundant untapped energy that we are being drenched in daily!

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Technology: Upgrade Your Golf Cart Game With Bubba’s Jet Pack (Video)

Sports performance equipment and lifestyle item maker Oakley has teamed up with professional golfer Bubba Watson to create a flying platform that looks straight out of a “Jonny Quest” cartoon… with a special place to put your clubs. It’s called Bubba’s Jet Pack. AMAZING!

Waitaminute. Didn’t Oakley and Watson collaborate on the production of a golf hovercraft?? Yes, and we posted about that on here earlier.

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Altwork’s Integrated Workspace: “The Station” (Video)

Okay. Looks like you can get really productive, really comfortable, or both with this new generation uber-ergonomic tech-integrated work desk.

Altwork introduces its new integrated workspace, the Station, designed to be a multifunctional piece of furniture that gives you more flexibility with respect to how you interact with your computer.

Of course, all this could take a lot of getting used to – the concept, getting comfortable with going from collaborative, to standing, to seated, to lying prone Station positions, computers and peripherals hanging around and above you. Oh, and the price is nothing nice. Get out your black card and slide it for about $7,000 player!

(Still looks cool though.)

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Technology: Holograms In Your Home (Video)

The future is now. Next level television!

Well, it’s Not TV… It’s Holovit TV… an apparatus that presents as just a clear screen showing moving images. You know, as in 3-D IMAGES!!! No clunky projection systems required, the compact Holovit works with devices without the requirement of a projector or special equipment. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs … any 3-D images it projects to HoloVit are shown floating in the screen. IndieGoGo funding is underway (until September).

Check out the Holo-Dance after the jump. Haaa!

MORE: HOLOVIT (INDIEGOGO)

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Researchers Are Developing Implantable Sensors As Small As A Grain Of Sand That Can Monitor Vitals (Video)

Medical professionals have got to know that among the things that suck about what they do for us patients is the discomfort due to invasive procedures to even figure out what’s going on in those they treat. Well, looks like someone up the line has been working the problem. Maybe we will get that Star Trek medical tricorder where docs don’t have to even touch you to diagnose one day. This tech right here though, coming soon.

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the body, bringing closer the day when a Fitbit-like device could monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.

The so-called neural dust, which the team implanted in the muscles and peripheral nerves of rats, is unique in that ultrasound is used both to power and read out the measurements. Ultrasound technology is already well-developed for hospital use, and ultrasound vibrations can penetrate nearly anywhere in the body, unlike radio waves, the researchers say.

“I think the long-term prospects for neural dust are not only within nerves and the brain, but much broader,” said Michel Maharbiz, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and one of the study’s two main authors. “Having access to in-body telemetry has never been possible because there has been no way to put something super tiny superdeep. But now I can take a speck of nothing and park it next to a nerve or organ, your GI tract or a muscle, and read out the data.”

Nice.

MORE: NEURAL DUST (BERKELEY NEWS)

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NASA Puts Its Money Where It’s Satellite Is: Burning Up ABillion-Dollar Probe To Protect Alien Life (Video)

Once again, Star Trek gives science the blueprint. Remember the Prime Directive (prohibiting Starfleet personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations? Well, NASA is following that in purest form and intention!

NASA’s Juno probe successfully began orbiting Jupiter on July 4. The spacecraft has 37 orbits to go before it burns up on purpose — to protect potential aliens.

Holy self-destruct, NASA! We don’t even want to risk exposing any potential alien life to our Earth germs. And before you grumble about that being billion-dollar overkill, Google how ill the Native Americans got shortly after being ‘exposed’ to European explorers ALIENS waaaaay before Star Trek.

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Technology: The Skreemr Jet Is Designed To Cross The Atlantic In A Half-Hour (Video)

Yoooo! Okay, we posted on the Concorde from back in the day and how it was designed to make supersonic travel a reality. Three-and-a-half hours to hop the Atlantic. Impressive. But how about a new jet concept… one that blows that trip time out the water (so to speak)? We’re talking going from NYC to London in 30 Minutes! Maaaaannn, you could barely get started on that pizza you ordered to enjoy while peeping our posts on here.

Okay, pump your air brakes a bit though Canadian engineer Charles Bombardier’s concept will likely roll out for military purposes before commercial; but still…DOPE! Watch.

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What Ever Happened To The Concorde Plane? (Video)

This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. In the time you’d take a cross-state bus trip, you’d be across the ocean on ANOTHER continent!! The Concorde gave us supersonic transport. So, with all that going for it, why did this supersonic plane fail? The answer is complicated. Vox’s Phil Edwards investigated.

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Check This All-Black ‘Super Yacht’: The Black Swan (Video)

Duuuuude! This ought to make a “Most Expensivest Sh*t” episode, hosted by 2 Chainz, with theme music done by Rapsody (“All Black Everything”)!

This slick yacht looks like a supervillain’s hideout straight out of out of the next 007 film. The superyacht is called The Black Swan and is a design concept by designer Timur Bozca.
– Tech Insider

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Performance Enhancement: ‘Sex Shorts’ Help Men Train The Pelvic Floor (Video)

For real? Pelvic floor exercises. Well, the ladies have their Kegels to do. Now, the technology exists for men to (pause) keep it tight (double pause). Nah, not saying any more here. Watch and let the video tell you what the hell these VylyV smart pelvic training shorts are supposed to do.

(Want to keep a strong schlong? There’s an app for that. BWAAAHAHAAAAA!)

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The Cyclotron: Spokeless Smart Cycle (Video)

The Hubless Smart Bicycle bka The Cyclotron. Nice! Technological dopeness with the family in mind. Check out the video package above on the future of cycling, transportation, exercise, and more. Of course, there is a Kickstarter Campaign going on (linked below).

MORE: THE CYCLOTRON BIKE (KICKSTARTER)

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Technology/Product: Amazing Omni-Capable Liddiard Wheels (Video)

William Liddiard – just using his noodle (e.g. brain), available materials and time to work on them – has developed his own working omni-capable wheels (e.g. wheels that can move a vehicle in all directions, and turn on the spot). Liddiard Wheels are durable and can work in all weather and road conditions. They could be installed on anything that works using regular tires. Even these are proof-of-concept prototypes they are good enough to show that they work (like in the clip above). Remember this is what William did in his spare time, with spare materials. Imagine what a dedicated manufacturer could do.

Thing is, he actually wants to license or partner with someone or some such manufacturing entity to bring Liddiard Wheels to market.

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