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Technology: Whirlpool Turbines Designed To Provide Renewable Energy For Small Communities (Video)

We’ve seen this work on a large scale… Hoover Dam and others… where you wall up a huge reservoir of water and then let it go; the force of the waterfall spinning a turbine that generates electricity. It is all about turning potential into kinetic energy and harnessing the power.

So what if we could do that on a smaller scale? Oh wait, this is no longer a ‘what if’ thing. This is a ‘why not’ thing. And it is awesome!

Clean, renewable, no harm to inhabitants (including the fish), and only one moving part. Genius!

@ojones1

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Technology: Boston Dynamics’ Latest Dog-Bot Prototype Can Open Doors (Video)

Boston Dynamics has done some of everything in the field of robotics. Even dog-bots like this one. But this one… can open doors! When will they go ‘too far’ you wonder? Who knows? Especially if they keep topping the last robo-tech feat with the next.

(Extra creepy bonus points for those bots working together. Wow!)

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Cover Story: How Falcon Heavy Will Change Space Travel (Video)

Did you catch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the other day? Wonder what all the fuss was about? And maybe why it carried a red Tesla roadster into orbit? Well, watch and learn, friends. Watch and learn.

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Smart Glasses With A Normal Look & Feel (Video)

Know how folks want to rock some tech bling that stands out; that actually ‘blings’ and gets noticed? Like a really nice watch? Well, you don’t want that in a pair of smart glasses, do you? Nahhhh.

Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses won’t make you look like a Glasshole. Dieter Bohn got an exclusive look at Intel’s latest gadget. By shining a low-powered laser into your retina, the glasses can get all sorts of information without pulling out your phone.
– The Verge

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Technology: Ehang’s Passenger-Carrying Drone (Video)

Drones for racing & recreation, drones for recreation, drones for exploration, drones for the military. Indeed, there are drones for home and work, but how about for the commute (e.g. for human transportation)? Yeah… that’s coming.

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Can Prosthesis Give An Opponent Power? Yes! About 8,000 Pounds Of It (Video)

Prosthesis is an 8,000-pound, 15 foot tall, 18 foot wide, exoskeleton that is completely controlled by a human operator. It’s the world’s first racing “mech” (a class of tech that includes robots or machines controlled by people). Built by Furrion.

I mean. I know it’s tech. But it’s a BEAST, too!

@ojones1

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Uno Bolt: The Electric Unicycle (Video)

This is cool commuter/recreation travel tech all by itself, but I am going to embed some “Spiral Zone” after the jump so that y’all might understand why this has me so geeked up!

This is the Uno Bolt, the first electric unicycle with built-in stabilizers. You can turn by leaning, accelerate by leaning forward and leaning back to slow down. The top speed is 22 mph, has a 25-mile range and fully charges in 45 minutes. An LED display shows distance, speed and battery percentage. It is equipped with an all-terrain tire and can climb hills up to 45 degrees. The lever can be used to reverse and break instantly. The LED lights can light up the night. A Kickstarter campaign is underway for Uno Bolt. One can be yours for $1,000. Now go explore, one wheel at a time.
– Tech Insider

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Science: Checking Out The Scene, On Mars, With Footage From The Curiosity Rover (Video)

‘White-balanced’ eh? Okay, so the video was touched up a bit. Still, imagine: There is an Earth vehicle roaming Mars… now… looking around… for topography and perhaps proof of life.

Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada gives a descriptive tour of the Mars rover’s view in Gale Crater. The white-balanced scene looks back over the journey so far. The view from “Vera Rubin Ridge” looks back over buttes, dunes and other features along the route.
– NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Gaming: Madden ’18 Predicts A Winner For Superbowl LII In Its Teaser (Trailer)

Who you got for Super Bowl 52, Pats or Eagles? How about we watch this EA Sports Madden NFL 18 simulation first. Watching how things could ‘play’ out might sway your decision. Plus cool to watch.

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Science: How Far Have Our Spacecraft Traveled So Far (Video)

New Year’s… on these occasions we usually look back and look forward at the same time. How about we do something like that here: As we boldly go into 2018, let’s take a look at how far we have boldly gone, into space as a human race, already.

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit Earth. In those 60 years, we’ve gone much further, reaching new planets and even the edge of the solar system. Watch as the human race explores the galaxy around us.
– Tech Insider

@ojones1

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New Ways To Get Started In The Stock Market With The RobinHood App (Video)

Use our code to get started in the RobinHood App & get some FREE stock! More info and video below and after the jump.

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Technology: Tesla’s New Semi Truck And Roadster (Video)

Aw c’mon maaaan! Real-life Tony Stark (aka Elon Musk) had his company whip up a couple of new future whips… and one is a TRUCK????! A damn SEMI??! Wow!

Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new Semi truck and (in a surprise) a second-generation Roadster. The truck is supposed to get 500 miles per charge, while the Roadster is said to achieve 620 miles.
– The Verge

That’s 500 miles, at maximum weight, at highway speed… which Tesla’s truck can get to faster than today’s diesel models. Yeah. Musk’s truck can kick our trucks’ asses.

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Julius Horsthuis’ Computer Presents “Fraktaal” (Short Film)

So this is what’s hot now? Computers are just randomly banging out dope short films like this “Fraktaal” joint? Wowwww, Julius Horsthuis has found a way to make movies that are compelling to watch, quite literally, without even trying.

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Technology: The Latest ‘Atlas’ Robot Is A Lean, [Hopefully Not] Mean, Jumping Machine (Video)

Yeah, we’ve posted on this bot tech before (Atlas). It’s getting better.

(You do realize that we WILL all be wiped out by super-smart, super-agile ‘murder-bots’ someday, right? And it will be our own damn fault. At least, that’s what the movie trailer guy will say… Ha!)

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Technology/Gaming: Learn To Make Car Repairs In Virtual Reality (Video)

Perhaps not an age-old question, but a cool one to answer: “Can I learn to fix race cars without risking damage to something expensive (like a car, or myself)?” “Oh wait, follow up, I don’t have a car, garage or tools of my own; does that matter much?. Oh, and wait, do I have to get ‘dirty’ and stuff?” Hahaaa!

Fix your car…in VR!

It’s time to get your car ready for racing without getting your hands dirty. “Wrench” is an indie game for virtual reality that lets players assemble photorealistic components for a custom race car. Players diagnose problems with their speed machines and try to fix them.

The game is still in development, and the developers say it won’t include any driving simulation either.

– Vocativ

Well, there’s your answer!

@ojones1

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Technology: Norwegian Prototype Autonomous, All-Elelectric Ship To Launch In 2018 (Video)

Yes, the Yara Birkeland is all-electric. And autonomous, so no human crew required. Shipping overseas without the pollution, muss, or fuss. Sign us up! Even the ones who don’t want it. Sign them up, too!

(Cost of the new ships = $25 million each. Saving the planet and the lives of potential crew members = Priceless!)

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Future Farm: Growing Food With No Soil And 95% Less Water (Video)

Vertical farms use less land, less water, less energy… and seem to be more efficient at producing food. Facts. But don’t take my word. The video says so, and I am sure the claims are verifiable if you want to go looking.

Me? I hope the authorities are looking into vertical farms. We have almost 7 billion people on this rock, and a lot are going malnourished and hungry.

@ojones1

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Elon Musk Updates The 2017 International Astronautical Congress On The SpaceX Mission To Mars (Video)

Elon Musk is going to Mars. You know that, right? We have been saying it here. But this visual presentation… Okay, you know when a planned trip starts getting real? When you have real talk about how to get there and how to PAY for it. Click play above and watch Musk get real right from the start.

Elon Musk gives new details about SpaceX Mission to Mars at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia and reveals plans to shorten most long distance travels to less than 30 minutes. September 2017.
– Expovista TV

Full disclosure: There is a lot of science & tech in this talk, but you can hang. Press play and get excited about the future of space travel!

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Technology: This Is Facial Recognition… On Steroids (Video)

Now we have a step up because we know who you are.

Wow. Remember when Hov said, “Streets Is Watching” (actually, rapped or… you know)? Well, now they’ve upped their game. They’re watching… figuring out who you know, how you feel, what you’re thinking… And if you are not concerned yet, I gotta ask, “What ARE you THINKING??”

(What do you think might be done with this tech? Why don’t you think they are ALREADY doing it?)

@ojones1

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Business/Technology: In China, People Usually Carry Less Than $15 In Their Pockets… But NEVER Leave Home Without Their Smartphones (Video)

Got that “Making Moves With Puff” (Craig Mack) playing in the mental for some reason. Something about the headline maybe. Haaaaa, bwoooyyy!

Buuuut, for real, they DON’T gotta get the cash nowadays. See how China is already in the future? Cash is already dead in China. They pay for EVERYTHING with their phones. Cash is NOT king, unlike in the States. They don’t even do credit/debit cards. Even chipping off money to the homeless… all digital, with the phone, homie. Watch!

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