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Uber’s Flying Taxi (Video)

Uber unveiled its flying taxi prototype, which looks like a giant drone from CNBC.

So they came up with a concept for a four-passenger taxi that flies? Now THAT’S how you earn the name Uber for real! This is uberAIR.

The reality of urban air transportation is closer than you think. In fact, Uber Elevate has already started exploring the barriers we’ll need to overcome to make vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) a reality and bringing uberAIR to Dallas and Los Angeles by 2020. Watch this video to see what an end-to-end flight in an uberAIR VTOL will look like. We’re excited to partner with some of the world’s top manufacturers, real estate developers, agencies, and cities to make this vision a reality.

With VTOL aircrafts, passengers can enjoy quicker daily commutes, while our cities experience less traffic congestion and cleaner air.

– Uber

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A Cool, Modern, High-Tech Cassette Player? Yes! Check Out The ‘Elbow’ (Video)

Are you kidding?!! The crazy ad that ends up making mad sense! Do you know anything about this Elbow cassette player? Well, the concept looks incredible! They really might ‘raise the cassette tape culture’ (per their web page tagline).

Elbow is a new cassette player design concept, dedicated to restoring the glory of a cassette tape. Currently in prototype stage. Elbow has been conceived and designed by audiovisual art organisation BrainMonk.

VERY cool tech. VERY cool gadgetry. Score for both all in one! Hope y’all heads have not thrown out all your cassettes yet.


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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Pilots The ‘Method-2’ Mech (Video)

South Korean robotics manufacturer Hankook Mirae Technology debuted its first prototype piloted mech, the Method-2.

Remember that sci-fi-come-to-life robot we posted on here a while back? Well, Jeff Bezos took it for a ride a few days back. And that’s big; as big as the movie monster bot (another demo reel of it above).

Pause: Who’s Jeff Bezos??? Oh, he runs Amazon. That all… BOOM! Like we said, BIG!

Building a movie bot is a project success. Getting rich folks excited about it? The business! Although military contracts would surely be expected to follow, Slate did some digging that revealed that they – maker Hankook Mirae Technology – ain’t ready yet (more here). Disaster relief and cleanup – that seems to be the ceiling for these mega man-driven machines. Not as sexy as a ‘War Machine’ (Marvel), but no small feat. And after the storm, when the help comes, best believe these will be welcomed like some of the hottest things walking!

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Waverly Labs’ Pilot Earpiece Lets You Hear And Understand A Foreign Language In Real Time (Video)

It’s a Star Trek-style dream, but one that’s inching closer to reality.

See? Like Star Trek’s Universal Translator tech. Another nerd fantasy come to life right here. Give it another year, and it’s likely you will want one in your ear. To be certain, you’ll still want to learn the languages and nuances of those from foreign lands with whom you want to communicate… BUT… this Pilot Earpiece from Waverly Labs though: futuristic science fiction becomes science FACT! This Earpiece can translate a conversation between two native speakers of different languages in real time. See how above. Read more by clicking the link below.


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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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Asante – “Prototype” (SanteJazz Remix) [Prod. By Atu]


Asante blowing over an airy refix of Andre 3000’s “Prototype” done up by producer Atu. The track will be on Asante’s forthcoming release “Trilogy: The SanteJazz Trifecta Remix Series.” Is that beatboxing on the track, too? Gotta listen.


Technology: Prototype Wheelchairs That Climb Stairs and More (Video)

This is a game-changer for people who use wheelchairs to get around. Japan’s Chiba Institute of Technology has developed a robotic wheelchair that negotiates obstacles by turning its wheels into legs and climbing over them.

Holes and gaps in the road, bumps, sidewalk curbs, and steps currently bar access to free travel for those in a traditional wheelchair. Turning around in small spaces is also a huge challenge. But Chiba’s chair will change that. More robot than mobility chair, the robo-chair can actually climb stairs and move safely over uneven surfaces and onto or down off curbs. In addition, it can retract and realign its wheels to make tight 360 degree turns, all with the twist of a joystick.

So, this model proves the robo-chair to be more than a concept; rather a prototype. Next up: A project to develop wheelchairs that help people reach and read items too far overhead for folks using mobility chairs of today.

Collaborators from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, Yuan Ze University, National Tsing Hua University and National Cheng Kung University developed the i-Transport model wheel chair that can lift its passenger to a standing position. Other features of the wheelchair include:

  • A built-in microchip for monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and body temperature.
  • A touch screen with radio frequency identification technology that allows users to control home appliances and other electrical devices from their wheelchair.
  • Navigation software and obstacle detectors which allows users to enter the coordinates for frequently visited locations and change the routes upon request.

– Heather Fairchild,

Good tech. DAMN good tech!


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